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Duke of Marlborough Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Russell
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
Liz G Auckland Central, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed here for a few days in February. I have visited Russell many times, and have eaten at the Duke on many occasions, but this was my first stay. It's a lovely old building, with fantastic public areas and lots of history. The location is spectacular, right on the waterfront. The food is excellent, although when I stayed there... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One night only, room 5. Fabulous room, very tastefully decorated, large, good en suite facilities. Big choice of in room Tea bags, sadly all were fruit flavored, no English Breakfast. Staff were unfailingly attentive and happy, very nice dinner menu...book a table on the balcony edge if the weather is warm enough. The view from the room was superb, but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quaint hotel with fantastic location on the waters edge. We chose the standard size room and this comfortably fitted a cot. The balcony rooms looked amazing as we walked past and they were being cleaned. The bed quality was sufficient, it was not special nor uncomfortable. The in-room tv, fridge, kettle and teas/coffees were all fine. The bathroom was well... More

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Russell, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It offers good food & lovely scenic views from the verandah. I brought my visiting brother for a drink. He's in an electric chair, cannot enter building. The ramp stops up at first steps then nothing.

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Seattle, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just grabbed a quick bite on the front deck of the hotel. Super great service with a charming and attentive waitress. Good food but a bit spendy. Even still, great view of the Bay and worth taking the time.

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Phoenix Arizona
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100 reviews 100 reviews
16 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had such a lovely time at the Duke that we decided next time we would go for a room upgrade. We stayed in the house, in a room at the back. The bed was small but comfortable, the room was a bit cramped and so was the bathroom. What made our visit special wasn't the room, it was the... More

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shipley derbyshire
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of this hotel is stunning.Wonderful views of the Bay of Islands and perfect for the boat trips on offer.The ambience inside is lovely .Full of period features and old world charm.Rooms are spacious,well appointed,and clean. Restaurant is very good with excellent fish dishes. Take the Hole in the Rock Boat Tour and visit the Waitangi Treaty site.Both terrific.... More

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Surrey, England
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were nearing the end of our three week holiday in New Zealand and were delighted to find that we had saved the best till last! Not only was the location stunning but the food was excellent (dinner on the front deck on all three nights), and the staff were welcoming and helpful at all times. We paid a little... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we could not get into the Seaview rooms due to them being booked out we took the gamble of the bungalow and were so glad we did. You felt you had your own piece of paradise as you were completely separated from the hotel but just wondered next door for dinner and drinks, having your own courtyard meant you... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a perfect place to experience the charm of this lovely area during the quiet autumn off-season. The room was comfortable and clean, but next time I'd get the bay view, just so we could look out in the early morning and evening. Staff were all friendly and helpful, and there is much to do in the vicinity, on... More

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Also Known As:
Duke Of Marlborough Russell
Duke Of Marlborough Hotel Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands
Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Russell
#2 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#5 Romantic Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Duke of Marlborough Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Duke of Marlborough has been Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827 and holds New Zealand’s first liquor license. The Duke, as it is affectionately known is located on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands and is a great place to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends or simply enjoy the moment. With easy access to an exciting array of activities or sipping a glass of wine on our balcony there is plenty to see or do. There are three levels of accommodation our newly refurbished waterfront rooms with views across the water to Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia, bigger family rooms when you need extra space or our convenient standard rooms. All rooms have their own en-suites, Sky TV, wifi accessibility and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary continental breakfast is served to guests in the morning. With an award winning chef and restaurant manager the restaurant at The Duke focuses on a menu packed with fresh seasonal Northland produce. The bar has an extensive list of New Zealand wines and beers – something for everyone to enjoy while watching the sunset. ... more   less 
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