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“The best hotel in Male' City”
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Hotel Jen Male
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Male
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

If you need a hotel in Male', this is the best that you can get. They pick you up from the airport and it's just a 5 minute ride on a speedboat to get to Male' City (and to the hotel). It's in a good location on the side of the island that is facing the airport. No plane noise at night. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, good selection of food and beverage and a nice rooftop bar.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

If you are looking to stay here you are likely to be either Air Crew, a businessman or tourists on transit to one of the Maldivian Paradise Islands. Male is best described as a commercial and residential island, very busy but with little to do for tourists. The hotel gets 4 stars from me for its great staff, very friendly and helpful and it's functional, well decorated and clean rooms. Ours had a king size bed and a large bathroom with a great rain shower with glass walls to the rooms and blinds on the outside, great for the odd surprise :) the bed was good, there is tea and coffee in the room and free fast Internet, wired and wifi. The food is good quality and there are plenty of walking distance restaurants. Be aware that Male is more strictly Islamic and as a result is 'dry' you need to go to another island for a drink. Overall I rate this as a good place to stop over if you need to be here (male), not such a good place (male) to choose to be at for more than a day or two.

Room Tip: Some rooms face the bay and others just the other office buildings!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank Smaske1
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

A typical city hotel in the center of Male, the capital of the Maldives.
The hotel is a high rise building and part of the Shangri La Group.
The rooms were comfortable but very small.

The hotel did really not look that inviting.
The pool was nice, the restaurant by the pool slow and the food was acceptable.
This hotel should be used when doing business in the capital, or as an airport hotel (5 minutes by ferry)
Overall I wasn't impressed and thought the hotel was expensive for the services and looks provided.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We booked one night at Traders Hotel because we needed a place to stay in Male after our resort vacation, as our connecting flight was early in the morning. The pickup and dropoff service to and from the hotel to Male airport was very well planned and we had no problems. Our room was nice and clean but small, and given how costly the hotel was, we were very disappointed with the service. The breakfast wasn't good at all and none of the dishes had spoons with them when we went to eat. Our package included lunch, but since we got to the hotel late because of delays in our seaplane transfer from our resort, we were told that we could get an equivalent of $25 per person for dinner at the rooftop restaurant. The rooftop restaurant food was horrible and I went hungry as I couldn't eat it. We had asked for hair conditioner, as there was none in the holder in the bathroom, however, after a long time, a person came to fix our air conditioner. It was funny because I guess they didn't understand us over the phone, however, our problem was not resolved. Because we were on our honeymoon trip, the hotel gave us a nice cake to celebrate that. It was a very kind gesture, although we didn't like the taste of the cake. All in all, we expected a lot more out of a $500+ room, and we were quite disappointed. The view from our room was not nice either. We wouldn't recommend staying at this hotel, unless there is a necessity.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We got into Male late so decided to stay the night at Male rather than waste a night in the more expensive resort. The Traders Hotel was very good. A smiling face welcomed us at the airport and it was a hassle free transfer to the hotel. We were quickly checked in and then in our very nice room. A buffet breakfast was included in the morning which was delicious before we were taken back to the airport for our transfer to the Lux resort in the Maldives.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

We stayed at the Traders Hotel which is part of the Shangri la group for 2 nights in May 2013 following our 5 day stay at the Olhuveli Beach & Spa resort Maldives (which is reviewed by me separately).

Transfer
The representative met us at the airport very promptly by their stand (75) and escorted us to the speed boat where we received life jackets and bottles of water. The transfer to the hotel took less than 5 minutes. We embarked and then was escorted through an alley way to the hotel 3 minutes away. The luggage followed by car moments later.

Check-in/ reception
Was quick and effortless. The reception staffs spoke excellent English and were very welcoming. There is a coffee shop in the corner of the hotel and is appeared to attract a few business people conducting business affairs. The lobby didn't feel crowded and infact the smell of fresh coffee and lemongrass ( from the mini humidifier in the corner) was very pleasant.

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We chose to stay here because we wanted a 'sterile' environment before leaving for home. Yes the Olhuveli was amazing but our 4 year old has mild eczema and there were no baths in the deluxe villas and the shower room had ants and geckos and Mosquitos as one would expect on a island and we didn't want this to be the last impression we had of this wonderful place. Plus we were minutes from the airport so we didn't want tofeel the usual anxiety about getting to the airport and checking in sufficient time. We were allocated an executive suite (RM 0608) which was halfway up the hotel. It had a partial sea view if you stretched your neck out the balcony. I would have preferred a room higher up but I guess it's worth mentioning this when you book because I omitted to do this. The bed is a queen size bed with a firm mattress.
The room is just like the pictures, although in reality a bit narrow. Overall though, great provisions as you would expect - robes, kettles, iron, ironing board, torch, lint brush, alarm clock and safe. Virtually no noise from the bustle below.
Generally very little wear and tear and excellent decor throughout. The toilet is separate from the bathroom which was very spacious. The bath itself however, is about a third smaller than the standard UK bath. There are no bidet facilities in the toilet unlike most places in the Maldives. Air conditioning was quite and very effective. My only criticism is that carpet could do with a more vigorous vacuuming as there was hair embedded.

Wireless/WIFI
complimentary wifi was a huge plus given the extortionate costs on the islands. Pretty fast and consistent and much welcomed.

Balcony
Sufficient space for 2 chairs. Nice breeze as we were high up. Great opportunity to sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Male.

Breakfast/Dinner
Ample selection. Ignore the negative comments in other reviews. Lots of flavoursome items to choose from including fresh coconut water. Buffet dinner also very tasty with more than 5 main dishes to choose from. Sat night is Maldivian night in the Lime restaurant so the curries are extra spicy! The staff are very friendly and approachable. Special mention to Shah for making us feel at home. The top floor restaurant has a nice buzz. Good place to smoke, enjoy a beverage and use the wifi. Watching the sun go down from this place was amazing.

Pool.
Looked inviting but didn't get round to using it. Looks exactly like the picture - but smaller in reality.

Shopping/gifts
Male has a range of shops but these cater mainly for the locals. There is a dozen or so gift shops about 7 minutes away where you can venture if you fancy getting rinsed of all your hard earned dollars! Basically come out of the Hotel, turn left, walk straight ahead, past the white government building which will be on your left, towards the main junction. When you hit the junction you should see a big neon "Sony" sign on the top of the building. There's shops all around this little area selling wooden carvings, large pieces of dead coral (looks like they was imported from china - I googled these as they didn't look authentic) usual key chains and nick nacks. However ridiculous prices $38 dollars for ashtrays, $56 for little wooden boxes, coral for $130. To be honest we didn't see anything that we hadn't already seen in Thailand or Dubai where they were a fraction of the price. Also remember that you may get stopped at the airport for trying to take coral home whether it is dead or alive even if the shop keeper does say it's ok!

Lots of cafes and pizzerias about. Didn't find any of the large fast food chains McDees, Starbucks or KFC etc. Male was buzzing at dusk when the temp was bearable. I wondered over to the fish market and it is it what it is - nothing more.

Overall the hotel did for us what we expected and we left on a bigger high and equally more refreshed. Getting on the plane home was a virtual blur as we were thoroughly relaxed and sad to go.
Thanks Traders. Hope to see you soon.

Room Tip: Request a room higher up if the view of the ocean is a must.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank The_don786
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Stayed for 3 nights in May 2013 at this hotel.

Decent speedboat ride to the hotel for immediate check in and the room was clean except that the tile in #803 is scratched and looks / is dirty due to the abrasions.

The touch points I had with the team was generally good but whenever I wanted something delivered to the room like power adapter etc took some time.

The hotel is non smoking and if you need a room with a balcony, one has to cough up USD 50 at least per night.

The Buffet Breakfast was good, lots of choices from Chinese to Continental. Beware the bacon is beef!

Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I will definitely go back.

Room Tip: Rooms ending with 03 could be a bit noisy, especially the lower floors due to the school near by.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Sugath W
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Address: Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male 20096 (Formerly Traders Hotel, Male, Maldives)
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Male
Price Range: $212 - $331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Jen Male 4*
Number of rooms: 117
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