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Chancellor Park, undefined, Australia
February 25, 2005
From journal Land of the Long White Cloud Adventure
September 29, 2002
Well, maybe. I wasn’t willing to write a check large enough to stay overnight at Raffles, but I did order drinks in one of it's elegant bars. There’s no way Aggie’s could be accused of the Singapore institution’s slightly intimidating air of wealth. For the price of a single night at Raffles in 1993 dollars, I could have spent four nights at Aggie’s at 2002 prices.
Aggie’s HAS hosted an impressive array of celebrity guests - if there’s a sidewalk star with his name on it in Hollywood, he may well also have a guest cottage named for him at Aggie’s. Cooper, Brando, Burr, and Holden are a few. The hotel was a renowned rest-and-recouperation center for Allied servicemen and officers during World War II. It's impeccably white facade, with tiers of verandahs overlooking Apia Harbor, conveys exactly the right impression of proper British hospitality.
And, that it delivers. It’s huge - 156 rooms and 26 island-style garden bungalows sprawling over the equivalent of two Chicago city blocks. The photographs speak to the superb pool and immaculate groundskeeping. My "standard" single room had a smallish bed but was otherwise well equipped. Except for the occasional bug that you’ll find in even the priciest tropical hotel bathrooms, the room was clean and well-maintained. I could watch the latest worldwide financial markets or free movies on the cable TV service included with the room.
The second-floor room - no elevator - shared a common balcony with adjoining units and carried a ‘rack rate’ of U.S. $95-100. The garden bungalows, or fales listed for $115 (single) or $120 (double). Rooms in the newer wing facing the harbor started at $140.
Service was commendable; I never encountered an unsmiling employee and never had a glass go unrefilled for more than a few minutes. There’s a reasonably priced informal outdoor restaurant and a superb fine-dining room inside.
I had a chance to visit Coconuts Beach Resort on the opposite side of the island, and, though Aggie’s had no beach, I would have to say that it appeared to be the class of Independent Samoa’s hotels - especially considering that Aggie’s guests play golf free at the Royal Samoan Country Club. There was nothing in American Samoa that could come close to it.
ONE WARNING: Book this property directly with the hotel. I was seriously overcharged by a hotel broker, paying a premium price for the least expensive room category.
From journal APIA: A Tale of 2 Samoas