Now on my 8th day of a 12 day stay. Had to take a short (15 minute) boat ride from the airport to the Hotel. This service is provided by the hotel at no charge.
Maldives is primarily a resort destination (and an exotic one, too). This is not a resort hotel in that sense since it is located in the heart of the capital, Male, so it offers no beach, only a small rooftop pool. It is really for business travelers or for vacationers destined for one of the gorgeous resort islands.
Having said that, it offers very good accommodation. The rooms are simply but tastefully furnished and decorated. The bed and pillows are "comfortingly comfortable" and bathroom provisions (towels, toiletries etc.) are top class.
There are two restaurants: Lime on the 1st floor offers a sumptuous buffet plus a la carte. The Azur on the rooftop takes dining to a higher level. The food generally is excellent with a heavy touch of Asian cuisine. As a Muslim country, alcoholic beverages are not served (not even wine or beer) although I'm told they are available on those islands declared to be "resort islands". This can deprive a fine meal of its deserved glory.
Although I have heard others complain about slow room service, the one occasion I used it the order was delivered within 20 minutes.
There is a well-equipped gym on the rooftop which is open from 6am to midnight. There is also a spa on the 3rd floor but since I haven't used it I cannot give a first hand account.
There is no entertainment offered (no dancing, shows or anything of that kind) and nothing like that seems to be available in and around the area, no doubt in keeping with the Islamic culture, hence boredom is a real danger.
The staff is friendly and helpful.
Overall, a good place to stay for a business trip or en route to one of the resort islands.
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- Also Known As:
- Traders Hotel, Male, Maldives Hotel Male
- Hotel Jen Male Maldives