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Commodore's Lodge
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Russell
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“fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

we had a room overlooking the sea, which was excellent. Kayaks, bikes etc were available free of charge. The owners were so friendly and helpful. Russell can be quite busy during the day with tourists but the evenings were fine. We enjoyed the spa Didn't go in the pool.

  • Stayed February 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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Thank you for your feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Commodores Lodge and look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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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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Tamarac, Florida
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Located next to the historic Duke of Marlborough Inn, this modern hotel is a gem. Most of the rooms border the lovely pool area and deck. Tables, chairs, umbrellas and lounges for each room in a little alcove in front of the big sliding glass doors for entry into each room’s sitting area. There are two love seats, table and 4 chairs, a full kitchenette in that sitting area. The bedroom has a roomy queen sized bed with a nice firm mattress. The comforter is light but quite warm. The bathroom could use a little more storage space but is adequate. Water pressure in the shower is excellent and the water is quite hot. By the way, that is contrary to the pool but locals don’t seem to mind the pool temperature. There is a spa as well as a hot tub. Located in the heart of Russell there are lots of places to eat all around it. The front entrance faces the beach and there are kayaks, bikes, etc. all for the guests to use. Wi-fi is available, but we were surprised to learn upon check out that there was a $5.00 NZD daily charge for its use. When we booked nearly one year ago there was no charge and although management has changed and the room rate was increased by $5.00 NZD per day, the current management honored our reservation price but got the $5.00 NZD back with the Wi-fi charge. One major criticism was that there were not any blackout shades or curtains and room was very bright in the morning. On the other hand, unlike almost every hotel room we have stayed in we had enough light at night to read by.

Room Tip: We liked room 11. The poolside rooms are all very nice.
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  • Stayed March 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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CommodoreRussellNZ, Manager at Commodore's Lodge, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. Wifi cost have always been charged at NZ$ 10.00 per STAY, be it one night stay or as longer.
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Shanghai, China
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

What to say.... this place is just another lovely lodge, perfect location, perfect people, rooms are nice and clean, and price is reasonable... You have a nice BBQ that you can share with other people and a tiny pool that is very clean

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CommodoreRussellNZ, Manager at Commodore's Lodge, responded to this review, March 23, 2013
Thanks for a great feedback. So glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you again soon. We do try our best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
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Auckland, NZ
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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

These guys really deserve their high ranking. This is a beautiful spot in a stunning seaside town and this motel simply delivers everything you need. As a family of 4 with kids 10 & 8 it couldn’t have been better. Good value for money and the kids sure took advantage of the pool, spa, bikes and kayaks. Owners were wonderfully helpful without being obtrusive and (with the exception of kids in the pool during the day) it was very quiet. Best accom we had on our trip right around Northland – We will be back!

Room Tip: We were in 6 which was great, but they all looked great. All seemed to face the pool except a couple...
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  • Stayed January 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Commodore's Lodge was a great place to stay in Russell. It was right at the centre of the township, had all the facilities you might need: wifi internet, outdoor pool, spa pool, bikes/helmets, kayaks. The owners were unfailingly helpful. Our room opened onto the pool area, so the only noise was from fellow travellers rather than the waterfront crowd. Minor quibble would be the cramped car parking facilities. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms around the pool don't get the waterfront crowd noise, but obviously if your neighbours are...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

I'm writing this review sitting in apartment 12, overlooking the pool area. Fantastic apartment with all the facilities I could ask for.

Although Russell is hardly a sprawling metropolis, the Commodore's is centrally located, and just a few minutes walk from everything.

Plenty of places nearby to grab a meal, ranging from cheap takeaway, to special occasion treats. There are also 2 minimarts if you want to self cater in the well equipped kitchenette.

As another reviewer has already said, having an apartment by the pool can have its drawbacks. This is a family holiday location, and quite often the pool is occupied by kids playing. Personally, they didn't bother me too much.

Overall, no complaints. I'd happily stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at Commodore's Lodge between Christmas and New Year. The hotel is in a great location and the owners are very helpful, but if you want somewhere quiet to go this may not be a place for you. When we were there we were in one of the rooms overlooking the central pool and the children from one of two of the neighbouring families spent all day in the pool. This was inevitably a bit noisy - not helped by the fact that they were playing ball games most of the time. The pool area isn't really bit enough for this.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Russell
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Commodore's Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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