I was based from the Outrigger for my one month stay in samoa while working in the hospital down the road. It was a great place to meet other medical students - there was about 15 of us there at the one time.
The rooms downstairs (air conditioned, ensuites) are horrible. Like cells, very dingy, noisy aircon and pretty dodgy bathrooms. The rooms upstairs with fans are much nicer, breezy, lighter and the shared bathrooms up here are better too. Don't count on having a hot shower or water pressure though - the shower would often stop running and was usually cold. The fales aren't like other fales in Samoa but were pretty good - 3 or 4 to a fale, small lockers.
Breakfast is included and is the same most mornings; toast with a ration of butter and jam, Samoan fruit (papaya, coconut, pineapple), pancakes one morning a week and eggs another morning. Make sure you get up early though or you miss out.
The pool is great for budget accom in Samoa and the deck, kitchen and bbq are great for socialising. Great for medical students, close to the hospital and usually filled with other students.
The owner is horrible and has a million ridiculous rules; e.g. no balls in the pool, no guests in the pool ever or anywhere in the hotel after 6pm (very atypical for Samoa), you must cancel within 14 days or pay a fee (this is unheard of in Samoa), absolutely NO noise after 10pm e.g. no watching movies, no sitting around talking. If you're after budget there are definitely cheaper places to stay,
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Samoan Outrigger Hotel is located in Motootua only 15 min. walk from downtown Apia and only 5 minutes walk from the national hospital. The Samoan Outrigger Hotel offers budget accommodation "with a touch of style" Clean and affordable rooms with ensuite and without ensuite. We also have traditional Samoan garden fales overlooking the swimming pool. The Samoan Outrigger Hotel is surrounded by a lush tropical garden. All rooms with ensuite and AC renovated in February 2012. Come and enjoy a cold Vailima on our new pool deck.WI-FI available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Hotel Apia
- Outrigger Apia
- Apia Outrigger
- Samoan Outrigger Hotel Samoa/Apia