i have never stayed in a hotel anywhere in the world where ALL the staff from the security, to the cleaners to the reception to the owners are so happy and friendly......felt like i was a friend and not a guest....beautiful
Situated up in the hills, in need of an update, which it is getting somewhat. A badly needed new swimming pool was being built in front of our villa. Because we were the only guests (that we saw) they didn't bother switching on the filters on the old existing pool. So we didn't use it.
We ate lunch and dinner on the first day and the food was good.
We hired a car from reception which was very convenient. Reception didn't have any change available so we could pay the taxi when we arrived neither could the receptionist point out where on a map was the hotel situated. Nor did it have our bill ready when we checked out, nor did it remember to order our airport taxi when we left (even though it was written on the whiteboard behind them). Not impressed at all.
The villa was a bizarre design. A rectangle divided into 3 thirds. The two outer thirds held two double beds each and each had a front door onto a small outdoor fenced sitting area. The central third had a two seat settee, a L shaped kitchen island with three stools, a fridge and a hob and then a tiny shower room with toilet, vanity and shower.
The new swimming pool should look good though.
I definitely recommend Amanaki Hotel in Apia Samoa. Close to town, taxis and bus station. Quiet location near the water. Good restaurant with good selection and reasonable prices. Large rooms and lovely pool area. We had a rental car and found this location very easy to access all parts of the Island of Upolu. We stayed 5 nights at Amanaki before going to Savaii for 2 nights. Good snorkeling at the nearby Palolo deep marine reserve. Excellent free 2 hour cultural show at info centre and also visited Robert Louis Stevenson museum. We also enjoyed dining twice at the Swashbucklers restaurant at the Apia yacht club nearby.
We really enjoyed our stay ay The Orator. Its around 10mins from Apia but really nice quiet location, away from the hustle and bustle.
We were really impressed by the room, we just got a standard villa and its was spacious, tidy and had a huge bathroom and shower.
The complimentary breakfast was great (im a vegan and my partner is a full on carnivore) plenty of variety and the staff were really helpful and attentive.
We ate at the restaurant/or ordered room service and the food was always good and well priced (around 50tala for 2meals + drinks)
we were having a few drinks and went back to the bar...but they had closed up. One of the waiters reopened the bar for us because they knew it was our last night.
It was little things like that, that made our stay all the more enjoyable.
We will definitely stay here on our next trip to Samoa.
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