Riad Talaa 12 Hotel
Marrakech has a dizzying array of accommodation, and the riad fever that has gripped the city for the past decade or so rages on. Another Moroccan boutique stay in the funky old Medina is Riad Talaa 12. Your Moroccan adventure starts the moment your cab drops you off, and you have to zigzag through djellaba-clad streets and alleyways, with the ultimate goal of entering a serene little palace.
Tucked inside the Medina’s ancient walls, just minutes from the tooth-pullers, snake charmers, witchdoctors, and hustlers at Place Jemaa-el-Fna, a stay at Riad Talaa 12 is a passport to the centre of the action.
This secret oasis features a light-filled courtyard with orange trees, palms, and plenty of intimate seating areas. Some of the 8 rooms and suites are overlooking the courtyard, and through the entire space you can admire the simple yet contemporary Moroccan style. All the decoration at Riad Talaa 12 is absolutely beautiful, so for me as a treasure hunter I felt like Jack Sparrow in there.
If your purchases from the souks start to weigh you down, you can nip back for some mint tea on the roof terrace or during wintertime by the fireplace. The rooftop, with 360 view of the Medina with the Atlas mountains in the backdrop, is where you have breakfast in the mornings, lunch if you want, and when it’s warm enough dinner in the evenings.
Apart from the excellent personal service, Riad Talaa 12 offers an in-house hammam with massage services, and they are happy to arrange cultural tours, personal shopping guides, and day passes to nearby pools or to Nikki Beach in the Palmeraie area.