The Seipepa Samoan Travel Home, off Vaitele St. near the Mount Vaea Club, is an oasis of peace just a 10-minute walk from the city center. It's sort of like living in the middle of a village while still enjoying some privacy. Dog and rooster noise are among the only drawbacks. There are four fan-cooled rooms with shared bath in a European-style house and six Samoan fale in the garden, three of them with an upper and lower floor! The overnight charge is negotiable and includes a large tropical breakfast served Samoan style. Singles must be prepared to share or pay extra for a single room or fale. Cooking facilities are provided. This place is so good all 22 beds are often full.
The Seaside Inn (also known as Holiday Inn Samoa), near the main wharf at Matautu, has a good location near the Palolo Deep and is also convenient to town. There are low-budget three rooms with shared bath and eight rooms have private bath. Some rooms are used as three-bed dorms. Expect thin mattresses and cold showers. The rooms aren't entirely soundproof and they're sometimes rented out to couples with "night exercise" on their minds. The rates include a uniform breakfast (served 0700-0900 only), and communal cooking facilities are available (shortage of utensils). A small bar is attached (meals served) and there's a nice veranda overlooking the harbor. Car rentals are arranged. Locals call it the "Suicide Inn".
Almost opposite the entrance to the main wharf at Matautu is the two-story Harbour Light Hotel. Its 13 motel-style rooms have private bath and fan. There's 24-hour service and it's worth a try if you arrive late on the ferry from Pago Pago. A small store is on the premises.
The Hidden Garden B&B, behind the tennis courts at Apia Park, signposted off Faotoia Road, provides garden accommodations in an assortment of houses on stilts and Samoan fale with breakfast included. Camping on the grounds is cheaper. It's operated by a former flight attendent named Mae Sapolu. Mae's brother Eddy leads hiking tours to Lake Lanoto'o and elsewhere.
On the other side of town, Valentine's Motel, opposite Hennie's Sports Bar at Fugalei, has nine rooms on the airy second floor of an old wooden building. Showers, toilets, and a TV room are downstairs, but no communal cooking facilities are provided (a good breakfast is included). A new block next to the main street has a couple of air-conditioned rooms with private bath but it's usually full. There's a nice lawn out back where you can sunbathe whenever the sky is clear and maybe even camp.
The colonial-style Tatiana Motel, just up the street from Valentine's Motel, opened in 1999. The 37 rooms vary from 18 doubles with fan and shared bath, two triples with shared bath, and 12 doubles with air conditioning, TV, fridge, and private bath. Some rooms are noisy due to interior windows facing corridors. The three well-designed garden fale with single beds can get rather hot but are reasonably priced. A common kitchen is provided. It's the most convenient accommodations to the vegetable market bus station. A more upmarket annex at Tanugamanono behind Tatiana Service Station just above the Hotel Insel Fehmarn has 13 air-conditioned rooms.
The little known Blue Pacific Hotel, down the road beside Tatiana Motel south of the market, has 20 air-conditioned rooms with bath and TV in a two-story concrete building and 10 budget rooms in a old wooden building behind the restaurant. The upstairs rooms in the new building are reasonable value.