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Commodore's Lodge

The Strand, Russell 0202, 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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east midlands
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed for 3 nights in a room adjacent to the pool. The motel is located only a few yards walk from the pier with boat trips, sailing trips and many other excursions all to hand. Bill and Pat were very friendly and helpful with nothing being too much trouble. Russell is steeped in history about the early settlers way... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at The Commodores Lodge for 3 lovely nights in Late summer. The service we received was extraordinary. Our traveling companions had some specials needs and I needed a doctor - both requests were handled quickly, efficiently and cordially. They really seemed to care that our needs were met and that we had a great visit. We found the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff was most friendly and helpful. And the location, well - one step away from everything in town. To top it off, this lodge is located right on the beach front promenade. There is a swimming pool, hot tub, free bikes and kayaks, and the rooms have everything one possibly needs or thinks they need. If you ask me,... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was incredible, we had a great time and the staff did everything to make our stay that much more amazing. You've got the sea right out front, the courtyard pool and a cheeky little spa to top it all off. Right in the centre of everything going on in Russell I would highly recommend the Commodores Lodge as... More 

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San Francisco, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On this, our 4th stay at Commodores Lodge, we brought the entire family, to share our love for this magic village and this lodging. Two lovely poolside rooms, with outdoor seating front and back provided a delightful family center. The pool is well fenced so no worries about toddlers. An enclosed courtyard provides quiet space away from the promenading on... More 

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

After driving up from Auckland we found an oasis in Russel at this hotel. Afternoon spent in pool at this place and complimentary kayak in the bay, hard to beat. We paid extra for the sea view room but totally worth every penny. Jealous looks from strollers and diners in nearby restaurants at our private dining and wining sea front... More 

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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Booked a 2 bedroom suite for a long weekend. Staff were friendly and helpful on checkin. Rooms were just what was required. Good sizes, tiles floors, well equipped. Room opened out onto the courtyard where most other rooms had outdoor tables and chairs. Pool was well fenced meaning we could let the kids into the area without fear of them... More 

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Marmaris, Turkey
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Bill and pat the owners call it paradise, and Russell is beautiful. Great views, great restaurants, try the seared tuna at the wharf next door to the commodore, and the commodore is a jewel. We had a spacious apartment by the pool, bikes, kayaks inc. all cared for by lovingly by bill and pat. Couldn't have been more different than... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We recently had a wonderful week in the Bay of Islands (four on a chartered yacht) every night in a different bay. We spent one night at the Commodore Lodge in Russell, we had an awesome room looking out to the bay, a little expensive but really comfortable and clean, the pool and spa were a welcome change from swimming... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We have always stayed at commodores lodge in Russell but this time was a little disappointed as they have new managers looking after the property. The place is no where as tidy as it used to be and the loungers were really moldy from the winter months but has not been cleaned, also the pool was not that clean with... More 

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CommodoreRussellNZ, Manager at Commodore's Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for you feedback. We are sorry to hear that the enjoyment of your stay did not live up to your expectations. Unfortunately, we were not made aware that you were experiencing issues. If we had known we would have dealt with this matter immediately to rectify the situation. The enjoyment of your stay is paramount to us and... More 

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