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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
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Never dissapoints, recently in Russell, took friends for lunch, had a lovely time as usual and the food was fantastic as was the service, the staff and the view is second to none. Totally love this place and you should make it a must if visiting Russell. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Rotorua, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I had dinner here it was delightful. T he decor and ambiance was lovely.
The meals were delicious. The service was of a high standard very attentive. Highly recommended.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cromwell, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My wife and I spent v2 nights there and cannot speak highly enough of our experience there
Everything was great-The staff, the food, the wine menu, the state of our room,everything
I wish I lived a lot closer to Russell to take more advantage of it

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southport, United Kingdom
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Set in the centre of Russell on sea front, great looking hotel, clearly very popular with bustling clientèle, reception very friendly and helpful, room good size with all amenities, all staff very helpful, restaurant a must visit as food of a very high standard and fantastic location we had both meals on terrace, would recommend you book as very popular, would not hesitate to return!

Room Tip: Would ask for balcony if available!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stayedvat this hotel for 3 nights. Russell is a beautiful location and The Duke matches the location. Ideally located on the waterfront. An excellent complimentary continental breakfast is included in the room rate as is free WiFi. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The room rate is very reasonable a and cheaper than many others in Russell. Would recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sausalito, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The accommodations were well appointed and clean. The hotel is located on the banks of the bay in a breathtaking location. The staff went out of their way to cater to our needs. The hotel is a beautiful historical building with upstairs rooms opening up to a lovely deck, and last but not least, the food was delicious.

Room Tip: We stayed in two rooms upstairs, a large and a medium one. Both were excellent.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We went here after Wednesday racing and asked for a seat on the verandah, only to be told that there were none available. When we pointed out two that were free but needed to be cleared, we received an apology and invited to wait in the bar and they would call us through. We purchased a bottle of wine from their extensive and quite pricey wine list and waited until they called us through.
They did this after a few minutes and we were soon seated on the verandah overlooking the beautiful bay where only a short time previously, we had been racing in the local Wednesday evening club racing which was a joy to take part in.
As we enjoyed the view and the beautiful location, we soon realised that we had not been served. We attracted their attention and a very apologetic and helpful waitress was soon attending to us. Our choice of staters was salt and pepper fried calamari and tuna tartare. The latter was good and regrettably the former was not salt and pepper crispy and tasted more as if it had come out of a frozen packet. This was disappointing.
To her credit our waitress spotted that the calamari was not appealing to us and offered to change it. Our mains were good, succulent lamb and roast chicken.
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and restaurant has such a wonderful location and I guess on the whole it is generally pretty good. Our waitress was excellent but if more attention were paid to detail, it could be so much better.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Duke of Marlborough Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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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Also Known As:
Duke Of Marlborough Russell
Duke Of Marlborough Hotel Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands

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