I tayed at Sadie's by the Sea for three weeks. I was very happy there - indeed I am still here for a few more hours. Having seen the other choices, I still would stray at Sadie's. It is not a luxury hotel, indeed, it is a bit more like a motel, somewhat spartan. There were no clothes hangers and no alarm clock. But those items were easy to buy locally. The AC was powerful: i rarely used it preferring to prop open my front door and leave the sea side balcony door open for a draft.
Being beside the sea was what I wanted. The sea side location: coral sand strand in a quiet private cove with Ok reef; I kayaked almost every evening from one side of the harbor to the other Breaker Poitn to the Pago river mouth. Buy the weekly rate $25 and keep your paddle on your balcony. The pool is very nice; noisy at weekends when families use Sadie's Beach Club privileges, but is is the nosie fo children playing and that is a good noise,,,
The Goat Rock Cafe is a fine restaurant and bar and the service was good and very cheerful. When I ate at the restaurant, I sat by near the water, outside. If you don't care for warm breezes, then the AC is good inside. But most evenings I ate standing at my balcony; listening to the surf on the beach. I could make simple dinners an breakfasts using the microwave, coffee hot pot and fridge.
The wireless connection is OK - more dependable at or near the pool so ask for a room with good access. You can buy better access (Blue Sky) at the desk. Your US Mainland cell phone likely will not work; or if it does will cost you a fortune in roaming charges (AT&T charged me $4 a minute). Rent one at the desk and buy $10 cards for pre-paid minutes.
There is not much night life on the island. That did not matter at all to me. Sundays are church and quiet days. The library nearby sells used books. There are several adequate grocery stores and a number of small and unpretentious restaurants. There is magnificent hiking in rain forest at the National Park.,
- 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