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“the worst experience - never stay in Marble!”
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Marble Hotel
Ranked #20 of 35 Hotels in Male
Guangzhou, China
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35 reviews
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“the worst experience - never stay in Marble!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

we arrived Male on 11pm at night so have to stay in Male for one night for the next day's seaplane. we arrived Marble Hotel at around 12:00am and were informed we have to wake up at 4:00am for a 6:00am seaplane. But when we got to the airport in the morning we were told that our seaplane is on 9:30am!!! we have investigated why this stupid mistake happened and the result is Marble want to give our room to other travellers!!! How a poor and rediculous reason!!!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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McAlpin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2011

We got stuck on the island for a few days and moved here from a hotel near the ferry docks, where we found it very noisy. This hotel is right at the other end of the island so a 20 minute walk or four minutes by cab from the ferrys, which make noise late into the night. So it's still convenient even for a one night stay. There's a passable restaurant right across the road and the rooftop cafe (not as good) for dinner.The simple breakfast is quite acceptable. Rooms are very small but have TV and A/C. Bathrooms are new and clean. Don't accept a room on the top floor as it is right beneath the cafe, one of Male's hotspots.You'll hear chairs scraping and people running up and down the stairs to the elevator all evening. The staff are wonderful. They will do anything for you. We wanted to visit an island that wasn't a resort and one girl called her father to see if anyone is his village would take us as guests for the night. They bent over backwards for us. We tried a few hotels in Male and none were terrific but this was the best of the bunch.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2011

We are seasoned maldives travellers and have worked and lived in Maldives over the last 10 years. On recent trip we were recommended the hotel for one night stay in Male which can be dicey to say the least. The staff were excellent - and nothing was a problem. Room was small but excellent value and get this - free wireless internet everywhere in Hotel. Excellent breakfast included. It is our new default for value quality hotel in Male!

  • Stayed January 2011
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2 Thank CreAitken
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Paarl, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2010

Staff is very friendly and helpful but the room is disastrous, there were only a sheet on the bed, no blanket or duvet. The shower's door was broken and could not even be closed. The towels were grey (white) and dirty. I am just so glad we only stayed there for 1 night on our way back home.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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MarbleHotel, Owner at Marble Hotel, responded to this review, 26 February 2011
Greetings from Marble Hotel!

Thank you for your valuable comments. We are very sorry about the unfortunate mishaps you have experienced with us. We have been on the verge of upgrading our services, and hope that you would find our services improved, if you happen to visit us again.

Once again we apologize for your inconvenience.
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Istanbul
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5 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2010

Hotel has nice small roof restaurant with really good island view and they have nice pizza nothing special. We stayed one night bed was kinda uncorfatable. I saw little bug in wardrobe.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Taha_TR
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Seattle
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

We flew into Maldives later in the evening and missed all the island transfers so we had to pick a hotel in Male for one night. This is alright for that kind of situation. It was one of the cheapest ones in Male (in Maldives standards), we paid around 110-120 USD a night. No frills, they do have an AC and a TV, and close enough to the commuter ferry (a cheap cab ride to the dock).

Yes you have to take a ferry or boat to get to Male from the airport and back. The commuter ferry was very convenient and quicker than I expected (about 15-20 minutes one way). It cost about 1 or 2 USD per person so it's not bad.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank travelbug_407
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Singapore
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32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2008

My wife and I stayed at Marble Hotel for a night while in transit to our resort, which is a common practice for most tourists since flights to Maldives generally arrive late in the night.

While the island of Male is small, Marble Hotel is literally located on the other end of the island from the jetty, and since there are not so many cabs on the island itself, it took us a good 45 minutesto walk to the hotel on our arrival in Male since the promised transfer from the hotel was nowhere to be found when we arrive, even though this was clearly indicated on the hotel's website and that we have provided all our arrival flight details.

To make things worse, when we arrive at the hotel, we were told that there was no record of our reservations, and that the room type / rate we had booked for does not exist! Lucky for us, I had printed every single documentation from their own website when I had placed the reservations, including their tariff sheet, email correspondances with one of their hotel staff, etc, which I had to show to them to prove that we indeed had a booking at a pre-agreed rate as indicated on their website.

Another thing to note is that you should not be fooled by the beautiful pictures on the hotel's website. As far as I could tell, the only place where you could probably get a decent view of the ocean is from the cafe located right on the rooftop of the property, since the hotel is located relatively inland.

Breakfast, which is included, is rather decent, if you take it with a pinch of salt that the continential set is about the only choice available after they show you a menu with about 5 choices of set, place your order, and only to be told time and again after about 10 minutes that your choice is not available -_-

Finally, when it comes time for check-out, it totally baffles me why their credit card POS Terminal for the USD transaction simply could not work, but their one for MRF could. So be it that I will be suffering multiple exchange rate conversions, but does anything work properly in this hotel?!

I guess I made a wrong choice in choosing this hotel, thinking that it looked good on the website and that the reviews on the other Male hotels weren't that attractive. But mark my words, no matter how unattractive the reviews on the other hotels may seem, their locations which are right in front of the jetty should pay off since most tourists stay in Male only for transit. Don't bother staying at the Marble Hotel, it simply isn't worth the hassle and the frequent rise in your blood pressure.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Marble Hotel

Property: Marble Hotel
Address: Kanba aisa rani higun, Maafannu, Male 20335 (Formerly Marble Tourist Lodge)
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 35 Hotels in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marble Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marble Hotel is a 10-minute drive from the jetty. It is secluded from the busy traffic and hectic life of the Capital Male' City. Super Deluxe rooms overlook the ocean, with colorful sunset scene to capture your heart. The hotel has a restaurant & cafe' serving ala-carte menu. ... more   less 
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