The dissappointing part about eh Treasure Garden is it has the potential to be a great place to stay, however the running of the hotel lets it down badly.
If you are looking for a soft comfortable bed, you may prefer to put the sheet directly on the tiled floor and sleep there. I am certain it would be softer than the beds provided. Honestly, I have never ion my life felt a bed as hard. It was like a block of timber. The other bed in our room was like the base of an ensemble, buit without the mattress put on top. Horrible. We had 5 rooms in all across our group, and all were the same.
The advertising for the hotel states that each room has TV, Fridge and hot water. Out of the 5 rooms, 2 TV's worked, 1 had hot water for 2 of our 6 days, and none had a fridge. There was one large bar style fridge out in the foyer which were able to use after some coercing, but it is not secure so I wouldnt leave much in there. They also advertise wireless internet, but it was not to be seen anywhere.
Any requests were met with a bit of a strange look, like "why are you asking me?". You pay for a bar of soap if you need it, and nothing is provided in the rooms as per a normal hotel. Even asking for toilet paper seemed a chore.
It is located directly above a Chinese Restaurant, however the food was exceedingly average, and at least half of the menu was "out of stock" when we ate there. I have never before been to a Chinese where I was unable to order a basic honey chicken, as they were out of honey?
The location is not bad, as it is close to Central Apia, and only a short walk to the markets etc and main shopping district.
On the plus side, there is a fantastic cafe across the road called the Barristers cafe. Would highly recommend anyone staying in Apia go there for breakfast or lunch. Great food, excellent service and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Great prices too.
Also about 100 metres the other way is a parking yard with a small take away in it. Best value food in Samoa for sure. You klnow you are on a good thing when many of the taxi drivers etc swing in to eat and then go again. Huge portions of good food, and cheap prices.
So avoid the Treasure Garden if you can. It is a cheap option which is why we chose it, however all of the people in our party agree that even at half the price it would have been too expensive for what you get.
If someone has the money and inclination, I would recommend you buy the place, as if it was run to its potential it would be a gold mine, not a Treasure Garden.
- Also Known As:
- Treasure Garden Hotel Samoa/Apia