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Hotel Jen Male
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Male
Certificate of Excellence
Sennen, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Watch out for Dynamic Currency Conversion”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

I've stayed here many times over the years. It is what it says, a city centre 4 start hotel. Rooms are satisfactory, very comfortable beds, excellent air con. Showers are great, rain shower ones in all rooms except those that have an actual bath in the bath room..then it's just a shower over the bath. You have a proper kettle in each room, with tea and coffee replenished daily. Though they are are happy to bring extra supplies if you're a tea addict like me.

The higher the floor, the better the view...but the price for rooms also goes up as they class these as sea view rooms. Food is ok, room service speedy and both Azur and Lime offer great selection. Roof top bar, has great selection of non alcoholic drinks..but are very pricey...US10 for a "mocktail" even in an expensive city like London I would expect alcohol for that type of money! Service can be pretty slow at the roof top bar, as a few (only a few mind) of the staff are VERY adept at ignoring you! This is also true of a couple in the Lime restaurant, where breakfast is served.

The hotel has a pool on the roof, with fantastic views of surrounding islands, though sunbeds are looking a bit ropey these days and are double ones...and only 10 of them, great on a romantic island, but not practical in a business hotel. There is no shelter up there, so it gets VERY hot!

This brings me to the main fault of this hotel, and the title of my review. This hotel adopts dynamic currency conversion, ie. Drinks and food prices are shown in local currency, but when you get your bill or go to check out they have been converted to US$ for "your convenience"! Which means they have converted the local price to US with usually an unseen commission/mark up (however tiny it maybe) going to the hotel! If you ask to pay in Rufaaya, they will then convert it again, which I suspect is another ploy! I ve spoken to them several times about this little "con" but they deny it and say it's all done purely as a convenience to their guests! All I would say, is keep a check on what you're paying, and in what currency, and check it against published bank exchange rates.

This type of rip off of customers needs to be outlawed. It is in many hotel chains in Europe now!

Sadly this little thing mars another wise almost perfect review!

Room Tip: Ask for as high as room as possible, to get a decent views
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2014

I Left a luggage with the staff for storing there for a week as I went to another island. After I picked it up I didn't have enough time to check by belongings before my departure flight. When I got home I realized I am missing an expensive designer jacket, and accesories when I got my luggage back.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Colombo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014

Traders is the only 5 star hotel in Male. Centrally located among main government offices and just a hop and a jump from the jetty this is the best option for business travelers in Male. Staff are very professional and attentive. Specially the concierge is very helpful and would recommend you places if you let them know your requirement. Rooms are of average size but tastefully decorated. They have 2 restaurants, Lime on the 2nd floor and Azur on the roof top. Breakfast buffet needs more variety. If you are a regular traveler here you really get bored with their never changing menu. Azur is a totally different story. It’s simply gorgeous. Food and drinks are a bit overpriced but of good quality. At night beautiful view of the male city and the airport island from here is breathtaking....

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Dinu W
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Kingston, Jamaica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

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.

Room Tip: The upper floors offer a good view of the harbor and nearby airport island.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Gurgaon, India
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145 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Had a wonderful stay at this hotel in early Feb. Excellent location and very well kept property. The rooftop pool is another excellent feature.

Only complaint is the price. At 300$ it is not value for money.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Thank shaili99
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Male
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Very simply put: between USD 500 and 600 for a single room with breakfast for a 4* star hotel with ordinary features & services...outrageous, bordering a rip off. I pay less at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok or at the Raffles in Singapore.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Jen Male
Address: Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male 20096 (Formerly Traders Hotel, Male, Maldives)
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Male
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 35 Hotels in Male
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Jen Male 4*
Number of rooms: 117
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