I've just finished a two week stay here (a business trip - this hotel is not a resort hotel). I'm back again, having stayed here for several months earlier this year.
I was very pleasantly surprised to be recognized by name by several hotel employees, even though 6 months had pased since my last visit. The staff here at this hotel are really pleasant, very courteous and very service-oriented.
The HIH is a great hotel for business travellers to Male, Maldives. If you have business to do in the aviation industry, it's only a two minute shuttle ride to the airport, and the free shuttle operates 'on demand' - simply show up at the front entrance and the shuttle will take you to the airport. If you have business to do on the main island of Male, there is a free water-shuttle service (a hotel ferry-boat) operating all day. For sure, it is a lot more pleasant to stay at the HIH on the airport island than it is to stay at any hotel on the main island of Male.
The best place to eat in the hotel is the Pool Bar restaurant. If you are lucky, you can grab a seat at the bar that surrounds the outdoor kitchen area, and the chefs will tell you what is available that day and what they recommend. The Tandoori chef is especially talented, and all the ingredients for the Tandoori menu are set out, on ice, for your review. You can ask the chef questions about the various menu items, and then watch as your meal is cooked in the Tandoori. The quality of the food is superb.
This hotel is expensive - there is no escaping that. Some of the charges, such as US $150 a week for internet and US $6 for a can of Coke are a bit annoying, but if you set these irritations aside, the hotel is generally excellent. The location is great, the property is clean and well-kept, and the staff are extraordinarily helpful and friendly.
This hotel is a great place to stay for lengthy business trips to Maldives. Sadly, guests who just stay for one night when passing through the airport don't have the opportunity to get to know the hotel staff, who are without a doubt the greatest asset the hotel has.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hulhule Island
- Hulhule Island Male
- Hulhule Island Hotel Maldives