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“Great place to stay on Maafushi”
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Picnic Inn
Barbados
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great place to stay on Maafushi”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here for three nights and would have stayed longer but it was booked out!

It was a really nice guesthouse- good size room with hot water, fridge, wifi, TV, AC and included breakfast. It was really quiet so the sleep quality was very good. The breakfast could have been a bit better.

The staff were so nice in particular Jowel who couldn't do enough for us. We organised a boat to bring us to the sand bank (a must do) and even though there was a problem with the boat Jowel ensured that we got to go on our trip and we had an amazing day.

Maafushi Island is a really beautiful small island and I'd definitely recommend staying in Picnic Inn for your time on the island.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Taipei, Taiwan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

The staff from picnic inn are so nice. They remember each customer's preference. The room are so clean and fresh linen and towel everyday. The chef made very good maldivian breakfast. First day we arrived Maafushi island, the staffs already waited for us at the ferry terminal and helped us with the luggage. Overall, its a very good value hotel. Must try.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

I really enjoyed my travel to maafushi, I stayed in picnic inn hotel 2 weeks, clean rooms with good room service, WiFi, great restaurant with wide range of local/international foods, very friendly and helpful staff and also cheapest price that I found in maafushi. Free bikes were great to ride around the island.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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amsterdam
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We had an excellent stay at the Picnic Inn on Mafuushi.
The staff is great and very helpfull. The room was big and clean and nice shower.
The courtyard was nice to chill out and the wifi was stable.
And you can take the free bikes to roam around the island.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Pune
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

First, let me start from the pick-up. I could not find anybody with the Hotel flash card on out arrival at Maafushi jetty. After 5 mins, a person came asking if we are looking for Picnic Inn and took us to the hotel. We were very pleased to be welcomed with a refreshing drink on arrival not realizing what was to come ahead!

1. Hotel area is full of mosquitoes.

2. When the hotel staff was leaving Joel after showing us the room, the bathroom door was open (as I had just taken a look inside). He, very rudely, told us keep the door shut always unless required to be opened. When I asked him if there was any special reason (mosquitoes?) for this, he again rudely replied "No, keep it closed because I am telling you"! God!.. I was wondering if I was a guest or a prisoner!

3. No locker facility in the room. I believe this is very important for beach hotels!

4. No hot water kettle in room.

5. No telephone in room.

6. Most basic... the hand shower in the bathroom could hardly throw 2 feet of water; plus no alternate head shower available.

7. Leave aside other toiletries, even a basic soap is not present in the bathroom

8. As Maldives is very close to India and as most of the hotel staff is from Bangladesh, people are aware of Indian choices. So, everybody knows about tea with milk (the way we Indians prefer it). Even Joel was aware about it as when we asked for evening tea, he asked me back whether I require black tea or milk tea. When I informed him about my preference of milk tea, he bluntly replied that he has only gold milk. We countered politely that if that was the case, he may heat it up. He agreed; albeit reluctantly!
Even worse, his first answer when we asked him for tea was a blunt reply "It will be chargeable."

8. The AC is at extremes - either off (too hot) or too cold. Only another bed-sheet was provided to pull-over while sleeping. So, we asked for a blanket / quilt. Yes!.. as expected... "We don't provide blanket.. I can give you extra one more bed-sheet". I took it (had little option :( .. ).

9. I went out again (no telephone .. you see).. to ask him for some soap in the bathroom.. reply was expectedly shocking... "We provide soap only on request... you go now, I will give you tomorrow morning" ...Hilarious! .. By then, we had made up our mind to move to a better place and had even struck a deal with another hotel on the same island (that would be my next review)

9. As we had opted for half-board, we were served dinner -- very dry noodles with even dryer salad (aka cabbage!).. which we had to push down our throats!

10. No sleep.. reasons being AC/ no blanket and also huge rock hard pillows!

11. All this for USD 100 per day ... no way... We earn for better isn't it?

12. Final nail in the coffin --- Next day's breakfast... tea was served with cold milk!

We checked out immediately!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We were in Picnik 16 and in a word all super very good holiday
picnic is about 3 minutes from the beach Commerce beach is very nice .Everything is clean, the food good and the staff very friendly and helpful

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2014 via mobile

Very impressed with our two nights here and we were both very sad to leave. This is an incredibly well run guesthouse with competitively low room prices.

Comfy bed. Clean. Very good pillows.

The staff here really can't do enough for you.

The food at the hotel is around $4-$12, so for the Maldives this is a very reasonable price. And the food was nice too! And the menu is huge!

Would definitely recommend this for your stay in Maafushi for a good budget option, you will not be disappointed.

Stayed here as a couple in Jan 2014.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Picnic Inn
Address: Bahaaree Hingun, Whitefish, 08090
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Maafushi Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Maafushi Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Picnic Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PICNIC INN – A Wonderful Destination In Maldives. Picnic Inn is a guest house for the concept of excursions, boating, fishing and diving & snorkeling tourism located in Maafushi. Maafushi is a typical island of Maldives, located nearby International Airport. Maafushi and the atmosphere gives the feeling of real holiday in the really beautiful island of Maldives, where islands, beaches, lagoons, reefs, corals, sandbanks, mantas & dolphins are naturally beautiful and it feels really getting back to the nature.Picnic Inn is a wonderful opportunity for budget travelers, who want to manage limited budget for their vacation in Maldives. Picnic Inn is an easygoing, boating fiesta, riches excursions to the beautiful islands and white beaches surrounded wealthy echo-system also promise some of the world's best for water sports, snorkeling and diving. ... more   less 
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