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Apia Accommodations

US$25-50

Apia Central Hotel, formerly known as Ah Kam's Fullmoon Inn, on Savalalo Road in downtown Apia, has three fan-cooled rooms and 22 air-conditioned rooms. All rooms in this two-story motel have a mini-fridge, TV, and private bath, and there's a nice little bar in the courtya Road

The Pasefika Inn, on Matautu St., has 26 rooms in a three-story building. Most rooms are air-conditioned with a fridge and access to common cooking facilities but cost extra if you want a balcony. Seven budget rooms without air conditioning are availabler. Breakfast is included in all rates, but to be frank, this place is overpriced.

Facing breezy Vaiala Beach is the 12-room 1848 Princess Tui Inn, a six-minute walk from the main wharf. It occupies a stately old mansion built for Jonas Coe, the first American consul and father of the legendary "Queen Emma" (a plantation owner in New Guinea and the subject of several books). Room rates vary according to whether it's with fan and shared bath, air conditioning and private bath, or oceanview. Beds are available in two dorms. Facilities include a communal kitchen and fridge, lounge, bar, mosquito nets, luggage storage, and a washing machine (extra charge). The sea views from the front lounge are very nice, and you'll enjoy sitting on the steps in the evening chatting with other guests. At night people staying here are often bitten on their way back from town by dogs from nearby houses, so consider taking a taxi.

The well-managed Samoan Outrigger Hotel on Moto'otua Road (Avele or Vaoala buses) offers "a touch of class for budget travelers". The 11 rooms in this renovated wooden colonial building have shared or private bath and some are air-conditioned. The three three-bed Samoan fale in the garden are less expensive. Facilities include a communal kitchen and fridge, lounge, bar, swimming pool, garden, and laundry facilities (extra fee). Luxury cars are for rent.

Aniva's Place, not far from the Samoan Outrigger at Moto'otua, offers 12 fan-cooled rooms with an extra charge for air-conditioning. This two-story building is clean and new, and these prices are fair even for accommodations with shared bath. There's a huge common kitchen, a video lounge, and a small guests-only bar. A nice little swimming pool is in back.

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