1848 Princess Tui Inn, Apia

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1848 Princess Tui Inn Reviews

1848 Princess Tui Inn is a Bed & Breakfast by the sea which offers complimentary tropical breakfast in a beautiful old Victorian villa. It is very traditional, therefore guests are supposed to take their shoes off when walking around in the house and the common areas are decorated with Samoan tapa cloth.

The Location

The hostel is located on Vaiala Beach, approximately a fifteen-minute walk from the city center and only a hundred meters from Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, where you can snorkel and feed fish. It is easy to find if you have a map. Coming from the airport, you should take a taxi or arrange for an airport pickup in advance with the staff. It takes about forty minutes to get there from the airport. Supermarkets and ATMs are within walking distance.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are airy and spacious. The dorm rooms consist of six bunk beds; private rooms are available. All rooms have door locks and are decorated with flowers when you arrive. Mosquito nets are supplied. All rooms are cooled with a fan. Bathrooms and showers are very clean and there is a lot of space to change. There are hooks and shelves for your clothes and soap dishes. Hot water is always available.

Common Spaces

The common spaces include a kitchen and a dining area, a large lobby, an outside veranda, and a luggage storage. The kitchen is fully equipped and breakfast is served every morning from 7 to 9 a.m. The hostel is very social and you will definitely meet other travelers in the kitchen or the lobby. It is not a party hostel but they have a blackboard with suggestions where to go and what to do at night. Staff are very friendly and helpful; they will assist you in whatever you need. They can also arrange for guided tours of the island and all sorts of transport.


1848 Princess Tui Inn is a cute hostel in a superb location right at the seaside. Dedicated service and traditional Samoan friendliness will make you enjoy your stay!


1848 Priness Tui Inn is a clean and comfortable budget option for backpackers in Apia. The hostel is in an old colonial house that was previously occupied by the Outrigger Hotel and is located next to the lagoon. You can arrange transport to and from the international airport for a small price. There are two dorms with six bunk beds in each -- one is female only and the other one is mixed. Accommodation is a little cramped but is comfortable enough, although on a hot summer night it can become stuffy without air conditioning (which is not available in the dorms).

An abundance of information is available about Samoa and they have a friendly version of a tour desk at the hostel. They also provided a board which lists nightly activities happening around Apia. It's worth taking note, because the hostel is definitely not very social in the evening and you'll struggle to amuse yourself. There are no TVs or distractions and it's advisable to bring some form of entertainment with you (even a book). Internet access is available for a price, but laptops are not allowed to be connected.

Good snorkeling is located nearby at the Paolo Reserve and gear can be hired. The ocean is directly opposite the hostel but there's no beach or area for swimming. From the hostel it's about a five- to ten-minute walk into town with a grocery store even closer and only about a four-minute walk. Breakfast is included in the rates and includes tea or coffee, toast, and a small selection of fruits, which are prepared and brought to your table.

You can self-cater lunch or dinner in the small but very clean kitchen. Toilet and bathroom facilities are clean and sufficient but be aware the hot water gets shut off between around 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. to save costs (not that you really need it in Samoa!).

Matt Sutton


The Princess Tui Inn is a bed & breakfast perfectly located at Vaiala Beach, a short walk from Apia town and Samoa's Palolo Deep Marine Reserve. The palm-fringed tropical garden faces the South Pacific Ocean - good for sun bathing or reading in the shade. Restaurants and bars, the local markets and the visitors information are only a few minutes away.

The Princess Tui Inn is a excellent base to explore Samoa and meet new people. We arrange activities for you to make your stay in Samoa as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. We have got a good network to tour and dive operators, cars rentals, etc. Find out about our packages and activities we offer.

You are treated as one of the family. The Princess Tui Inn is informal and relaxed; our team takes special care to make our guests welcome and feel at home, just like the Samoans use to.

We pride ourselves to be a neat, clean, out of the ordinary colonial budget bed & breakfast. It is a great place for people who like to meet people and make new friends.

If you would like to know a little bit more about the Samoan culture, we are pleased to give you free Samoan dancing and language lessons or show you how to weave baskets and mats.

We the Innkeepers Alesi and George Hadley serve cold Vailima beer and are happy to provide advice on the hidden treasures in Samoa.

What do we offer? Office hours:
• Reception is open 24 hrs
• Storeroom closes at 5 pm
• Office & Safe are open 8 am — 10 am ex. Sunday
• Front door is locked at 9 PM
• Bar closes at 9 PM
• Check In Time: 2:00 PM
• Check Out Time: 10:00 am

The Princess Tui Inn's features include:
• All rooms are non-smoking
• Airy rooms with fan
• Some screened air-conditioned rooms
• Some rooms with private ensuite facilities
• Most rooms have shared facilities
• Mosquito nets, towels and linens provided
• Solar hot water in main house
• Rooms serviced daily.
• Ocean view lounge
• Common shared kitchen
• Convenient hotel bar and lounge
• Self-service laundry We can also provide laundry services for a small fee
• Tour desk with free help and advice
• Phone, Fax and Internet services
• Valuables safe for travel papers.
• Secure dependable storeroom for leaving extra items while traveling around Samoa (plenty of room for bulky items like surfboards).
• Palm fringed tropical garden
• Free Parking

Location and Contact




Address: 1 Vaiala Beach Road, Apia, Samoa

1848 Princess Tui Inn is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website 1848 Princess Tui Inn Apia www.princesstui.ws
Phone Number: 685 23342
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Facilities and Amenities




Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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