Welcome to Sadie's Hotels

Sadie’s Hotels offer comfortable accommodation on the rim of Pago Pago Harbor on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa.  Our friendly staff provides the caring hospitality the people of the South Pacific are famous for.  With two hotels and two first class restaurants to choose from The Sadie Thompson Inn and Sadie’s by the Sea offer a wide range of accommodation to travelers. Nearly every room includes a view; from towering, lush tropical mountains to beach front, to vibrant blue water.  

Sadie’s Hotels provide excellent amenities for short or long term visits for business, pleasure or both. American Samoa is off the beaten track, stunningly beautiful, far away from crowds and the weather is balmy warm to tropical hot year round. Visitors from all walks of life enjoy the casual atmosphere and easy going Samoan culture.

Being south of the Equator, summer in American Samoa is October through May. It rains often, hence the dense jungle foliage covering the island, but it’s not cold and life goes on as usual even in a downpour.  An umbrella can be useful though. The average rainfall is around 200 inches a year. Temperatures are high 70’s to mid 90’s with humidity high enough to curl your hair, but it is the reason we have abundant and beautiful tropical gardens.

Our rooms are air-conditioned, newly remodeled and designed for your comfort and pleasure. Cable TV, phone, microwave and refrigerator are provided and room service is available. The pool and gentle waves on our beach are refreshing.

We host weddings, receptions, benefits and private parties for any occasion. Event catering is available at Sadie’s by the Sea or for delivery to your location.

We look forward to serving you. Afio mai,  Welcome!


Sadie’s by the Sea

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. Sadie’s by the Sea is a small, charming resort with first class friendly service.

Our private beach and clear warm water, just a few steps from your room, are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking year round. Lounge by the pool or doze in the shade of coconut palms on soft coralline sand with a view of Rainmaker Mountain. 

Goat Island Café, offers open air, pool side dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our onsite restaurant is a popular local place to meet for a meal, drinks or a cold Vailima (a local beer, brewed in Samoa and strong, like Samoans).  Here's a sample menu.  Food is served island style, meaning big portions, and we cater to the American palate with local favorites on the menu. You can’t leave the South Pacific without ordering Spam and eggs for breakfast. 

Activities from the hotel include hikes in the National Park Rainforest to mountain tops with staggering views and restored sites of WWII guns and bunkers on well maintained trails. Deep sea fishing from Pago Pago Harbor is practically untapped and high energy dance clubs with live music are nearby. We are fourteen degrees south of the equator. The light, landscape and flora of American Samoa are a photographer’s dream (link to galleries).  We can direct you to a full range of activities that will make your stay in American Samoa memorable.

Among the amenities we offer is the Day Spa.  Relaxing and curative massage, body treatments, facials and nail care. La’s restorative, soothing treatments are offered at reasonable rates with many options to suit individual needs.

Our conference room provides seating for up to 100 people with a second floor balcony, sweeping view of Pago Pago harbor and everything you need for your next conference, meeting or indoor event. Catering for breakfast, lunch or dinner is available.


The Sadie Thompson Inn

The Sadie Thompson Inn offers lower priced rooms for business or pleasure travelers to Pago Pago. We have an onsite air-conditioned bar and the best restaurant on the island, and while we are bragging, may we say in the South Pacific. Pago Pago and the business centers of Fagatogo and Utelei are within five to ten minutes walking distance.  Amenities include wireless internet, cell phone rental and private conference rooms.

The Legend of Sadie Thompson:

Somerset Maugham, as a young writer, sailed from Pago Pago to Hawaii aboard the steamer Sonoma in 1916, when American Samoa was a recently acquired U.S. Territory under Navy rule. Heavy storms prevented the boat from leaving for Apia so the passengers stayed in Pago Pago, including, as the story goes, Sadie Thompson and a group of missionaries. The events that transpired inspired Maugham’s short story Rain, or he was bored and made it up. Either way, it’s a great story.

There is evidence though that his lead character Sadie Thompson, a woman who knew how to have a good time, traveled on the same boat.  He described her boarding of the Sonoma as a “blond runaway from Iwelei running up the gangplank at the last moment before departure”. Iwelei was the redlight district on the outskirts of Honolulu. Sadie stayed behind in Pago Pago and, as legend has it, set up shop to entertain sailors.  

There is no deportation record for Sadie Thompson in Pago Pago, but she was mentioned in a letter to Samoan Affairs for running a house of prostitution that catered to U.S. sailors. It is said she called her place of business, our Sadie's Restaurant, the Sadie Thompson Inn.

Sadie possibly returned to Honolulu aboard the steamship Ventura when her romance with a Samoan man was discouraged. No records of Sadie have been found after her departure, but she left her legacy in American Samoa and we kept the name when we bought and upgraded the original building to include modern rooms and the new bar and restaurant .

The Management and Staff of Sadie's hope you will visit us soon. 


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