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Motel Russell

3.0 of 5 16 Matauwhi Bay Road, Russell, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Victoria, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean, well maintained and staff made up the room perfectly and early. Easy walking distance from main streets of the small commercial section of Russell along the waterfront. Lovely little town with good restaurants and stores.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very friendly and helpful Hosts. Upon arrival the gentleman gave us a very welcome informative rundown of the area and it's facilities, including bars and restaurants etc. The motel units were very clean and well appointed. The whole complex was very well maintained. Although not right on the water front the location was great and only a short 3-4 minute... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent 2 days in Russell. The Motel was like new, super clean. Kitchen was well equipped plus a great barbeque. As soon as we arrived, Diane greeted us with her very old dog. She gave us great information as to the best places to see. (which ended up being great). She was very accommodating. Quiet, clean, great beds. and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Stayed in a 2 bedroom unit for 3 nights and couldn't fault this little gem. Easy 5 min walk to town and wharf, set back off the road so no problems with traffic on what was a very busy weekend for Russell. The pool area was delightful--a tropical setting with a great BBQ which had all the impliments and more... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A great location, a pleasant few minutes walk from the town which made it quiet but very handy - our two children 9 and 12 would walk into town by themselves no problem. The rooms are basic but spotless and for the price good value. The owners were friendly and the room maintenance outstanding with fresh towels and beds being... More 

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JohnMelis, Owner at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hello Jonathan. Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your recent stay with us at Motel Russell. Your comments regarding the insect screens has been noted and we will incorporate the installation of the screens in our off-season upgrades. Thank you. More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

I have stayed at Motel Russell on two occasions and rate them very highly. Friendly service, great value for money and everything you would expect from such a place. On the most recent stay, they even went the extra mile and did a clothes wash for us while we went out on a day trip (& also installed an extension... More 

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JohnMelis, Owner at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hello Russell H. Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your stay at Motel Russell. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your stay and we greatly appreciate your review. Thank you and safe travels. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Finding affordable accommodation in the Bay of Islands during school holidays is a tall ask (especially between Christmas and New Years), not to mention finding a place in Russell given its exclusivity. We would recommend staying here for a number of reasons including: - affordable rooms (there's a campsite a bit further out of town, but not as appealing as... More 

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JohnMelis, Owner at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your recent stay with us at Motel Russell. We are definitely the most affordable accommodation in Russell, for the time of year of your recent stay. We are glad that we were able to be of service to your family and hope to see you again next time... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Stayed overnight during the holiday peak season. We had a modern room which was tiny and immaculately clean. Also a kettle, plates and toaster which was handy for a cheap breakfast. The motel's in an excellent location, a short walk from Russell which is a very sweet little town (had a brilliant meal at the Duke of Marlborough)! The staff... More 

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JohnMelis, Owner at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hi Donnabellalea. Thank you for taking the time to do a review on your recent stay at Motel Russell. Motel Russell is the most affordable accommodation in Russell at this time of the year.(November to May peak season) Most Studio rooms, as the one you had, in Russell are on the smaller side. Motel Russell does offer a range of... More 

TPA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

There is nothing that the owners, Diane and John will not do to make your stay totally comfortable. From the moment you arrive you feel like a friend, not a paying guest. The rooms are very comfortable and you essentially get unlimited Wi-Fi. We had some special issues arise during our stay, and Diane and John put everything aside to... More 

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JohnMelis, Manager at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to do a review of your recent stay at Motel Russell. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We at Motel Russell are here to make sure that your stay in Russell is as comfortable and enjoyable as we can make it. We do hope that you enjoyed the rest... More 

Wellsford
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed 2 nights. The unit was roomy and well equipped. Handy to Russell township and the passenger ferry to Paihia. I was impressed by the pool and the quiet setting and particularly enjoyed the Tuis. We have family living close by who visited and we prepared dinner for 5. There are plenty of plates, glasses and cutlery and a... More 

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JohnMelis, Manager at Motel Russell, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for doing a review of your recent stay at Motel Russell. It is always great to hear that we have been able to meet your expectations and be able to be of service to you. Happy travels. More 

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Address: 16 Matauwhi Bay Road, Russell, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Motel Russell 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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Motel Russell New Zealand - Bay Of Islands
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