What We Love
- In the center of Palm Springs, but feels worlds away thanks to fragrant gardens and stunning Moroccan architecture
- Delicious free breakfast served daily around the fountain in the courtyard
- Free bicycle rentals, afternoon mint tea service and Sunday yoga classes
- Vintage movies screened each night under the stars. Request your favorite classic flicks at the front desk
- After dark, the hotel is lit by firepits and glowing lanterns
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- In keeping with the serene, romantic vibe, there are no TVs or phones in the rooms
- Because there’s no bar, you can bring your own wine and beer
- No on-site restaurant, but there is free breakfast daily and a local restaurant can deliver room service
- Children 13 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
There’s something special about this hushed little Moroccan hideaway. Perhaps it’s the buildings themselves, a series of 1920s and 30s bungalows built by a Scottish painter who had lived in Tangiers. Perhaps it’s the illustrious history—Errol Flynn sunned himself by the pool, Rudolph Valentino seduced his second wife and Churchill practiced painting in one of its lofty rooms. But whatever it is, we feel more transported after a night here than after an entire week’s vacation at other hotels.
Bed and Bath
The 28 rooms—split between the original home and the bungalows across the street—are all different but are unified by an effortless boho vibe. Think sleigh beds draped in gauzy netting, Persian rugs topping cool stone floors and whitewashed walls beneath beamed ceilings. Some rooms up the romance factor with fireplaces, Japanese soaking tubs and private patios fragrant with citrus and oleander.
You’ll start each morning dining on homecooked meals around a fountain in the courtyard, a riot of olive trees and date palms, bougainvillea and orange blossoms. By day, lounge by one of two pools, play a round of bocce, borrow a book from the hotel library to read in the hammock or take the bikes for a spin around town. At night, couples recline on striped loungers piled in Turkish pillows while the hotel screens classic Hollywood flicks beneath the stars.
In the Area
Start the morning with a hike up to Tahquitz Canyon or the Seven Sisters Waterfall at Indian Canyons. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go to local favorite Cheeky’s for brunch; you’ll find banging breakfast items alongside some of the best Bloody Marys around. After you’ve fueled up, take a design and architecture tour with Palm Springs Modern Tours; you’ll see masterpieces by Albert Frey, Richard Neutra and John Lautner. If you’re looking for a date while you’re in the desert…head out to Shields Date Garden, where you can cool off with one of their famous date shakes while gazing out at the trees.
How to Get There
Lovely place and very quirky. Old fashioned but modern but needs a few updates. The tiny bath with shower over was chipped and unclean, should be replaced with a shower tray. Other than that it was a super place to stay, quiet, romantic and a complete break. No TV’s at all which was actually really nice to have a complete break. Just delightful. Staff are attentive and helpful. The hotel is split into 2, one side of the road is the Moroccan and the other side was Mediterranean, but you can use either side depending on what side you stay
We booked three nights here but were only able to stay one as I got really really sick our first night in town. The hotel was super accommodating and let my fiancé cancel the next two nights without charge so that we could go home and I could go to the doctor. The staff were so nice and I wish we could have stayed. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back soon!!
Korakai is spectacularly beautiful. The Moroccan design influence is gorgeous and sexy in an elegant way. The rooms (we had two different ones) are very comfortable. Spyros was a nice room. It was small, but really cute. It was particularly hot during our stay (116) and the air conditioner gave out, so we were moved to an amazing room, the Mykonos. Loved it! Would like to go back. Mykonos has a small kitchen with a stove and an oven. There was also a record player (!), which was fun, but two of the records were scratched and didn't work at all. Still, it was fun to have. The bed in that room is for giants. LOL. It's SOO high and I'm not tall, so it was a challenge, however, it's so pretty (a canopy bed), and comfortable one I hoisted myself up there, I didn't mind. The Spyros room didn't have a full length mirror, and I missed it. Mykonos did have one and it was especially pretty, stylish.
The pool on that side of property is perfect! The water was very clean and the temperature was just right. There are two pools and on the opposite side of the street they have a different pool that I didn't use. The landscaping is so pretty. Lots of bougainvillea and native plant and they use Moroccan lanterns for decoration. At night there are candles and there's a fire pit and fire wells that illuminate the pool.
Breakfast was divine! Dining on the pretty patio was a treat and the food was delicious. Very well presented, too. The service is impeccable. Everyone was friendly helpful. This place is extremely well run and their staff is excellent.
My one complaint about my stay is that I got 12 awful bug bites! I don't know what bit me and I'm not sure when. I suspect I received the bites while sitting outside, either at the pool, or outside the room on the lovely Chaise lounges. BRING INSECT REPELLANT. My partner only got four bites. Apparently I'm tastier. If you think you might be a snack for bugs be careful and definitely take care to put on repellant. I didn't bring any, because it didn't occur to me this would be an issue. Would definitely be a five star review if not for all the bites. I would go back for sure, and I'd be better prepared to protect myself from the bugs.
DO NOT STAY HERE!! My daughter got back and I had to take her to Urgent Care. She is covered in bites. Diagnosis is BED BUGS! The villa name is Tangier. Every person that works at this Hotel was rude while we were staying there. After returning from our stay and finding out we had bed bugs we called to let them know and no one seemed to care. This is a disgrace. NEVER STAY HERE!!!!
My husband and I had a lovely two nights stay at the Korakia. This was our first time in Palm Springs. We stayed in the Bedouin Suite. It was in a very private corner of the property. I am the type that researches places to stay and reads all the reviews before deciding where to stay.
Some things were not perfect about the room but we didn’t mind much. The bed height could be challenging for shorter people. Maybe they can leave a charming box or step stool to step on. We actually bathed in the big bathtub which was a nice thing to have after an afternoon of driving around Joshua Tree National Park. It would be better to fill the tub to rinse it out, drain it then do a final fill. We found out the hard way but just showered off after. The air conditioning is a little noisy. We just turned it off during the night.
Some things were really nice! Breakfast on the front patio came with a choice of three items, very tasty. The items changed daily. The ambience and peacefulness of the place was wonderful. We liked the fact there were no kids and no alcohol. We didn’t need a full service place, the party pool scene, TV or room phone. Fellow guests were very respectful of others when we were there. The pool was nice and refreshing. There were towels laid out at each lawn chair. We only swam in the pool on the Moroccan side. The staff was very polite and helpful. The WiFi worked fine. Photos can’t do the place justice. It’s so pretty when the sun goes down and all the candles are lit. We loved our room, so spacious and romantic, beautiful decor, comfy bed. The location is within walking distance to downtown and a nice restaurant called Spencer’s which was around the corner.
We loved our stay and hope to come back if we are ever in Palm Springs again.