My partner and I take only a few vacations a year, so we try to thoroughly research hotels to maximize our enjoyment. We didn't want a cookie-cutter chain hotel experience, and we certainly got that at the Korakia. We stayed in the Moroccan main section, which I think is the more ambient and lovely part of the hotel. When you're lounging at the pool, you really feel like you're somewhere exotic in the middle east, and that was a great experience. We felt we had two vacations in one! I also loved the grounds at night, lit by fires and candles, and swimming in the lovely heated saltwater pool.
But having stayed there, I now understand all the ambivalent reviews about this place. If the rates were lower, people would have different expectations, but for the premium prices, people generally expect more for their money. While our room was charming and quaint, it definitely needed some TLC. As other reviews mentioned, our king-sized bed was made up of two not very supportive twin beds pushed together and topped with a feather mattress. It didn't make snuggling time the best experience, and I was a bit achy waking up in the mornings from the unsupportive mattress. While our room was big enough for a sitting area, there was no couch or comfortable armchair to relax and read a book. We ended up pulling in some of the outdoor furniture from the terrace to make an impromptu seating area - otherwise the bed would've been the only place to sit down. The hotel advertises that most rooms have kitchenettes, which is what we wanted since we were planning on making light meals in our room. Unfortunately, the kitchen was completely unstocked save for two plates, cups, forks/spoons. We called down for some kitchen supplies to be brought up, at which point we realized that the stove/oven was non-functioning, and that we had to eat all of our meals out. Unfortunately we discovered this only after we bought groceries. The first morning, I also discovered that the only outlet in the bathroom did not work, which meant I could not plug in a toothbrush or hairdryer. Our room had huge closets, but not a single hanger. The lovely heated pools are open all night, which is great, but most of the time, we found that all the pool towels had been depleted and had to bring towels from our room. All of these things may seem like trifling things, but they add up when you consider how much you're paying for amenities that you're really not getting.
Overall, we liked our stay there immensely despite all the minuses and the staff was kind and accommodating. However, for our next Palm Springs trip, we would probably rent a self-catered small house with a pool since it would be cheaper and have all the amenities we are looking for.
- Also Known As:
- Korakia Pensione Hotel Palm Springs
- Korakia Pensione Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Korakia is an experiential resort housed in two lovingly restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. A stunning location for small destination weddings and intimate group events. ... more less
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