Aggie Greys Hotel
and Fiafia - a real Samoan experience!
AGGIE GREYS HOTEL - APIA
Aggie Greys Hotel is an Apia Institution. Affectionately known as “ Aggie’s” it opened in 1933 as a hamburger and coffee bar, soon evolving into a hotel, which was popular with American soldiers posted to Samoa in World War 11. Aggie was always keen that it be a guesthouse, rather than a hotel.
Aggie’s son Alan ran the hotel for many years and over saw the building and opening of the new Aggie Grey's Resort Hotel out by the airport.
While over the years Aggie Greys Hotel has grown, and had a major make over a few years ago, increasing it’s size from a comfortable one level building to a three level more opulent one........it has still retained the comfortable, tropical Somerset Maugham air of a guesthouse located in a fascinating travel destination, right down to the colourful decor, fresh floral decorations and family photos lining the walls.
Somehow......this is just another hotel. As with many 5 star hotels........... and it is certainly very luxurious..........it could be anywhere.
Aggie Greys Hotel in town is quite different. Young Aggie, Alan’s daughter and Aggie’s grand daughter ...........fronts the desk, and dances in the Fiafia. You are treated like you are a guest as she works the Fiafia fale , welcoming everyone and saying a few words.
TROPICAL FLORAL ARRANGEMENT - AGGIE GREYS HOTEL
Aggie’s is in a great location, very central to all that Apia has to offer. You can walk to the town, markets, restaurants and if you are feeling energetic ............Pololo Deep. The only beach near to Apia. Contrary to what many people probably expect, the beaches are mostly located on the opposite side of the island.
TROPICAL GARDENS - AGGIE GREYS HOTEL
Aggie Greys Hotel has several fales, named after many movies stars or writers such as James Michener.........it is said that his character Bloody Mary in the Tales of the South Pacific was based on Aggie Grey.
There are also comfortable rooms accommodating three people, with tea making facilities, edging the complex. All are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, and within easy reach of the large art deco swimming pool, bar and main fale where meals are served.
COOL OFF in AGGIE GREYS SWIMMING POOL
There is a coffee lounge for simple lunches, and a restaurant with rather exhorbitant prices - $50 – 70 plus tala for a meal!
A very pleasant bar where you can sit and watch the sunset over the harbour and an open lounge/bar , with computers, and a tourism booking desk. The is a gym for guests, and you are entitled to a free game of golf. The golf course is a very scenic course, if you are keen to use this free option.
Fia Fia at Aggie Grey's
THE FIA FIA FALE - AGGIE GREYS HOTEL
Aggie’s Fiafia ( a traditional Samoan feast) includes cultural entertainment and is performed by the same staff who run the hotel! $85 tala includes the concert that displays the Samoan dances ............the Siva, an elegant dance performed by the women, the Sasa - includes males and females and is performed sitting, with the hands telling stories of everyday life...... and you move outside to see the amazing fire dance, which requires much dexterity and skill! This is performed around the pool, and was spectacular, as they first lit the flares, and then performed..................the reflections in the water creating a double vision.
THE FIA FIA FEAST - AGGIE GREYS HOTEL
The Fiafia meal was huge.............and had a wide array of dishes from
Dessert followed, with
- palusami – cocnut cream baked in taro leaves
- oka – marinated raw fish in cocnut milk
- baked fish
- a variety of salads
- spicy hot dishes – influenced by the Chinese in Samoa
- ham on the bone
- spit roasted pork
- fresh fruit
- a selection of gateau and cakes
- tea and coffee
The staff are generally friendly, although some may try to evade helping. We were told the kitchen was closed the night we arrived. Having lived in Samoa and been many times, we knew to push a little more and queried "why?" when it should not have closed for another half hour and they were serving room meals. We were shown to a table and proceeded to have a meal!
I also suggest you check what you are signing. Our $5 tala lime and bitters was listed as a $20 tala pina colada! But overall the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
Aggie Greys Hotel is not plush and international in its decor or style. It is a comfortable, tropical hotel with an ambiance special to Samoa and the hotel’s history.
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