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Average Base Cost: $16,000
Average base cost for a Korakia Pensione wedding is calculated by figuring a 100-person guest list for a Saturday wedding during their high season using standard catering options for food and alcohol. Transportation to venue, entertainment, decorations, room block, flowers, etc. are not included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand.
How it breaks down:
Facility Rental Fee: $3,500 in low season (Jan, June, September, December) and $5,500 in high season (Feb-May, Oct-Nov)
What This Includes: Setup, location fee, on-property coordination
Other requirements: A buyout of the entire hotel (28 rooms) for two nights (3 nights in April) is required in order to have an event there. Guests are able to book/pay for the rooms themselves. If a room is unoccupied, however, it will be your responsibility to pay for it.
Space Type: Outside
Bridal Suite: Your hotel room
Size: 100 guests
Food Service Type: Depends on caterer
Party On! All events must end by 10 p.m.
How Will Grandma Get There? Guests can stay in one of the 28 rooms reserved for the wedding, or at a nearby hotel such as The Viceroy, Parker Palm Springs, or The Ace. Click here to see available Palm Springs hotels.
Korakia Pensione is a Moroccan/Mediterranean-inspired small boutique hotel near the heart of downtown Palm Springs. There are two parts of the hotel: One is Moroccan and one is Mediterranean, and they are directly across the street from one another. Built in 1924, the Moroccan villa was originally called Dar Marroc and was the hideaway of Scottish painter Gordon Coutts. The painter drew on his time spent living in Tangier to create the property’s Moroccan architecture and decor. The Mediterranean villa was owned by Coutts’ neighbor and silent-film star J. Carol Naish. Restored in 1989, both villas make up Korakia Pensione and site on 1.5 acres, with two pools, bungalows, guesthouses and gardens. The New York Times has called the Korakia “One of the sexiest hotels in America.”
Woman Getting Married Says:
I recently visited Korakia Pensione during a trip to Palm Springs. While we stayed at The Ace, I would definitely consider not only staying here next time but having an intimate event. The grounds are beautiful, and while they tend to be a bit more rustic than plush, they are very charming. The one thing I would note is that there is not a ton of space for a large group of people, so the venue might be better for 75 guests and under. I would also be slightly worried about the 10 p.m. noise cutoff. Because they are set back from the main strip in Palm Springs and are in a bit of a quiet neighborhood, I would be a little nervous about making too much noise, or constantly thinking that I was. This is one thing that makes it different from wedding venues like Parker Palm Springs or The Ace, where you can pretty much keep the party going as late as you want. If you’re looking for a lovely dinner-party style wedding with acoustic music and a subdued crowd, I would definitely check out the Korakia Pensione.