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“Run Away!” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hulhule Island Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hulhule Island
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Run Away!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

It started off with a catastrophic failure. I had a confirmed booking and showed it to them at check in but the hotel claimed it didn't have a reservation and also claimed not to have any rooms. After 2 hours of playing phone tag my agent and their middleman in the Maldives, the hotel finally admitted that they had lied and in fact did have a room they could put me in but it was more expensive. They were supposed to charge it back to the booking agency but upon check out they billed me. I am still fighting that one!

On top of that, during the two hours waiting in the lobby they didn't so much as offer me a drink. The numerous air crews who came in all got welcome drinks as they waited in the non-air-conditioned lobby.

The second night the A/C for a complete wing went out and was out for nearly 24 hours despite promises that it would be fixed in "30 mins". It was easily in the high 80's in my room that night as I tried to sleep. No apology from the hotel. No attempt to make it right.

The service is very poor though you wouldn't know it by the numerous awards for "Best Airport Hotel - Maldives" on display in the lobby. Perhaps it's because it is the ONLY airport hotel in the Maldives.

If you eat at the hotel (which you will likely do because it is the only place to eat on the island) expect to have to chase down the wait staff to bring you a menu, then again to bring you a drink, then again to take your order, and again to bring you the bill. A smile or courtesy will never happen.

On the positive side, the location is convenient to the airport if you are arriving late or leaving early. However, I'd still recommend you take a short (5 min) water taxi over to a hotel on Male and stay there for the night based on my experience at this hotel.

The breakfast was also well done. It had a good variety and good quality.

Bottom line: Do not stay at this hotel unless you ABSOLUTELY must. If you do, keep your expectations very low and triple check your reservations even if you have a confirmation.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

The Hulhule Island Resort is very expensive and the service is terrible. The reception is not very welcoming at all. The pool service is bad. You have to wait a very long time for the waiter and most of the time they just wandering around but not actually serving the guest.
Avoid the a la carte Restaurant on the top as the food is too spicy and the staff doesn't care if you cant eat it. No discount or apologies from them.
The only nice aspects are the rooms. Good amenities and spacious.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

I have stayed here on many occasions and it is mainly geared up for Air Crews as it is next door to the Airport. Its a nice hotel with a man made beach in which the snorkelling just off shore is fantastic. The food is good but overpriced as are the drinks, but it is a predominantly Muslim country. (You cannot bring in duty free alcohol) If you are travelling here for a holiday my advice is to go to one of the islands. However, if you just want to stop over before a next day flight or for business its great.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012

Stayed here for one night while waiting for our transfer out to the MV Orion - got in late at night - was checked in straight away.
we didnt really use any of the facilities - but it did have a great looking swimming area.
The breakfast was great and included in our room charge.
The room was comfortable and the Aircon worked very well - we had water views which was nice , everything was clean.
The bathroom had beautiful shampoo and conditionerwhich was a bonus.
I didnt think that the minibar was expensive at all .
A good comfortable stop over hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andy&suey
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

We spent one night here before flying to another atoll to board a live aboard dive boat. We were given a room on the 2nd floor with a partial water view but there were definitely rooms with balconies or full water views. For only 1 night we decided not to spend the extra money. The shuttle van was very prompt picking us up at the airport and taking us back the following morning. The room was a bit tired and the rug under the bed was quite dirty, but the bathroom was clean enough and the tv worked. The buffet breakfast had something for everyone and the quality was fine. We didn't get a chance to see the pool, so can't comment on that. To access the internet, we had to go to the lobby and obtain a password in order to use their wifi. It was at least free. If I returned to the Maldives and just needed a transit hotel for the night, I would stay here again for the convenience factor.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank marcianluanda
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Additional Information about Hulhule Island Hotel

Property: Hulhule Island Hotel
Address: PO Box 2118, 20030
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Hulhule Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hulhule Island
Price range (per night): ₹ 26,418 - ₹ 33,586
Hotel Class:4 star — Hulhule Island Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 88
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Also Known As:
Hotel Hulhule Island
Hulhule Island Male
Hulhule Island Hotel Maldives

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