We spent the night at Hotel Octave in Male before transferring to our resort the next morning. After booking on Agoda, I tried contacting the hotel via email to confirm the reservation but never received a response. So after a long journey, when we were greeted on arrival at the airport by a representative of the hotel, it was a welcome sight. We were told that our resort had contacted the hotel and informed them what time we were to arrive back at the airport the next morning for our seaplane transfer and shown where we would check-in for the seaplane (the checkin desks are located next to the arrivals area of the international terminal). The representative then walked us to the ferry, purchased our tickets and told us there would be someone waiting on the other end. As promised there was and were taken to a car and driven all but five minutes to the hotel. Male is a safe city and even at 11pm the streets were abuzz with people.
On arrival we were given a welcome drink and checked in. Our bags were taken to the room before us. The room, while not large, was comfortable and spacious enough to accomodate a queen size bed, a small desk, a mounted flatscreen tv, and our three suitcases. Some complimentary bottle water was provided as well as basic bathroom amenities included. The airconditioner worked well, the wifi was free and provided reasonable speeds. We were able to skype using it, but streaming video may have been blocked. The bathroom was not luxurious with an open shower, but was clean and free or any odors with ample hot water.
Breakfast was provided the next morning and was very basic - think eggs, coffee, toast and sausage which passed more for a hot dog. Before transferring the next morning, I grabbed 2L bottle of Coke and a few snacks from the store across the street to take with us to the resort (as with almost any place in the Maldives you can pay in US $). The transfer to the airport was exactly the reverse process except we were upgraded to a speedboat for this journey.
Overall the hotel, which is owned by Impex, one of the largest tour operators in the Maldives, was a pleasant stay and a great option for a short stay in Male.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Octave Maldives/Male