Sala Boutique Hotel

H. Buruneege, Hittahfinivaa Magu, Male City, Male City and Airport, Maldives, 20084 - See map
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8.7
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Breakfast12
Housekeeping4
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Sala Boutique Hotel

"The Thai restaurant onsite is fantastic."

Alice - January 19, 2019

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Popular landmarks
People's Majlis (The Parliament) 70 m
Mulee-Aage (President’s Palace) 150 m
Hukuru Miskiiy or Friday Mosque 180 m
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) 190 m
National Museum 350 m
Islamic Center 380 m
Sultan Park and Museum 390 m
Presidential Jetty 410 m
Male Local Market 570 m
Hulhumale Island 4.71 km
Nearby landmarks
People's Majlis (The Parliament) 70 m
Immigration 150 m
Munnaaru Minaret 150 m
Velaanaage - Government Offices 150 m
Mulee-Aage (President’s Palace) 150 m
Maldives Marketing and PR Corporation 160 m
Hukuru Miskiiy or Friday Mosque 180 m
Medhu Ziyaarath 180 m
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) 190 m
Bank of Ceylon 200 m
8.2

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580 meters to the beach
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Exceptional cleanliness
9.0 rating for cleanliness
Exceptional service
9.0 rating for service
Fantastic breakfast
90% positive mentions
Excellent comfort
8.7 room quality and comfort

We were exhausted from the long travel time and this place was the perfect place to recover!

Cindy | February 16, 2020

The attached restaurant was outstanding and accommodated our large group easily.

Cindy | February 16, 2020

There is also a very good coffee shop directly across the street.

Cindy | February 16, 2020

Raj was incredibly friendly, helpful and accommodating.

Cindy | February 16, 2020

The rooms were well appointed and very comfortable.

Alice | January 19, 2019

The rooms were very clean and comfortable.

Cindy | February 16, 2020

  • 450 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Currency exchange

  • 580 meters to the beach

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

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Value for money8.1
Distance to city center0.1 km
Location rating8.2
Nearest airportMalé International Airport (MLE)
Distance to airport2.0 km

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  • Room size: 36 m²/388 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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  • Non-smoking
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      What people love about Sala Boutique Hotel

      • 8.8
        Excellent
        Breakfast
        "Breakfast good."

        IMRAN | February 17, 2020

      • 8.0
        Very good
        "we enjoyed our stay."

        Miranda | December 27, 2019

      • 8.0
        Very good
        Cleanliness
        "The hotel was nice, clean and decent for a one night stop before heading to our resort the following morning."

        Asad | May 2, 2018

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      32 sqm.
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      Overall rating:
      8.7
      Excellent
      384 reviews
      Cleanliness
      9.0
      Facilities
      8.3
      Location
      8.2
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      What travelers say they love:
      Great location with in-house thai restaurant.
      IMRAN from Malaysia
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      When visiting Male City and Airport, you'll feel right at home at Sala Boutique Hotel, which offers quality accommodation and great service. Only 1 km away, this 4-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as People's Majlis (The Parliament), Mulee-Aage (President’s Palace), Munnaaru Minaret.

      Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Sala Boutique Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service.

      Sala Boutique Hotel is home to 6 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including diving, fishing, massage, garden, water sports (motorized). With an ideal location and facilities to match, Sala Boutique Hotel hits the spot in many ways.

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      20 mentions
      Food & Dining
      19 mentions
      Housekeeping
      13 mentions
      Taxi
      4 mentions

      What they offer

      9.6
      Exceptional
      Staff 
      "Wonderful staff, very clean place."

      Lynda | October 25, 2018

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      Food and dining

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      Restaurants on site

      Sala Thai
      Cuisine:Thai
      Menu:Buffet

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      Overall rating
      8.7
      Excellent
      From 384 reviews
      9.2Service
      9.1Cleanliness
      8.8Food and dining
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      Room comfort and quality8.7
      Service9.0
      Value for money8.1
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      9.0
      Exceptional
      Siptis from Thailand
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in November 2012

      small, clean boutique hotel..excellent Thai food!”

      friendly, hospitable owner, warm service, great restaurant

      We stayed one night at the Sala Boutique Hotel at the start of our Maldives holiday. Booking and correspondence with the hotel to arrange airport pick-up was smooth and efficient. One of the hotel staff met us at Male airport and escorted us on the ferry and a short taxi ride to the hotel. Our room was small but well-appointed and spotless. Free wi-fi was also a plus. The highlight of the short stay had to be the hotel restaurant which serves Thai cuisine. My girlfriend and I are both Thai so as you can imagine we have pretty high-standards when it comes to "authentic Thai cuisine" and the owner was pretty confident that his restaurant's Thai food would meet these expectations (he told us that all ingredients are imported from Thailand).I have to say that the Thai food here would match any good and authentic Thai restaurant in Bangkok! Check-out and departure was equally as smooth the next morning (after a nice breakfast) and the hotel staff accompanied us all the way to the check-in counter for our seaplane flight the next day. Would highly recommend this hotel for anyone stopping over in Male. If you're not staying here, at least visit the restaurant!

      Reviewed November 25, 2012
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Danny from Hong Kong
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in November 2013

      Easy and convenient with great Thai Food”

      Personal, Clean and great food

      First time visiting Maldives, spent a night at Sala before being transferred to our Resort. I picked Sala and did not regret it. Airport transfer to hotel was by boat and taxi. Once arrived, Thomas the owner was waiting for us at the front of the hotel to welcome us. Thomas is super friendly and made our experience very personal and friendly. Checking in was easy followed by a visit to the hotel's Sala Thai Restaurant. Great Thai food and ingredients were freshly flown in from Thailand!! Breakfast was included and transfer back to the airport for onwards transfer to our resort was seamless. I would recommned Sala Boutique Hotel for a stop over at Male whether it's the beginning or end of your Maldives visit.

      Reviewed November 15, 2013
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Ka from Hong Kong
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in October 2013

      Wonderful overnight stay before heading to resort”

      Breakfast was awesome and portion was huge. Owner and staff were both helpful and friendly.

      There is one fascinating thing about Maldivian hotels - they don't provide you with free toothbrush and toothpaste. Other than that, the stay at Sala boutique was excellent with very very friendly and helpful staff and owner Thomas. The room was very clean and even though we stayed at a room with no windows, it felt perfectly ventilated and nice. The transport jetty from Airport to Male was a bit dodgy and it was public transport and it's rather scary to ride in the dark ocean when you arrived at Maldives on a late flight. We had a late night supper at around 10:30pm because the restaurant operates until 11:30pm. Great and authentic Thai food, coming with price tags of hotels but no complaints to that as we were in maldives, nothing comes cheap. At 4 am we heard a loud broadcast calling for prayer and it did scare me. We discovered another goodie in the next morning at the breakfast table. We had more cheese, ham, sausages and bread than we could finish. Eggs were made to order and they serve really nice coffee and German yoghurt.

      Reviewed November 05, 2013
      10.0
      Exceptional
      MING from Singapore
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in September 2012

      Excellent boutique hotel”

      Awesome personal touch!

      Our flight arrived at 10pm.Crossed over to Male city, flagged down a taxi and within two mins, we find ourselves at the hotel. staff was all smiles, assisting us with check-in and calling the resort we were scheduled to check in the next day. Unassuming little entrance but was instantly awed by the intrigue and thoughtful Thai decoration. Like what the rest of the reviewers said, it is a real gem in the cluttered small city. Breakfast was awesome with homemade bread and freshly imported cheese and cold cuts . The is the best boutique hotel my wife and I have experience in terms of level of service, cleanliness and comfort.

      Reviewed September 16, 2012
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Alex from Greece
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2013

      Convenient hotel with good food and service ”

      The food both at breakfast and dinner is really excellent, convenient for an overnight stay

      Sala Boutique Hotel is a charming little hotel for an overnight stay on the way to and from the resorts in the Maldives. The owner is very friendly, the rooms are well appointed and quiet and the food was fantastic. The breakfast was one of the best breakfasts we've ever had in a hotel and the Thai dinner was really good as well. It was nice to have free wifi (when it was working) and the service with a smile was great, better service than we had on the resorts on the islands in the Maldives! We would go back if we needed somewhere to stay in Male again.

      Reviewed February 19, 2013
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Fairunisa from Malaysia
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in September 2013

      Clean, friendly staff, really good breakfast”

      really good breakfast

      upon arrival, the hotel staff greeted us at the airport and guided us into the ferry to Male city. Eventhough there was a political demonstration in Male city when we arrived, taxis were hard to come by...the hotel staff stayed with us until we are safely inside the hotel. It was a blessing to have the hotel within walking distance from the ferry point. Our luggage were placed onto a small truck (the only vehicle available at the time during closed up due to political demonstration) and together with one staff we walked to the hotel. The hotel staff spoke really good english which helped alot being it was our first time in Male. All in all great one night stay despite the circumstances!

      Reviewed October 02, 2013
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Heather from United States
      Business traveler
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in January 2012

      Fantastic Hotel, an Oasis in a desert”

      Great service, fantastic food, very friendly helpful English-speaking owner on premises

      i arrived at the airport and was immediately greeted by a staff member who stayed with me, got me in the taxi and took me to hotel. the hotel is small, only 6 rooms, but the rooms are very large and well-appointed. the bed was fantastic and everything is very new and very clean. the products are all natural and very good as well. thomas the owner prides himself on these things and also the thai restaurant is there. he flies all produce and ingredients in from thailand for not only the quality but also believes and knows that it is not truly thai food if it isn't grown or come from thailand. the staff are very helpful and friendly. male on the other hand is not. arriving to and going back to the hotel after a few hours walking around male was literally like arriving to an oasis in a desert. i will definitely be back if ever i need to stay in male. i looked at 2 other hotels while i was there just to see what they were like (traders, relax inn) and they couldn't come clos. i think thomas is aware of the issues while travelling as a single woman in male and he was very forthcoming and nicely protective. highly recommend this hotel for all travellers going to male.

      Reviewed January 07, 2012
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Michael from Australia
      Family with young children
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in December 2012

      Nice butique hotel with a friendly service”

      Nice cosy rooms and delicious breakfast

      We arrived around midnight to hotel Sala and was meet by hotel owner. We were touched by hospitality and excellent service. Hotel offer Italian and Thai cuisine. We choose Thai and it was awesome. I would recommend Sala hotel to all my friends who arriving to Male evening flight and not able to catch seaplane. As seaplane operate till 4 pm only, I suggest Sala boutique hotel as it located just 8 minutes by ferry.

      Reviewed December 18, 2012
      9.3
      Exceptional
      THIEN from Vietnam
      Solo traveler
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in July 2012

      It's really a boutique hotel”

      nice hotel, good staff

      I have one night here in Male & i was very satisfied with my stay in Sala Boutique Hotel Male. It's not far from the ferry station, you can walk. The food in this hotel is very good. Its service is wonderful from the Boss to staffs. They are always helpful & friendly. Room is not big but very clean & comfortable. I love this hotel much.

      Reviewed July 21, 2012
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Rita from Sweden
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

      What a great way to enter Maldives”

      Food, Stuff, food

      we landed late in Male so we needed a place to stay for the night. We had heared very good things about the Sala Boutique hotel and we decided to stay the night there. It was a great stay, the food was excellent, the room was beautiful, the stuff was helpful and frienly. We highly recomment Hotel Sala Boutique

      Reviewed September 02, 2014
      8.3
      Excellent
      LEUNG from Hong Kong
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in January 2015

      A delight in Male”

      Excellent service, cozy room and delicious breakfast

      It was my first visit to Male and picked Sala after having read many nice reviews on it. I contacted the hotel prior to arrival to get some information and arrange for pick up at the airport and transfer to our next destination. I got very quick replies from Thomas, CEO of the hotel and felt very assured that everything would be smooth. We arrived at Male in a busy Sat evening. His staff met us at the airport and took us to take the ferry to Male. Upon arriving at the pier, many tourists and locals were there trying to grab a taxi or trunk. Luckily, his staff managed to get us a taxi. We arrived at the hotel after a short ride. The room was spacious given that Male is indeed a very small island. We had a tasty breakfast before leaving for the seaplane. They offered a nice selection of bread and the omelette was divine! We spent less than 24 hours at the hotel but were quite impressed by the quality of service. We will definitely return for our next Maldives trip.

      Reviewed February 12, 2015
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Darrick from United States
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in November 2016

      Excellent Everything”

      Due to our flight leaving early in the morning, I did not want to risk missing flight therefore, we opted to stay in Male the last night of our vacation. I could not of chosen a better host and hotel. Staff and service was impeccable. Raj obviously does alot of training with his staff. The room was perfectly clean. Everything was in the right place. The staff even took us on the ferry and directly to our check-in at airport. All this was included in the price of the room. I only wish I had stayed up long enough to eat in their Thai Restaurant. The island can seem a little intimidating at first because of all the traffic but get out and walk around. The people are friendly and helpful. You will not believe the amount of motorcycles. The hotel is quiet, clean and all the rooms and bathrooms are completely remodeled. You will love it. Oh yes! contact Raj about your arrival at airport and he will even make arrangements to meet you and bring you to hotel. We got boat from resort to Male and took a taxi to hotel. It was fun.

      Reviewed November 10, 2016
      8.7
      Excellent
      Danqing from China
      Group
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in December 2014

      small nice hotel ”

      breakfast, cleaness, friendly staff

      It was a pleasent stay in Sala boutique hotel. the owner is very nice. The breakfast is one of the best i have every had. It's a Thai style small hotel, and totally different from the Male city's noisy and messy. i will return to this hotel again, if i have a chance to visit this city.

      Reviewed January 12, 2015
      9.3
      Exceptional
      Mahfuzah from Malaysia
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in July 2013

      Perfect Stay for Transit Travellers”

      Warm & Friendly Environment, Comfortable Bed, Wifi Available

      We arrived at night and we greeted graciously by Thomas the owner. His cheerfulness made our short stay very pleasant and welcoming. The room was very clean and nice with a very comfortable bed and modern day shower. Equipped with wifi and TV. Sala Hotel had a simple breakfast prepared but they had proper bread for breakfast and my husband was delighted as it reminds him of Europe. The staff are also well trained and very attentive. We did not stay long as we were on transit but we were very happy with the overall experience and Sala Boutique resort. Yes, we will stay with Sala Boutique resort again.

      Reviewed August 12, 2013
      8.3
      Excellent
      David from United States
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in March 2014

      Nice hotel, avoid Male if you can”

      good food, friendly staff, good foot massage.

      Sala is a small friendly hotel located in Male city. The rooms are clean. You don't have much choice in Male- either ridiculous amounts for a very nice hotel or cheap for a cheap place, Sala is not cheap but I'd say it's a clean 3*. The thai food is very nice. Unfortunately, Male is crap, so avoid it if you can. Terrible motorbike traffic (my wife and I got hit by one about 30 minutes into walking around). The local souvenir shops are better value than you'll get at the resorts for sure.

      Reviewed April 21, 2014
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Randall from United States
      Family with teens
      Superior Room
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

      Lovely boutique hotel with outstanding service”

      Very attentive staff, delicious and abundant food, great location

      We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Sala Boutique hotel. The owner and staff couldn't have been more hospitable. Their breakfast is delicious and abundant. We also ate at the hotel's Thai restaurant which was superb! To reiterate, each of the staff members was polite, efficient, and a joy to get to know. They truly care about their guests. They even arranged our transfer back to the airport (on another island) and escorted us there to make sure we got off safely. Now that's service above and beyond!

      Reviewed October 07, 2013
      8.8
      Excellent
      Siwaporn from Thailand
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in February 2018

      Responsive CEO, Staff, Location, Breakfast”

      The best impression for me is that this is a little boutique hotel own by Thomas, the CEO. he is very responsive and can make anything happen. All staff are very helpful. We stayed one night for overlay transfer, everything was very smooth. The hotel is right in the middle of Male so you can walk to see city every where from here. Nice atmosphere in the hotel, good breakfast. I didn't have a chance to try Thai food here but heard from many people that it is a great food. The is a new coffee shop (Modus) just opened 2 months ago opposite from this hotel. The best specialty coffee you must try.

      Reviewed February 22, 2018
      9.0
      Exceptional
      Kewei from Taiwan
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in September 2012

      Excellent Service and good location”

      The staff and the owner are very friendly and helpful

      We arrive the airport close to midnight by the Singapore Airlines flight. The staff picked us up at the airport. We first took a ferry to the main island and next by a cab to the hotel. The procedure is painless and smooth. It took about 25-30 minutes (on ferry + cab) for us to get to the hotel. It is close enough for the stopover purpose at Male. I have read a number of positive reviews at Agoda. Everything meets my expectation, especially the friendly service. The hotel itself is smaller than I thought. The room is very clean and cozy. Bath room is a bit small but it is fine. We left the hotel very early in the morning the next day and do not have chance to try their breakfast.

      Reviewed October 03, 2012
      8.3
      Excellent
      Chapman from Australia
      Couple
      Deluxe Room
      Stayed 1 night in December 2013

      Nice hotel, avoid Male if you can”

      clean; good food

      Sala is a small Boutique hotel located in Male city. The rooms are clean and nicely decorated. Our stay was pleasant,Thomas is quite friendly. The breakfast is great Sala is a great choice if you have to stopover in very overpriced Male.

      Reviewed September 27, 2014
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Trevor from Australia
      Couple
      Superior Room
      Stayed 1 night in March 2012

      Brilliant!”

      Comfortable bed, real service, excellent breakfast and spotlessly clean

      As hoped this little Gem was just what we wanted. Our room was not large but then again nothing can be on Male! They managed to fit in everything we needed. Big comfy bed, big TV and big delicious albeit unusual breakfast. Thomas really amazed us! Keeping us under his watchful gaze(courtesy of "Fiki" and his mobile phone)Fiki escorted us to Wharf 7 @11 as arranged. We had quite literally missed the boat. A misunderstanding with the cruise line who had messed up. The wonderful people at Sala contacted the Captain ship to shore and arranged a Sea Plane for us to catch up with our cruise! Not enough yet? Thomas sent another young man to help. Taking charge of us and our luggage. We made an impressive parade up the road to the right Wharf. Our holiday could have been a disaster but not with this lot looking after us. We've never had such service. Your efforts were truly appreciated. Thanks Thomas, Fiki and friends

      Reviewed April 30, 2012
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