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The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   G.Villa Shabnamee,, Handhuvarudhey Goalhi, Male 20101   |  
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Ranked #16 of 38 hotels in Male
Wilmington, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“I hate to agree with the recent posts, but....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2011

We stayed here for one night prior to getting on a liveaboard dive boat. It pains me to write a negative review of this hotel, because the staff were so nice and tried hard, but were incompetent at best. Our room was clean, but that's about it. Checked in and went through a "who's on first" routine with the guy who showed us to our room--I asked for soap, he said "we have soap, but no soap." "So you don't have soap?" "Yes we have soap, but we have no delivery so don't have soap today." "So no soap?" Etc. Finally he went and got soap from another room. Small victory.

Curtains falling down, lightbulbs out. light fixtures broken or missing. No A/C in dining area. Went to sleep only to discover no blanket in room. Breakfast included (don't bother even asking about THAT) but wanted to charge us extra for coffee, which was not included. Swimming pool on roof not only ugly but dirty.

I did speak to the manager/owner the next morning, who recognized weaknesses and said they had just taken over the hotel and were trying to fix all the problems. I hope they succeed, because it's in a decent location for an overnight stay and again, the staff are very pleasant. Perhaps in a few months it would be worth checking out again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2011

Maybe OK for a transit stop, but no service to complain about. The manager in the earlier reviews must have left......

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pace del Mela, Italy
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

I had booked a deluxe room (worth 90$) after reading several positive reviews about the kindness of the staff. But what does kindness mean? If it means lots of smiles, then yes: we got a lot of it. But of course a hotel is needed for much more than that. We were given a room that was not deluxe (I did not ask why we had been downgraded: it was a quick stop-over, so I would not mind saving a little bit), but what we found was really bad: the room was tiny; we were two people and we had to make turns to move around the room. The temperature in the toilette was litterally 120°F (more than 40°C) as shown by my wrestwatch-themometer, due to the heat coming from the outside ait-conditioning motors. Inside the bedroom the temperature was lower but still very hot. we might have used the A/C, but the air floss was pointing directly towards our bed. We did not sleep at all, which - in a way - was our luck since the wake-up call we had requested never came. When I asked the reason of the missed wake-up call, all I got was a big smile and no explanation at all. A shrugging put an end to the conversation. I won't go back over there.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, Singapore, US
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

Stayed two days and one night here at the end of a week-long liveaboard. The rest of the group overnighted at Club Faru and paid over 3x what we did and were all disappointed. We didn't know what to expect for the price we paid, but the staff was consistently friendly, the rooms were comfortable and the bed was just the right amount of firmness. In particular, the manager exceeded our expectations in that he had someone meet us at the Male Airport to get us on the ferry, was waiting to pick us up from the ferry arrival point, had a taxi waiting, and then brought us back to the ferry once our stay was over, even paying for the ferry. It was only $2 fare, but the small things are very meaningful.

The building itself is in good shape and has a lift, which was unexpected. Be sure to check out the pool on the rooftop -- we didn't know where it was and never got to go.

Wireless internet is free on the 1st and 2nd floors -- the manager did mention that they are trying to extend it to higher floors.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

We arrived into Male pretty late and instead of checking into our resort hotel, we decided to opt for a one-night stay in a relatively more affordable accommodation. After reading some reviews on tripadvisor, we eventually decided on The Boutique Inn. The inn is pretty small but the service was warm and friendly. We got the deluxe room and it was to our surprise, clean and huge for a boutique inn standard. Toilet was basic, so don't expect much. For a stop-over, I think that I should have done more research. Time to get to this hotel was approximately 40 mins (included a boat ride from Male International Airport to Male City plus waiting for the rest of the group). This time could have been saved if I had chosen the hotel near the airport.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2010

Without a doubt, this is the best value for an overnight or long stay in the capital of Maldives. I stayed for about one month in May-June 2010 on a government contract and it was my home away from home, thanks largely to the hospitality of the manager, Umair. The Maldivian breakfast is a treat that is not to be missed! Spotless rooms and baths have all basic necessities including free wifi. There's a lap pool on the roof. Location is within walking distance of all major attractions including artificial beach and fish market, but a cab anywhere on the island is $2. I've stayed in other Male Hotels and this is definitely the best for a long stay or just one night. How good is this place? Resort personnel stay here when they are vacationing in the city! Umair is fluent in English and manages to communicate with everyone, even Chinese. He will make sure you don't miss the plane!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

We recently stayed here as a scouting trip for our holidays in Maldives later this year. It is a new Inn and the rooms were decent size. Nothing too big but perfect for our needs. The beds were cosy, comfortable and sufficiently large. It's situated in the heart of Male and therefore close to everything. However there is nothing much to do in Male and is a great for a stopover before continuing to island resort. Umair, our point of contact runs the show and is a Great help. He has good knowledge and takes care of your needs. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: G.Villa Shabnamee,, Handhuvarudhey Goalhi, Male 20101
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 38 hotels in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the very heart of the city, The Boutique Inn @ Villa Shabnamee Male provides the island's most exotic welcome. Ideal for business people seeking comfortable facilities, as well as for leisure travelers heading to and from the atolls and resorts. Located in such a way that it is away from the city’s vibrant traffic while having direct access to the main business street and is also close to the main transit jetties of the city. The hotel features a roof top infinity pool and exceptional all day dining experiences in Hotels Bistro Restaurant. ... more   less 
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