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“Wonderful Staff & Great Views”
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Sadie's by the Sea
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Pago Pago
Sacramento
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Wonderful Staff & Great Views”
Reviewed November 23, 2009

I stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed my stay. When I was here last time about 4 years ago I stayed at the Trader’s and I liked Sadies better. The room might be a little better at Trader’s but the view, staff and food is much better at Sadies. I had a couple of issues with the room: I found cockroaches in the room about 4 times and the bath tub back-up with dark water twice. I also wished there were screen doors on the slider, because I enjoy sleeping with the window open. Remember I was there a month or so after the tsunami hit so that could be the reason for the back-up in the bath tub.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Portland, Maine
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18 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

I have stayed at Sadie’s by the Sea three times now. Given the choices one has in Pago Pago, Sadie’s by the Sea is probably the best all around lodging. The alternative choices for a business traveler would be a location near the airport or the other Sadie Thompson Inn, neither of which are on the water and both of which have their own issues. The location is great, one of the few beach front lodgings on the Island. I found the beach to be much cleaner on my February visit, but August seems to attract more trash washing up. Tom tries to keep it clean, but on some days it’s a lost cause. The rooms are nice but not exceptional; however the bathrooms are large and the coffee maker/milk and refrigerator are nice. The AC is hard to control, either you freeze or you need to turn it off.
The new restaurant is a nice new touch, and the food is OK, but the food at the other Sadie’s is much better. It can be understaffed if there is a meeting or event going on in the meeting room upstairs that requires food being delivered, so waiting for service at lunch or early dinner can be a problem. The vents in the restaurant bathrooms are filthy, and in need of some other repairs/attention. The Sunday Samoa Buffet was very good, with a choice of steak or swordfish fresh grilled, along with other Samoa delights (all cooked in coconut milk!)
Staff are nice and helpful for the most part. I did not like that wireless internet service can be iffy and you can only access it near the pool (although a few rooms near the pool can access). Much of my internet time was poolside, which is nice if it is not full of kids playing and splashing!
Overall, it is the best choice on an Island with limited choices.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
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Thank buoybell
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2009

We stayed 4 nights here for business/vacation and were generally pleased. The view of Rainmaker mountain is gorgeous, the restaurant is about the best on the island and snorkeling right in front of the hotel was beautiful with neon blue corals, fish in every color of the rainbow and darling clownfish in their anemone homes. The hotel is clean and looked much better than the few others we saw. The price is a little high for what you get but there are only 3 choices here and this seems the best. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
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1 Thank uanahele1
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Hamilton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 31, 2009

Sadies by the sea is in a great location and had access to a lovely clean beach to snorkel or kayak in. Also had a lovely pool which was very well utilised to cool down in. Had a nice modern cafe on site and enjoyed spending the evenings lazing outside with a nice cool drink. The hotel staff were very helpful, polite and friendly and the owners Tom and Tee were very welcoming. Rooms very clean and tidy and had all the facilities that we needed. Island has great opportunities for game fishing. Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — Fabulous Location with Beach Views
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank g0nefishing
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GLOUCESTER, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 23, 2008

I recently completed my 3rd business visit to American Samoa. What can I say, this adventure lasted 2 months instead of my usual month long stay. The hotel had an added feature, an updated and brand new restaurant and outside cafe. Perfect! The menu will satisfy anyones appetitie, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. The owners Tom and Tea made me feel like family once again. The friendly and knowledgeable staff not only greet you each morning, but remember your name, country you're visiting from, what room you stay in and after a few nights, what you like to eat and drink. The owners,on several occassions,will sit and talk with all guests and get to know each of them. I've been lucky, Tom and Tea have introduced me to lots of locals and fishermen, who made my stay more enjoyable. The hotel is as good as the first time I visited, and who can say no to the beach and 85 degree water. The island boast lots of attractions to fill your spare time. If your thinking of going, remember Sadies by the Sea, and Tom and Tea will guide you on your way. Hope to be back again soon!

  • Liked — Location and friendly staff, great atmosphere, dining and drinking
  • Disliked — Bar closes at 1 am.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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1 Thank FAMOUSGloucester_Ma
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New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2008

Have just returned from a holiday in American Samoa. Stayed at Sadies By The Sea and I have to say, they have the best spot on the island for accommodation. Hotel rooms upstairs have a balcony with sea views and the hotel also offers a lovely pool to cool down in on the hot island days. Went swimming and snorkelling at the private beach and saw lots of tropical fish. The owners also keep the beach lovely and clean for the enjoyment of guests. The Goat Island Cafe serves great food, service was quick and friendly and a lovely place to relax at night at the bar with a nice cool drink. Hotel rooms are modern, clean and roomy and have everything needed including iron and hairdryer. Was great to have internet access in the reception area. Hotel is close to main town centre. Really enjoyed our stay. Hope to be back soon.

  • Liked — Location, Outdoor Activities and Dining
  • Disliked — Could not work out how to use the soap dispenser in the bathroom.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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1 Thank Dinezy
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So. California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 29, 2008

I have stayed at Sadie's by the Sea twice now (June 2008 and Sept 2008) with a third booking in Oct 2008. The hotel came as a recommendation and given that my trips are business, it was a good choice. The recently added Goat Island Cafe is a tremendous asset to the hotel as it offers appetizing food, friendly service, cold Valima beers and always a good laugh with fellow patrons after a few drinks at the bar.

The rooms are comfortable and clean with a nice ocean breeze through the patio door in the afternoons. If it gets too hot, the AC works via remote control and is more than adequate. The ground coffee, French press, water heater and milk are a nice touch to make coffee in the mornings (and it isn't Folgers!). There's also a small fridge to stash a few beers (or what ever) as well as an iron and board.

The owners, Tom and Tea, are very friendly and accommodating, and may be seen about the grounds or at the cafe paying attention to the details of running a hotel and restaurant.

I have travelled the world and, granted, Pago Pago (or American Samoa in general) doesn’t have much to offer in way of accommodations, but Sadie’s by the Sea is more than adequate and provides what I call for on a business trip: comfortable bed, nice place to grab a bite to eat, cold beer, friendly staff and accommodating owners.

My only grumble would be the sketchy wireless connection in the rooms, but the new Café provides a much more comfortable place to sit and look out over the harbor while managing the drudgery of typing-up reports and checking e-mail. Sure can’t beat the view out of the Café as it 's much better than sitting in the room working on the computer with the AC on.

I can recommend Sadie's by the Sea with out hesitation.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
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Property: Sadie's by the Sea
Address: Utulei Beach, Pago Pago, Tutuila 96799, American Samoa
Location: American Samoa > Tutuila > Pago Pago
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Pago Pago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sadie's by the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sadie's By The Sea is the only full service, beach front resort in American Samoa, located in the heart of the government and business centers of the island, and close to many tourist attractions. Sadie's by the Sea is a fun, charming resort with first class Polynesian service. Lush forested mountains surrounding Pago Pago's deep blue harbor complete the view from every room. Our private beach and clear warm water, just a few steps from your room, are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking year round. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sadie`s By The Sea Hotel Pago Pago
Sadies By The Sea Pago
Sadie's By The Sea American Samoa/Pago Pago

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