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The view from Turtle and Shark Lodge.

US$50-100

Duke and Evalani's Motu O Fiafiaga Motel is a big step up from the Scanlan Motel for only a few dollars more. The 12 air-conditioned rooms with TV and shared bath get cheaper if you stay two or more nights, and breakfast is included. This well-maintained two-story building overlooks a noisy highway, so ask for one of the five rooms on the back side if traffic bothers you, and while you're at it, try to get one in the end of the building away from the cabaret. Houseguests have access to an exercise room and sauna. The adjacent restaurant/bar under the same friendly management serves excellent and inexpensive American and Mexican food.

Le Falepule Lodge, high up on the hillside above Matafao Elementary School just east of the hospital in Faga'alu, has four air-conditioned rooms with bath and including breakfast. Lunch/dinner can be ordered. Four of the rooms are in the main house, and there's also a separate cottage for a bit more. The outdoor Jacuzzi accommodates six. You'll need to rent a car if you stay here (dogs guard the steep access road).

Pago Airport Inn is a large two-story concrete building in the middle of Tafuna village, two km from the airport. The 20 air-conditioned rooms with bath, fridge, and TV are okay for one night but food can be a problem as there are no cooking facilities in the rooms and no restaurant is nearby. It's not a convenient place to stay unless you're in transit and don't wish to go into town.

Ethan's Place, near Cost-U-Less in Ottovale, opened in 2004. The three air-conditioned apartments with kitchens and cable/DVD TV are in a long block near the west end of the airport runway. Continental breakfast and airport transfers are included.

The Maliu Mai Beach Resort is next to the airport runway on Freddie's Beach at Fogagogo, a km off the road between the airport and 'Ili'ili. The four air-conditioned rooms with bath are in a wooden building above the bar. The large dance floor often features live music from Thursday to Saturday nights, with a special show on Fridays. Meals are available and there's a beach bar. The location is lovely but it isn't possible to swim here.

Chande Lutu-Drabble operates Ta'alolo Lodge, a bed and breakfast a few minutes walk from the 'Ili'ili Golf Course. This two-story house has five air-conditioned rooms with bath, fridge, and TV. Continental breakfast is included in the rates and dinner can be ordered. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen to cook their own meals at any time. A swimming pool, summerhouse, and outdoor bar are at your disposal, and office equipment business guests can be supplied. Chande is quite knowledgeable about Samoan culture and can help with your arrangements.

Tessarea's Vaitogi Inn, off the road which runs along the side of the golf course at Vaitogi (Tafuna bus), has eight air-conditioned hotel rooms with TV downstairs and five self-catering apartments upstairs. Breakfast is included and you can use the common kitchen to prepare your own dinner. A business center with Internet access is available to guests for a fee. The Inn's pink two-story building faces a swimming pool.

The rather isolated Turtle and Shark Lodge overlooks Larsen Bay two km beyond Vaitogi. The 10 air-conditioned rooms with TV and fridge in two two-story buildings range from seven with shared bath to three with private bath. Breakfast is included but other meals are not served and no restaurants are nearby. Luckily, you can use the common kitchen to cook your own food. A swimming pool, tennis court, gym, and laundry facilities are among the facilities. The Lodge has the most spectacular location of any of Tutuila's hotels, high above a black lava shore with a blowhole at the foot of the hotel. A lovely deserted beach is on Fogama'a Cove, a half-hour hike beyond the lodge. You'll need to rent a car if you stay here (car and room packages available). Free airport transfers are provided.

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