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“Average for Male” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #9 of 38 Hotels in Male
Ribeirao Preto, SP
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42 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Average for Male”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

I've been to Male two times (2010 and 2011) and stayed in three different hotels. And my general impression is that you have limited options of choice.
This hotel is one block from the main commercial street (Majeedi Magu) and the National Stadium. It is a walkable distance to the Male jetty that serves to/from the airport (if you do not have a lot of luggage to carry...)
Liked: free internet (get a password at the reception); check-in starting at 10am; good AC.
Disliked: very small room (that seems to be the rule in Male); cleanliness could be improved; no box or curtain at the bathroom; only local channels on the TV.
All in all an average option for an overnight stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

I returned to the Boutique Inn and stayed there on two occasions this past 6 weeks, as I heard it now has new management. It is a much improved place to stay in Male, with almost everything good, especially for a short stay, or overnight customer. The new staff are helpful and very keen to please, especially in the front office and in the rooms maintenence areas. I found Naphiu, the night supervisor and Faisal really helpful and I noticed that everyone, including the manager, chips in to help when a bunch of overnighters arrive. Certainly in better shape than it was last year -- and they are improving all the time.....

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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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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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 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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Singapore
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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