We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“You get what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Central Boutique Inn

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Central Boutique Inn
Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Male
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“You get what you pay for”
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
Helpful?
2 Thank bruiserliss
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

53 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    10
    15
    17
    7
    4
See reviews for
5
22
11
7
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (4)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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
Helpful?
4 Thank destroubadours
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Male hotels

4 of 5 stars
Show Prices
4 of 5 stars
Show Prices
4.5 of 5 stars
Show Prices
5 of 5 stars
Show Prices
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2011

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
Helpful?
2 Thank Thepinktravelbug
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ribeirao Preto, SP
Level Contributor
62 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 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
Helpful?
1 Thank BrazilBackpack
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tacoma, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
Helpful?
3 Thank Edam47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
66 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 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
Helpful?
1 Thank Scubalo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Tacoma, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 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
Helpful?
2 Thank Edam47
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Male
0.4 mi away
Hotel Octave
Hotel Octave
#3 of 35 in Male
4.0 of 5 stars 190 reviews
0.7 mi away
The Beehive
The Beehive
#4 of 35 in Male
4.5 of 5 stars 35 reviews
3.1 mi away
Hotel Ocean Grand at Hulhumale
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Hotel Jen Male
Hotel Jen Male
#2 of 35 in Male
4.0 of 5 stars 469 reviews
0.2 mi away
Luckyhiya Hotel
Luckyhiya Hotel
#22 of 35 in Male
3.0 of 5 stars 104 reviews
0.2 mi away
Skai Lodge
Skai Lodge
#12 of 35 in Male
3.0 of 5 stars 58 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Central Boutique Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Central Boutique Inn

Property: Central Boutique Inn
Address: G.Villa Shabnamee,, Handhuvarudhey Goalhi, Male 20101 (Formerly The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee)
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Central Boutique Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Central Boutique Inn is an established Male’ capital city of Maldives, and has been in operation for the last eleven years as Dhoveli Inn ,The Boutique Inn at Villa Shabnamee. After taking possession and a brief period of becoming established, we started operating roof top swimming pool for our in house guest and added a multi cuisine restaurant to ensure a steady flow of customers (tourists and locals) through its doors. The past two owners had owned the property for five or to six years each; the business has not been operated to its fullest capacity and was run down. Central Boutique Inn is now operated and managed by Holiday Night Pvt. Ltd a family owned company. Central Boutique Inn is a B&B boutique hotel located in Male’ city capital of Maldives was originally built in 2004. We offer twelve wonderfully furnished rooms to guests who want to stay at male’ city with attached bedrooms with room and toilet amenities. We have a full-service restaurant, a roof top swimming pool. The buildings have undergone a number of restorations and we plan more, possibly adding a spa and gym. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Agoda, Orbitz, Hotwire, Odigeo, Priceline, Ctrip TA and Travelocity so you can book your Central Boutique Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Boutique Inn At Villa Shabnamee Hotel Male
Central Boutique Inn Maldives/Male

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing