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“Excellent Property” 5 of 5 stars
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Sala Boutique Hotel
H. Buruneege, Hithahfinivaa Magu, Male 20044   |  
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Ranked #1 of 28 Male B&B and Inns
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Excellent Property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed in March 2013 with wife and my 18month old son. The Rooms are huge, considering that male is a tiny city itself.
Thomas is brilliant at what he does. The response from him was immediate as soon as we booked the hotel . And he gave us all the information we needed ! And yes the Thai food there is AMAZING. Wish we had time to also try the italian restaurant.
The room + washrooms are very clean antique. The room ambiance is amazing though i wish there were some more lights in the room since its a bit too dark.
Overall if you want something under $200 in male , this should be the place. Infact I wonder that in a tiny city like male , you could get any room better then this !

Room Tip: We stayed in Bangkok room !
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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27 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Turn in through the gates into the courtyard and the dusty, noisy chaos of Male is left behind. Impeciible service and lots of little touches that make Sala a delightful place to stay. Our room was small but very tastefully furnished with a very nice bathroom. Comfy bed and good air conditioning.
Don't miss this lovley little hotel if you need to stop over in Male - the choice is limited and this is good value for money. Nothing is cheap in Maldives. Eat at the hotel's restaurant - it is fantastic.

Room Tip: Our room did not have a window to the outside (no outlook) we didn't find this an issue for the...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Sala boutique hotel is a lovely place in Male, Maldives. The owner Thomas was very welcoming and helpful. The staff were friendly and nice. The Thai food was very good and the service was great. It was the perfect place to stay before our island getaway. The one and only complaint is that the room was quite small. All in all a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

After what seemed like days of non-stop travel and early mornings arriving at Sala Boutique Hotel was like entering a cool and peaceful escape from the heat, humidity and bustle on the street. Once I stepped inside the courtyard it was like entering another world.

The food was exceptional - as good if not better than any I've eaten in Thailand, the staff gentle, kind and respectful, the air con excellent, and the bed comfy. But it was all the little details and the ambience that made this a great place to rest and recover before embarking on my next adventure.

Thomas too is a real sweetheart - his love for his family and the beautiful sanctuary he has created here is clearly evident. I was so peaceful here I didn't actually leave the hotel.

Oh and the call to prayer - which is the first thing you hear in the morning darkness, is one of the most beautiful I have heard anywhere.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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leicster
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6 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

short words........... mr thomas you a star excellent service excellent rooms would recommend this beautiful hotels to many friends and family KEEP IT UP... THOMAS is an excellent host from the start of our stay till our depature thank you

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilnsdorf, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I stayed here for 1 night. the hotel itself is not bad, however my room was very small and in my opinion overcharged. there were 2 main things of concern when i was there: there was some construction going on (noisy) but the real problem was the owner. He shouted at his employees and talked to them very rudely everytime I could overhear a conversation. I think he didn't know that I was in my room and could actually hear what was being said. Another issue, when I arrived, the owner took a phone call in front of me and gave a room away to less then half the price to what I paid. I feel ripped off!! I would not stay here again or recommend this place. There are better hotels for the same price all around Male

Room Tip: The room Koh Samui is very small
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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ThomasSalaFamily, Owner at Sala Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, January 12, 2013
Dear Judith,

Thank you for your comments, noted, as a matter of fairness let me also give my comment; we all have our "days" where things just don't move the way they were supposed to be, especially when you hire a third party company to fix a more than urgent matter such as the repair of our rain catcher that was flooding our open area. The company promised to first of all work clean - this was the lobby part in front of rooms and secondly to finish within 3 hours to avoid complications for the check ins that were on hand at this day. Its the rainy season and it was heavily raining those days.

As already said this day wasn't as expected, the progress of the work was delayed to an extend I was afraid we had to live with the risk of getting flooded and secondly the company was spreading dirt all over the place giving the area a touch of construction site, completely out of place in a hotel operation. You may think this was respect-less? A third party that has such work behavior shows no respect to those who pay them and have agreed to their services! My reaction might have been a bit rough, maybe, but, having a 7 days week since years 16 to 18 hours a day leaves sometimes little room for patience if it comes to such issues that needs to be resolved in the interest of our guests that expect to have a clean and safe environment.

Regarding the reservation call you seem to have overheard while passing by the reception, we do give last minute rooms to work permit holders here in the Maldives as a gesture to colleagues here in this country regardless of nationality or race including local people; should this offend you I am truly sorry but similar practices are common in all hospitality related areas such as in the airline industry.; its a recognition of the trade we are in.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

When traveling, I usually do not stay at smaller boutique hotels. However, this is truly a diamond in Male. The owner Thomas has been working in hotels and resorts for over 40 years and decided to settle and run his own in Male. There is a certain craftsmanship that comes with his experience and he is extremely accommodating and helpful. We really like the touch of Thai represented in the hotel, with each room representing a city in Thailand.

In our situation, we booked a side trip to another island and had the burden of our luggage at check out from another resort. Thomas helped set up the luggage pickup from the airport, transported the luggage to the hotel and picked us up later that evening. Without his attention to detail and timing required for this to work, it would have been quite a burden.

After the long day, it's nice that he has a mini massage/spa onsite providing Thai Massage, Reflexology and Mani/Pedi.

His restaurant inside, Sala Thai, is well known and many travelers in Male can tell you the food is wonderful. Honestly, prior to the Maldives we were in Thailand, and the food was on par, and in some cases better than Thailand. It tasted cleaner and has a nice presentation.

For breakfast, you enter the Venice Room, where there are pictures of Venice Italy on the walls. The breakfast consisted of dark german bread, omelette, cheese, sausage... to name a few. Very good.

As we were running late to the airport, his staff also accommodated us to the check in, to make sure we arrived with our luggage on time.

If you're staying in Male, even for a night, you will not regret staying here. The cost is fair and you feel you get more than you pay for with their service.

Room Tip: We liked the bigger Ayutthaya room.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Sala Boutique Hotel

Address: H. Buruneege, Hithahfinivaa Magu, Male 20044
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly opened 5 star boutique hotel at a 4 star price in the center of Male the capital of the Maldives, the jetties are 5 minutes away, owned and operated by a German/Indonesian couple, a different type of hotel with personal touch and care, a wonderful oasis in a busy city ... more   less 
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