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“A clean, cheery, convenient and inexpensive place to stay”
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The Savaiian Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
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Murchison, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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“A clean, cheery, convenient and inexpensive place to stay”
Reviewed 7 September 2012

We stayed one night at the Savai'an Hotel before returning a rental vehicle to Salelologa and taking the ferry to Upolu. This is a modern, clean, motel style development and restaurant close to the water front about 15 minutes drive from the ferry. It served our purpose well although it is not the style of accommodation that we would choose for more than one night. Friendly, efficient and helpful staff and paid wifi available. At 105 tala for the two of us including tropical breakfast we felt this was good value.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2012 via mobile

The restaurant and food are great, especially if u can sit out side the main room (we wanted to sit over the sea but the table there was taken in for some reason). The air cond room got quite hot until the air cond was turned on ( and it was a noisier type) and I thought the non aircond fale type units looked cooler as they could be fully ventilated with it seemed fly screens all over (there were none on the doors on the unit). At this time of year in samoa you should be ok without air cond as long as theres enough cross ventilation, like the traditional fales. The chickens were a nice touch and you can feed them although this might be considered strange by the staff! No annoying stray dogs or cats trying to be fed like there are lots of places. Staff were very nice and helpful. Full kitchenette facilities in some rooms would make travel food easier to organise eg making sandwiches, I couldn't see any rooms that had this and you never know in savai'i how remote your lunch will be, so it's good to byo! Most of the resorts do have lunch for day trippers though, which are mostly in the section north of the savaain. The hotel is nice and central, and all the other attractions of the island can be driven to in the day or seen on tours which the hotel can organise. The hotel is a fairly short drive or taxi ride from the ferry.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

We stayed at the Savaiian Hotel over 15 years ago and it was very upmarket.
It appears nothing much has been done since then - it's looking rather tired.
Nice setting amongst the gardens but that's about it.
No beach just a very ordinary swimming pool.

This time we stayed in one of the bungalows at the rear of the garden.
Price was 105 tala - which we thought was plenty!
The bungalows have an ensuite bathroom with cold water shower and ours didn't have water over the handbasin.
Overhead fan for cooling.

The restaurant food is very nice and beautifully presented and reasonably priced.

Room Tip: The bungalows have an access road behind them which can be quite noisy until about 11pm.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, Manager at The Savaiian Hotel, responded to this review, 5 July 2012
Talofa Lyrebird
Thankyou for your honest review of your stay with us. We are glad to hear you had enjoyed your meals at the restaurant:) 15yrs ago our hotel had most likely only just been built and no doubt it has "aged" since then. You may not recall but infact our property has undergone many changes and rennovations since then , and what is present now, that was not there before- is our bar and restaurant, our pool, our walkways- the Samoan bungalows you stayed in recently were infact back in those days very flimsy with babmboo thatched walls and thatched roof. We have upgraded these rooms since then to provide a more robust structure which is more tolerating of the weather and keeps the bugs out!:) Im not sure about the handbasin as all the bathrooms have hand basins with a running tap above it- I think you are referring to a preferred larger tap over the basin and we do agree the tap/sinks are rather small in this particular room type which we do hope to change in the future - but the bathrooms do indeed have taps /running water over all the basins:)These rooms are our budget room type and it really is just providing the basics to those who need their own ensuite and a roof over their heads. Our air conditioned units have larger sinks and taps over the basins which perhaps would have been more suited to your preference. You are correct we do not have a beach, and we do not hide this fact nor ever advertise other. We are set in a mangrove area with a pebbly waterfront- -sandy beaches are 10 minutes away and we do provide this info to all our guests:) We hope if you visit Savaii again in the future you may try one of our airconditioned rooms. we have a few development plans up our sleeves but we dont want to stray too far from what we have always been which is a small family run hotel:) Kind regards- Team Management:)
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

We recently spent 3 nights at the Savaiian after reading great reviews of the 'Resort like Hotel' on Trip Advisor. I was particularly attracted by the promise of good food and the rates were very reasonable.

The rooms are fine, dated, but clean and fine. The bed was good and comfortable. The sad thing at the Savaiian is the water, namely you can't swim at the beach and the pool was disgusting. A murky opaque para pool.

The service was absolutely fantastic, the staff and owner were all so awesome and the food was the best we had in Samoa - at a really great rate.

As people wanting a holiday spending a lot of time in the water, we were really disappointed at the facilities available in terms of swimming and beach. This meant we needed to get out of the place each day to find swimming and this would probably put us off staying there again.

But - we would definitely go back to the Savaiian to eat!!!!!! There were some special touches we got too, just those extra bits of service added and if the facilities were better we know we'd pay a bit more - but we'd be happy too.

Room Tip: All the rooms are well laid out, and well spaced apart with semi-detached blocks of 2. The ocean si...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Savaiian hotel is set in simple gardens (with chicken roaming) about 15 minutes drive from the ferry terminal. It is well looked after and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I stayed in a simple room with fan (non/ac) and with attached bathroom which was fine for me. There are more luxurious ac rooms available for a 'splurge'. Food was good and local simple style. A good base for exploring Savai'i island over 2 or 3 days. There is a small swimming pool and the restaurant overlooks the sea for great sunset views

Room Tip: If you want a little more luxury choose an air conditioned room
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Napier, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Note that the Savaiian is titled a "hotel" rather than a "resort". If you are looking to escape to a quiet intimate and remote resort, then look to the other more expensive resorts further north. However, if you are interested in exploring Savaii, then the Savaiian Hotel is a good base. The rooms and facilities are basic but adequate especially if you are going to be out each day exploring the island (best done by rental car) which can easily involve four or five days or more. There is a pool which is best described as adequate for a swim, and other activities are limited to kayaks, snorkelling and fishing gear - if you are looking for a fun activity holiday lounging around the pool, then you are going to be sadly disappointed. Time can be taken to explore the local villages and attend Church on Sunday. A rental car (best hired when in Upolou) is desireable as having to depend on local tours each day to get out and about will prove expensive.
The cost of accommodation and meals are relatively expensive when compared to other Pacific Island nation resorts but this is typical of Samoa and can be best decribed as "Samoan budget" .
This is a family owned and operated resort and the staff are friendly and helpful. There is a request to place dinner meal orders early in the day as numbers staying at the hotel will be small making it not viable to provide a wide range of food on demand.

Room Tip: Ask for a front room and one of the ones close to the main facilities.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We arrived early in the morning a day before easter weekend and just missed morning breakfast which was disappointing as we were to discover later that the chef is a great cook.(thanks Poi). We have regular trips to Samoa every year and this year decided to actually have a holiday with my family and stay at a hotel in Savaii so staying at the Savaiian Hotel for 5 days as a base to sight see around the big island was the best choice we made as it offers a secure compound with open spaces as bungalows are spaced out which allows privacy while only a few minutes from the township.
Our room was a standard air conditioned bungalow which was cleaned everyday by staff. The room is clean inside and the air con was a relief for the family at night after spending all day travelling around the island sightseeing, lunch and dining at other restaurants.... Shower had hot and cold water, a welcome relief for my son.
The restaurant is located next to the waterfront and what the hotel website says about the sunrise and sunsets is true but our dinner experience along with the great food and service was only enhanced by the moon rise from a still ocean into the clear night sky........ that in itself was the highlight of our stay. The restaurant menu gives you a variety of dishes, and as mentioned before we tried different eateries in Savaii and my family and I agree that the Savaiian offers the best value for money dishes without compensating on taste buds although on our first night of our 5 night stay, I have to admit that my Steak was a little chewy. Oh well... nothings perfect, right.
Overall a great place to stay at and my family and I say thank you to Poi, Mat and Staff for making our stay a highlight to remember.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Savaiian Hotel
Address: P.O. Box 7009, Salelologa, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i > Salelologa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Savaiian Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Savaiian hotel offers comfortable affordable accommodation in 6 self contained units with aircon/en suite bathroom/hotwater/fridge/tea coffee/patio/kitchen facilities available as well as 5 traditional styled fales for those on a tighter budget-all fully screened with ceiling fan and en suite. We provide haven to those wanting to get away from the busy city life and you will not forget your stay in the tranquil village of Lalomalva. ... more   less 
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