Best hotels and hostels in Male

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    Hulhule Island Hotel

    This smart but fantastically overpriced hotel is nevertheless popular with people transiting between the airport and resorts. It’s mainly notable as the only place near Male that serves alcohol, for which expats in the capital frequently make the pilgrimage across the lagoon. There's a lovely pool and a good restaurant and the bar is open 24 hours a day.

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    Sala Boutique Hotel

    Set above Male’s most celebrated restaurant, Sala Thai, these six boutique rooms are of a very high standard, although like most Male non-high-rise hotels, there’s little or no natural light in them. On the other hand there are real spring mattresses, mahogany furniture, flat-screen TVs, Nespresso machines and minibars. An excellent bet for a high-end experience with a superb breakfast.

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    Somerset Inn

    This recent addition to Male's uninspiring hotel scene is a breath of fresh air. Run by the same team as the flashier Somerset Hotel, the Somerset Inn offers excellent rooms that – despite the very reasonable price – have Nespresso machines, high-speed wireless and a decent breakfast included in the price. Complimentary airport transfers in both directions are also included.

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    Novina Hotel

    Brand new in 2017, the Novina is eight floors of sparking modernity that stands out for its delightful staff, convenient location and creature comforts. Aimed at those who seek luxury on a budget, it might not exactly be cheap, but there's an excellent price-quality ratio given Male's abundance of overpriced hotels. Bathrooms are tiny, but minibars are well stocked.

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    House Clover

    Set over several floors of a high-rise building in the centre of the island, this 20-room guesthouse is sparklingly clean. The bright and spacious rooms have cable TV and decent bathrooms, while each floor shares basic kitchens and common areas. Staff members are super-helpful and reserving accommodation in advance is advised. A return airport transfer costs US$10.

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    Hotel Ocean Grand at Hulhumale

    The most upmarket hotel in Hulhumale, the Ocean Grand overlooks the seafront and has some great lagoon views from its front rooms. This is a good choice for transiting Male in comfort, with free airport transfers in both directions and very professional staff who seem to make a real effort to ensure guests are happy. Don't miss the charming roof terrace.

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    Hotel Jen Male

    By far Male’s best hotel is this smart Shangri-La–run property a block back from the harbour. A little slice of glamour in the heart of town, this temple of orchids, doormen and minimalist furnishings has 117 slick and stylish rooms, a rooftop gym, a bar and a lap pool, a spa and a sumptuous breakfast buffet. Transfers from the airport are included.

  • Lodging in Hulhumale

    Planktons Beach

    The best of the budget guesthouses on Hulhumale's beach, Planktons has enviably sleek, well-equipped rooms with a minimalist feel and a white decor with bright tropical colour accents. Breakfast is served right on the beach, and water-sports equipment is available for those who have some time to kill. Staff are friendly and professional.

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    LVIS Boutique Hotel

    The creation of four brothers whose initials give this hotel its unusual name, LVIS is an eight-room property on a side street in the heart of mercantile Male. Inside you’ll find gleaming rooms, each with minibar, safe and flat-screen TV, making it a decent and stylish choice.

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    Skai Lodge

    This attractive and well-maintained townhouse full of plants boasts 13 clean and well-maintained rooms (those upstairs are bigger and brighter) with good bathrooms, hot water, phone and TV; some even have balconies, which makes this a good deal by local standards.

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    Marble Hotel

    On the far side of the island with some great views towards neighbouring Villingili from its higher rooms, Marble Hotel offers good-quality, spacious accommodation with TV and fridge. It's not particularly convenient for the airport ferry, but it's very handy for the Villingili Ferry Terminal if you're heading to the atolls. Breakfast is not included.

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    Somerset Hotel

    This is the smarter of the two Somerset properties in Male, but there's actually little reason to pay twice the price for this one. It's not that much fancier: this being Male, the rooms are still rather cramped. The staff are delightful, however, breakfast in the downstairs cafe is excellent and the location is central. Transfers included.

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    Real Inn

    Tucked away on a side street just a block back from the airport ferry, this place is the cheapest deal in town. The rooms are simple but have all you need, including fridge, cable TV and hot water. There are just two singles, so it’s best to reserve in advance for these. Look for the 'rooms for rent' sign.

  • Lodging in Hulhumale

    Sunny Suites Hotel

    Right on Hulhumale's bustling beach strip with the roar of the ocean breaking on the reef in front of you, this 19-room hotel recently underwent a name change (it was formerly the Fuana Inn), but has otherwise largely stayed the same. The modern, clean rooms are nothing special, but all doubles come with balconies looking out over the sea.

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    Le Vieux Nice Inn

    One block back from the beach, this friendly place is remarkably popular for its relatively low prices, good restaurant and excellent location in the middle of Hulhumale's chilled-out backpacker zone. Rooms are comfortable and modern, and the welcome is warm. They will pick you up by car from the airport if you give them notice.

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    Park House

    The brightly painted Park House offers 24 large yellow-and-green rooms with dark-wood furniture and rock-hard mattresses. It’s not a particularly great place, but it's decent value by Male standards, and has a pizza restaurant downstairs and a convenient location in the centre of town. Breakfast is not included.

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    Mookai Hotel

    Overpriced and rather outmoded it may be – with a slew of fancy new hotels under construction nearby likely to raise the bar – but the Mookai does have a great location just seconds from the waterfront, small but clean and well furnished rooms, and a tiny but effective rooftop swimming pool to cool down in.