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“Small and simple hotel” 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
Vantaa, Finland
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16 hotel reviews
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“Small and simple hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

This is very small hotel, but it's just fine for short modest stay. Complimentary airport transfer works, I was fetched from airport 20 mins after call to hotel (flight was hours late). There is no restaurant, but they make simple breakfast. In room the bed takes most of the space, and the electricity sockets might work or not. There is no warm water. Free WiFi works ok. The swimming pool was out of order.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

friendly and very helpfull staff my partner and i stayed a few days in this hotel which is basic but most hotels in male are. my partner was taken ill on our last day and admitted to hospital. the staff went out of their way to help me although i was due to check out in the morning they let me use a room at 7 pm to have a shower at no charge kept my partners luggage for a week ti
ll he was discharged from hospital arranged transport for me to the ferry.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Canberra, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

Like everyone else, we needed overnight accomodation before flying out to our resort the next morning. After doing plenty of research on Male accomodation, it seemed pretty clear its overpriced and not of a great standard. So the challenge was to not feel entirely ripped off after checking out of one of these places. Boutique inn did acheive that. It still ended up being $100 US after all the taxes but it was clean enough as our expectations werent high. The bathroom was pretty dirty with half used mini shampoo bottles laying around with the labels peeling off. Having travelled through the sub continent which holds similar accomodation I did just laugh it off though. The room was Tiny! Not much room after the makeshift double bed (two singles pushed together) to get the door open. The service was friendly enough.

In summary, knowing how comparatively cheap this place is compared to other options I think some peoples expectations are unfair. It was a few hours of our life spent mostly sleeping in the airconditioning before heading off to paradise.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

There is nothing ‘boutique’ or ‘villa’ about The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee. There is, however, a whole lot of dirty and unfriendly. We cannot reconcile our extremely negative experience here with some of the more recent comments. We had an online booking (which we re-confirmed via e-mail before our flight) and arrived late at night to a dank lobby staffed by a surly woman and clueless young man. Despite being the only people in the lobby, the woman kept us standing and waiting while making a number of phone calls, the purpose and outcome of which she never shared. Finally the man escorted us up to our room (one floor by lift) and led us into the dirtiest room we’ve ever seen. Trash still in the waste bins and the bathroom looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in quite some time. He hovered waiting for a tip as we gaped at the horror before us. When he finally let himself out, he gave us no key. Needless to say, we didn’t get a good night’s sleep.

Any pros?: The sheets were clean.

Other cons: We left first thing in the morning, too terrified to check out the “free” breakfast or pool.

Verdict: Wouldn’t come back even if it were the last hotel on earth.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011 via mobile

We checked in early and spent the day and night in Male. The owner himself decided it was his responsibility to show us, two females, around, which was nice of him although DO NOT eat at the boutique inn for lunch when he invites you if you are on a budget- he ordered the three of is a simple and nice Maldivian lunch without even mentioning payment, until the next morning when we were handed the massively overpriced bill. The owner had conveniently disappeared and left the non existent wake up call to the nice guy downstairs who pretends to know English. And you don't get blankets, luckily we found two in the kitchen.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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36 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee

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:
#1 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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