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“What a holiday should be!” 5 of 5 stars
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Russell Cottages
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   16 Chapel Street, Russell 0255, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Russell
Auckland
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“What a holiday should be!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Stayed three nights beginning of November. The cottages are clean, modern and self contained. Very quiet and peaceful yet only a minutes walk from town. Enjoyed a fire at night and the use of the heated pool during the day. Highly recommend these cottages.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

The other reviews describe these cottages well - very suitable for groups as cottages have large living spaces. Went as a couple so upstairs area locked off and we had access to the downstairs area.

Two quibbles - some instructions on how to use appliances (oven and dishwasher) would be beneficial and an extra blanket or two in the bedrooms. It got very cold in the middle of night.

it is much more relaxing staying in Russell than Paihia as it much less busy. Easy car ferry ride or standard ferry access between the two.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Totally self contained, clean, friendly staff.
Great location to base trip to BOI. We will be back!
Ideal fro a family or a few couples to stay.
Close to all the restaurants and the wharf. Lovely pool. suggest going on the dolphin explorer while there- great experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

A cluster of about 11 freestanding 2-storey mid-sized townhouses in a mews-like setting. Presentation was excellent; bedroom linen crisp and fresh.There is a full laundry with w.c downstairs, fully-equipped kitchen; a master en suite as well as another bathroom upstairs. Each townhouse has a wooden patio with table and chairs and there is a small garden. here is a flat screen TV in the open-plan living area as well as a TV in the main bedroom.
The facilities on offer: a heated swimming pool and spa, and a guest meeting house where there are two BBQs on the deck; a small playground for kiddies.

A short stroll to the Russell RSA and the two supermarkets, pub and numerous restaurants. My wife and I stayed three nights from 13-15 October and were very pleased with the standard of accommodation. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We spent a weekend here with our 8 and 6 year old boys. Cottages were really modern, we'll equipped and clean. Perfectly located for a short walk into Russell or over to long beach. The boys spent a significant amount of time in the heated pool and spa. Really safe to let them play tag and other games with the friends they made. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

These really are a home away from home, big, spacious rooms, comfortable furniture and beds, handy to everything, well appointed, clean, lovely pool and entertaining area. One of the best places we have ever stayed in New Zealand. Perfect for a group of friends or families to gather together. Would recommend staying more than one night.

Room Tip: Book in to any room and be sure to stay more than one night. We will be back!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Salem, OR
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26 hotel reviews
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Russell Cottages is a cluster of two story houses about two blocks from the Main Street of town. Our cottage was number 11. It featured a large living area with open kitchen and a bathroom and laundry area on the first floor. On the second floor is a master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Other doors upstairs were locked but my guess is there was another bedroom and bath for larger parties. The main floor had hardwood flooring and two patio doors opened onto a deck with small back yard. More than enough room for two people. The colors are a neutral white/ gray which contrasts nicely with the dark wood floors. Upstairs is carpeted with tile in the bath. The living area featured a flat screen television and fireplace.

The bed was comfortable and we slept well. A television is in the room.


Wifi is available for one device at a time ($25 for three days). The signal was strong but dropped away at times requiring another sign on. I could get a signal by walking over to the office area. The manager said she would waive the fee.

The rate for the cottage was about $150 per night through Expedia. We bought groceries for our meals as there were minimal necessities like salt and pepper in the cottage. Coffee and tea with a quick heating teapot were provided as well as dinnerware and pots and pans.

Some of the cottages surround a small salt water pool and spa. The spa was great but the pool was cool. In an adjacent building is a small kitchen and barbecues outside for guest use.

One day we were here it was sunny and we did a Bay of Islands boat trip. The next day it rained but we felt warm and toasty reading by the fire.

This is a pleasant resort and we highly recommend it to visitors to the Northland area.

Room Tip: Cottage 11 is in the back but has a private lawn and garden area.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Russell Cottages

Address: 16 Chapel Street, Russell 0255, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Russell Cottages 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built from traditional timber weather board, the three and four bedroom cottages have solid timber floors, raked timber ceilings and are fully appointed to a very high standard. Sold as 1 & 2 bedroom cottages as well as 3 & 4 bedroom, Russell Cottages has accommodation to suit all, from couples and honeymooners to families and groups, up to 8 can sleep in one cottage. Space to work, to entertain, to relax, and to host family and friends. ... more   less 
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