The Guide to Cheap Accommodation in Apia
There’s no reason to spend big bucks on accommodation in Samoa‘s capital. Much of Apia‘s accommodations are pretty low standard for the price, so you might as well lower the expectations with some cheap accommodation and be surprised by the wonderful hospitality many of the city’s budget stays provide! Often with a delicious tropical breakfast included, Apia’s cheap hotels and guesthouses still know how to make you feel a million bucks. Discover some of the best affordable stays we’ve found in this list of the best budget accommodations in Apia!
While you’re here, also remember to open The Complete Travel Guide to Apia on a Budget for more advice on planning a frugal trip.
1. The Samoan Outrigger Hotel
A cute and quintessentially Samoan hotel on the outskirts of town, The Samoan Outrigger Hotel provides affordable rates and Samoan smiles. Rooms are well-maintained, better so than some of Samoa’s more premium hotels, and come in a range of layouts for solo travellers up to families. Choose from air-conditioning, ensuite and shared bathroom facilities. Otherwise, there are open fales in the garden should you want to get the real Samoan experience! With a well-equipped communal kitchen, swimming pool and gorgeous gardens to relax in, what else could you need in Apia? Speaking of, see how this accommodation compares to the 25 Best Hotels in Apia & Upolu.
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- The Samoan Outrigger Hotel on Booking.com
- The Samoan Outrigger Hotel on Expedia
- The Samoan Outrigger Hotel on Trip.com
2. The White House Hotel
A little different from the usual Samoan family-owned accommodation in Apia, The White House Hotel boasts crowd-pleasing sleek yet minimalistic decor from the crisp-white sheets to the tiled floors. Choose from king, queen and family rooms, each with an ensuite, air-conditioning, fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. There’s an attractive restaurant on-site, as well as free parking, not that you’ll need it when the city centre is only a 15-minute walk away. All in all, The White House provides a comfortable and contemporary stay on a budget. Discover things to do nearby using the 25 Best Things to Do in Apia.
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- The White House Hotel on Booking.com
- The White House Hotel on Expedia
- The White House Hotel on Trip.com
3. Dave Parker Eco Lodge Hotel
Boasting a unique location nestled on the bush-clad hillside of Apia’s rugged interior, yet only a 15-minute drive from the city, Dave Parker Eco Lodge Hotel is a budget accommodation well worth considering. Choose either a lodge room with or without air-conditioning, rainforest or sea views, but all with an ensuite shower. Your time here couldn’t be easier with airport transfers, 24-hour reception, an on-site bar and restaurant, car rental arrangements and even a complimentary return shuttle to town (except Sundays). Have a dip in the swimming pool, play a game of pool and explore the grounds with a picturesque stream and cascades. Get more of the lodge vibe with the 10 Best Lodges in Samoa.
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- Dave Parker Eco Lodge Hotel on Booking.com
- Dave Parker Eco Lodge Hotel on Expedia
- Dave Parker Eco Lodge Hotel on Trip.com
4. Talofa Inn
Another affordable hotel in Apia well worth considering is Talofa Inn. Offering an ultra-convenient location in the centre of town, as well as irresistible prices, there’s not much reason not to choose Talofa. Rooms are compact but are all uniquely styled with characterful bedding and furniture. Most have an ensuite, but be sure to double-check on booking. Choose from single rooms or double/twin rooms each with air-conditioning. There are two lounges, as well as a communal kitchen with a fridge and microwave/convection oven. You also have laundry facilities and free WiFi! See more places with free internet in the 8 Accommodations in Samoa with Free WiFi.
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5. Aniva’s Place
Enjoy the family atmosphere, unmatched hospitality and irresistible rates of Aniva’s Place. Despite only having nine rooms, there are layouts to suit most needs whether you’re a group or travelling solo. All of the vibrantly decorated rooms have a fan to keep you cool, while some have air-conditioning and an ensuite. You’ll be treated to a tropical breakfast each morning with Samoan and international favourites, while there’s also a well-equipped communal kitchen should you want to cook for yourself. Aniva’s also boasts a bar, a charming garden with a pool, as well as a book exchange. Check out more B&B-style stays in the 10 Best Guesthouses & B&Bs in Samoa.
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6. Lynn’s Getaway Hotel
This collection of bright ensuite double and family rooms with air-conditioning makes Lynn’s Getaway Hotel a comfortable and cooling place to unwind after a day’s exploring in the hot sun. Entertainment can be found in the garden swimming pool, while the various lounge and dining areas inside provide free WiFi. Enjoy a freshly baked breakfast with local fruit each day. Otherwise, try Lynn’s Getaway Apartments nearby for self-catering accommodation.
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7. Talanoa Fales Accommodation
For something a little different without sacrificing true Samoan hospitality, escape to lush gardens nestled in mountain views at Talanoa Fales Accommodation. On the quiet foothills of Mt Vaea in the village of Moamoa, approximately 10 minutes from Apia, the accommodation is abundant in fruit and vegetable plants ideal for cooking using your fale’s very own self-catering facilities. Your garden fale is vibrantly decorated and also features an ensuite, a living area and a verandah to enjoy watching the birds. Fales are for four people maximum. A free lunch is served on a Sunday. For more options with kitchens, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Samoa.
8. Hotel Elisa
A four-storey building on the Mulinuu Peninsula, Hotel Elisa provides budget accommodation in an attractive part of town. The family-run hotel is neatly maintained with soothing rose-garden tones throughout the double/twin rooms and four-person self-catering units. All rooms have air-conditioning and an ensuite, as well as some slightly dated appliances. There’s a shady outdoor pool with a paddling section suitable for kids, while, inside, is the Beachcomber bar and restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Note that breakfast is not included in the cheapest rates. For more family-friendly stays, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Apia.
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9. Vaea Hotel Samoa
Only marginally pricier than the other stays on this list of budget accommodations in Apia, Vaea Hotel Samoa provides excellent value for money, from their stylish rooms to the garden swimming pool. You don’t have to worry about rowdy families here, as the hotel is exclusively for guests aged 11 and up, making your cocktail from the on-site Bora Bora Garden Bar all the heavenlier. It’s only a five-minute stroll into the town centre, located in the Togafuafua/Lalovaea suburb. After a day on the town, retreat to your garden and mountain-view room complete with an ensuite, air-conditioning, balcony or patio and tea/coffee-making facilities.
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10. Olivia’s Accommodation
A no-frills yet perfectly comfortable accommodation on the outskirts of Apia, Olivia’s Accommodation is a family-operated bed and breakfast where you’ll instantly be made to feel at home. Relax in the outdoor garden lounge where you can meet fellow travellers or read a book in a hammock. When you’re not enjoying the included tropical breakfast or cooking meals in the communal kitchen, retreat to your ensuite double or triple room with either air-conditioning or a fan. Enquire about their dormitory beds and shared bathroom to save even more. Check out more dorm accommodations in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Samoa.
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11. Karl’s Getaway Hotel and Tours
Offering more of the “student accommodation” vibe than the holiday vibe with its predominantly single rooms and communal areas featuring table tennis and a kitchen, Karl’s Getaway Hotel and Tours is a shamelessly appealing option for budget travellers. Nevertheless, the place is well-kept and features hotel-like facilities like ensuite bathrooms and tea/coffee-making facilities, as well as an outdoor pool. There are also double rooms/family rooms should you be travelling as a group. Take Karl up on the offer for tours around Upolu, including free shuttles to some of the island’s top attractions. What’s more, WiFi is free in some of the shared spaces.
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12. Travellers Point Hotel
A compact but perfectly comfortable hotel just a 15-minute walk from the town centre, Travellers Point Hotel is a worthwhile consideration for staying in Apia. While you won’t be getting the best views in town, you still have an attractive deck-lined pool to enjoy. There are usually weekly goings-on at the on-site restaurant, from “curry night” to “Sunday brunch” which is also where your included breakfast is served. As for room types, there’s something for everyone between the double and family rooms available.
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13. Hotel Millenia Samoa
A low-key stay along the Mulinuu Peninsula, Hotel Millenia Samoa has rooms and rates for couples and families alike. While the basic rooms are a little dark and aren’t winning any style points, most agree that the price is good considering breakfast is included. If that’s not enough, stay for the decent swimming pool to relax with a cocktail in hand.
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- Hotel Millenia Samoa on Booking.com
- Hotel Millenia Samoa on Expedia
- Hotel Millenia Samoa on Trip.com
14. Moatoga Hotel
A three-star hotel opposite the vibrant Fugalei Market, Moatoga Hotel offers plenty of options for groups of one to five on a budget. Solo travellers and couples will find the “Standard Double Room” comfortable and tidy enough, while the “Family Room” sleeps five in a renovated open-plan space with a breakfast bar and an ensuite bathroom. You can opt for a portable stove, should you want to self-cater. Otherwise, you’re right in the heart of Apia to try out its restaurants.
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15. Nia Mall Apartments
For a reasonably priced city apartment, Nia Mall Apartments offers a number of self-contained open-plan rooms providing a home-away-from-home experience in Apia. What’s more, the rooms are located on the higher levels of renovated mall stores, which offer a very unique accommodation setting. From the pokey “Standard Rooms” to the ultra-spacious tiled “Superior Rooms”, there are room types suitable for various group sizes. Kitchen facilities are provided in each.
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16. Orator Hotel Samoa
On the quiet village and plantation outskirts of the city, Orator Hotel Samoa might have an unassuming sign at its entrance, but once you go down the palm-lined driveway to the gorgeous gardens and the greetings of a Samoan song upon checking in, you’re instantly made to feel special. Between the garden pathways and surrounding a deck-lined pool are a number of villas that, although need a facelift, have endearing features like tiled floors and rock-lined ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy a tropical breakfast included in the rate and more Samoan delights available to order at the restaurant.
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17. Eteline’s Homestay
Set in colourful fully enclosed fale units, Eteline’s Homestay shows you what a beach fale-equivalent stay in the city looks like. Rooms are compact and as basic as they get with retro tile designs in the ensuite bathrooms and as many beds as possible squeezed into a small space. But compared to the Taumeasina Island Resort just down the road, you’re getting a much more authentic Samoan experience with breakfast prepared in the morning by your friendly host family. For more of that “village stay” experience, check out the 10 Best Village Stays in Samoa.
18. Tivoli Aparthotel
Surrounding a Mediterranean-esque pool area with ornate iron furniture under cute gazebos, Tivoli Aparthotel offers an alternative ambience in Apia. Your ultra-spacious unit has colourful modern fixtures, as well as useful amenities like cooking facilities for a true home away from home. You are also supplied with reusable glass bottles so you can keep hydrated using the hotel’s filtered water and reduce your plastic water bottle impact – yay! Note that there is a security bond to pay upon check-in (so return those bottles!)
19. Apia Inn
Although you’ll need a cheap taxi ride into town, Apia Inn is as affordable as it gets. Choose from budget double rooms to family rooms complete with air-conditioning, hot drink-making facilities on top of a fridge and a continental breakfast included each morning. The accommodation is perfectly fine for the non-fussy traveller. What more is there to say?
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20. Kuini’s Guesthouse
For that suburban stay in Apia, take a look at Kuini’s Guesthouse. More of a holiday home than a guesthouse, Kuini’s is a simple yet modern two-bedroom house kitted out with all your home-away-from-home essentials, including kitchen and laundry facilities. Each bedroom has one double bed with stand fans, while the open-plan lounge and kitchen area have air-conditioning. Find this home in Vaivase-uta on the southern outskirts of Apia. This is certainly your cheapest holiday home in the area, but there are more to choose from in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Apia & Upolu.
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More Budget Accommodations in Apia
That’s it for the best cheap budget accommodations in Apia but by no means the end of our Apia advice! Check out the following guides for more Apia goodness:
- 15 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Apia
- The Top Cheap Eats in Apia & Upolu
- 20 Tips to Save Money in Samoa
Finally, for even more tips, check out The Complete Backpacking Guide to Samoa on a Budget and itineraries, such as the Samoa Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 10 Days and Samoa Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 7 Days.