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Hotel Review: Maldives Airport Hulhule Island Hotel

by on November 26, 2013 · 6 comments

in Around the World, Hotel Reviews, Trip Reports

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This is the second post of in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives

As part of  my recent jaunt to India and the Maldives, I spent my first night in Male at the Hulhule Island Hotel before taking a seaplane to the more opulent Conrad on Rangali Island, where I stayed thanks to pre-devaluation Hilton points and also two free nights from the sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Reserve card.

Welcome to Hulhule Hotel.

Welcome to Hulhule Hotel.

Located on the Male International airport, the Hulhule is a convenient place to rest your head after a long flight. I arrived from Singapore at 10:30pm and the seaplanes to Rangali island don’t fly at night, so an overnight was the only option. The city of Male is actually a ferry ride away, so this hotel is perfect for a quick one-night stay but I wouldn’t recommend it being your final destination.

Hulhule Hotel receipt

I got two Superior Rooms for one night for $537.56.

I booked two Superior Rooms for one night, costing a total of $537.56 ($269 per night), through Agoda.com, which I found to be the cheapest option and included a 21% early discount.

Location, location, location.

Location, location, location.

There is a free shuttle that runs around the clock to and from the airport, which is only five minutes away, as well as a complimentary ferry to the capital that takes 10 minutes.

A guestroom at the Hulhule Hotel.

A guestroom at the Hulhule Hotel.

The Hulhule Island Hotel has 136 rooms including suites with their own private jacuzzi. As I wasn’t going to be there for long and knew I was heading to the luxuriousness of the Conrad, I opted for the cheapest simple Superior Room. It was basic but perfectly comfortable, with a King size bed, ocean view, and modern decor.

The bright Hulhule Hotel Lobby.

There are plenty of opportunities for ocean views around the Hulhule hotel.

The room had a flatscreen TV, iPod docking station,  coffee and tea maker plus full bathroom amenities and slippers.

The breakfast buffet.

The breakfast buffet.

There were a few nice extra touches too, such as a choice between 16 types of pillow, fresh fruit upon arrival, and a complimentary breakfast buffet that included more fruit, and a wide choice of hot and cold dishes. The breakfast wasn’t the nicest buffet I’ve had, but hit the spot since we had a 7am flight and just needed to grab food before we left for the airport.

Natural light shines through in the Hulhule Lobby.

I spent a good deal of time in the lobby as the internet connection was faster there.

WiFi was complimentary in the lobby, but you had to pay for it in the room and it was extremely slow. I ended up getting a refund and just using the free lobby wi-fi that was quick enough to make Facetime video calls.

The front of the Hulhule Hotel.

The front of the Hulhule Hotel.

Overall, it was a step above your average airport hotel. Where the Hulhule shines is in convenience- there was a van waiting for us on arrival and also to take us to the airport the next morning. I’d much rather stay here than trying to take ferries late at night between the airport and mainland.

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  • Nick

    Thanks for this TPG. Going to be in a similar situation and was looking for a convenient/decent place to spend the night in Male before heading to the Park Hyatt.

  • sam_goh

    @Nick – The PH xfers as late as 11:30 p.m. which should handle the latest SQ or Malaysia Air flights. You will get billed for that night even though you do not arrive at the PH till 3 a.m. though.

  • pacifico

    To be honest Traders Hotel is much better quality and even cheaper, the hotel owned speedboat is comfortable and just take five 5 minutes which just like a bus, and they will take care of all your luggages delivery to your room, I would be more recommended Traders Hotel.

  • Glaire

    I’ll be staying the Conrad in January and get in on the same 10+pm flight. I’ve been in contact with the hotel and they will arrange a domestic transfer + speedboat to get to the Conrad probably sometime after midnight.

  • JustSaying

    Just enjoyed Bill Mauer and interesting note from the show talked about Terrorism and Male as one of the breeding grounds………..Can’t imagine any interest at all now in going to a desolate island where there is no quick reaction team or force to counteract a terrorist group…………..Really glad I watched this show as going over the logistics in getting back and forth to the Hyatt or Conrad makes me believe the juice is not worth the squeeze……..I guess if you are ok sitting like a duck for an extended period it would be a weird sort of rush but if the foie gras is cooked right on the Riviera why bother?

  • ZH

    Going to be in the same position – was thinking of staying the night at a airport hotel and then flying out the next morning to PH. Any idea with the first flight out to PH is?

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