Sadie Thompson Inn

Main Coastal Road, Pago Pago, Eastern District, American Samoa

Sadie Thompson is a legendary name in American Samoa. Immortalized by writer Somerset Maugham in his short story "Rain", Thompson was a colorful character who allegedly ran a house of ill repute near the Pago Pago harbor. The story goes that she was working in the red-light district in Hawaii and eventually landed in Samoa and took up her trade there. Her establishment, which is said to be on the site of today's Sadie Thompson Inn, was frequented by U.S. servicemen during World War II. Today it's a more demure setup with 12 rooms with large sitting areas, and two apartments with separate entrances. All have a/c, cable TV and DVDs, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. The on-site bar is lively, and the restaurant serves excellent seafood; don't miss the weekly Polynesian revue show. Owners Tom and Tia are on hand to offer sightseeing suggestions and arrange cruises and other tours.


  • conveniently located
  • historic building
  • friendly staff


  • no pool


Phones: 684-633–5900


12 rooms, 2 apartments
Rate Includes: No meals