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“Expensive for what you get” 2 of 5 stars
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just before Lalovi Village | Manono Island, Apia, Upolu, Samoa   |  
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Ranked #14 of 31 Hotels in Apia
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“Expensive for what you get”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

I found it a challenge in Western Samoa to find lodging that offered good service, good location, with clean and modern (WiFi,TV & Phone in room) for under $100 per night. The Airport Lodge is under $100 but it is not a value. It lacks basic "modern" accouterments that should be standard for this price range. On the positive side Airport Lodge's location is great for seeing sunsets and the rooms were clean and the service was helpful. Each bungalow room has a ceiling fan but for the A/C you must pay $20US additional per day. On their website they have a photo of a nice pool but the reality is that it is a very small “above ground” pool that had cloudy water, thus, it doesn’t count as a hotel pool. The swimming and snorkeling across the road aren't that good. There are no "sea view" rooms (as their webpage photos portray) and to see the "sea" you need to cross the main road. They have no Internet on the property. The rooms have neither TV nor phone. You can get breakfast but it is $8 US extra and for dinner they do service a very nice fish plate ($17 US), but no lunch. The nearest restaurant for lunch is either at Samoan Resorts or Aggie Grey's - thus you will need a taxi ($16 US r/t). Finally, if you are catching a midnight flight out of Samoa, there is a steep charge for the day rate ($60 US) and they allow you only allow you 6 hours (11am to 5pm). The management could make this much better if they thought more about what customers need, but they didn't. Our room cost $96 DBL with A/C. When we added in the extend day rate, breakfast and two dinners (plus a taxi to the airport) the bill was $260US for a night + stay. We wouldn't do it again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

We arrived late into Apia after a delayed flight and needed a last minute overnight hotel being too late for the scheduled ferry. We were recommended this accommodation and regretted it. The room was VERY musty, damp and smelly... awful in fact. The night couldn't pass quick enough for us to be on our way. It was the same price as the lovely motel we'd had the night before in N.Z.... hard to believe!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

With one last night in Samoa we decided to stay at the Airport Lodge after staying 5 fantastic nights in Savaii at the Savaiian Hotel. We found the Airport Lodge was much more expensive with much less value. The dinner menu was extremely limited with either fish chicken or beef, and the prices were high for what we got. The same also went for breakfast. The staff were not very helpful. The rooms on the other hand were very good. So if you arrive late at night this might be a place to stay for the night. But otherwise I say steer well clear

Would not recommend this hotel, I suggest you stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

Nice little bungalow accommodation, efficient airport transfer (taxi next door). Good meals, pleasant small beach across the road for a first/last dip & view of Samoa. They have a beautiful garden, full of lovely tropical trees, bushes & flowers. Excellent stopover if you are passing through.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

We chose the Airport Lodge based on other reviews and for the simple reason that we arrived in Samoa at 2 a.m. and wanted to stay close by especially with a ferry trip the next morning.
Were actually very impressed with the efficiency of this hotel. Were met on arrival (pre-arranged) and taken the short distance to our fale (booked with fan). Accommodation was all we needed, clean, ensuite and spacious enough and well rigged up for mosquito prevention. (Mattress might be too soft for some).
Outdoor breakfast was more than adequate and in a nice setting and the transfer to the ferry terminal (even closer than the airport) for Savaii was spot on too. Really decent, typically South Pacific staff from start to finish.
This is an ideal option for those coming or going at unearthly hours and should you be en-route to Savaii.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

We landed around 8pm in the evening and stayed at the Airport Lodge which is literally 10 minutes from the airport. They collected us from the airport which was also a very good decision, after travelling the whole day from Christchurch to Apia, all we wanted was a bed. Our toddler son as well was tired and had had enough by that stage. (This is the main reason why we booked with Airport Lodge as they are near to the airport). Their rooms are clean and comfortable and just what we needed for arrival and departure out of Samoa. So we stayed with them for our first 2 nights, we also stayed at Airport Lodge on our last day which was great!! Especially that our flight was at 1:15am, we had a warm shower, good meal and some sleep before the staff woke us up for our taxi and flight back to NZ. They have aircon, hot water, good pressure, and lovely meals! They also do laundry which was great, as my son had thrown up all over us on the plane. Definitely would recommend! They are also only 5 minutes from the ferry wharf.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

We stayed overnight prior to our departure on an early morning flight at the end of our holiday in Samoa . We found the Airport Lodge to be convenient, comfortable and good value. It is much closer to the airport than the alternatives in Apia, and is focussed on the needs of travellers beginning or ending their time in Samoa. Their reception office is attended 24 hours, and they have arrangements with reliable shuttle operators to ensure that you are either picked up or dropped off at the airport at the right time. They also have credit card EFTPOS payment arrangements, which helps if you are running short of cash. The room was comfortable, clean, and well equipped. We appreciated the air-conditioning. The evening meal was good, with very generous servings. We also enjoyed cooling off in their small above-ground pool. This is a relatively small and simple transit hotel, but the staff were friendly, helpful and efficient.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: just before Lalovi Village | Manono Island, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Location: Samoa > Upolu > Apia
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Ranked #14 of 31 Hotels in Apia
Number of rooms: 8
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