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Duke of Marlborough Hotel

35 The Strand, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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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 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. 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Highchairs available
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Free private parking nearby
Street parking
Free internet
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Tennis court offsite
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
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We visited The Duke as some many people had recommended it to us, it’s a great setting right by the waters edge. Our entree was delicious we opted for The taste of Fish which was three types of fish, two of which were served ceviche style, one cooked - sumptuous. For our Main we picked the 1.2kg Slow Roasted Northland Lamb Shoulder (gf) (for 2 people) which sounded great and the meat was, but it was served with Cos lettuce leaves (only 2 each) which you were supposed to make wraps of the meat with using the Mahoe’’ Yoghurt / Mint / Sambal / Kimchi, not only did the flavours not mix but the meagre helping of the yogurt, mint and kimchi left you with an awful lot of meat to eat by its self. Maybe we just chose badly but if I were the chef I would rethink the accompaniments for the lamb it seemed just a wrong combination of flavours. We constantly had to ask for more water there was no bottle put on the table which would have solved the problem. The rest of the meal was good, nice wine and good cheese board.
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We had such a lovely dinner at the Duke. The food was just beautiful...scallops, cray, hapuka, all finished with beautiful ice cream. The service was perfect. Chris looked after us so well, and it was a pleasure to meet him. The view was pretty special too! We entirely recommend this restaurant.
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I had the pleasure of staying a night at the Duke of Marlborough with a friend in January. From check in to check out the whole experience was wonderful. The rooms are charmingly decorated and there was no noise, despite looking out onto the street front. There was a hiccup with the beds not being split when we arrived, but the receptionist was very apologetic and fixed it within 10 minutes. We left our bags and enjoyed a G&T at the bar while we waited. The only other mention is that the car park is opposite the hotel across the street, and not adjacent to the hotel as you would expect, due to space constraints within Russell. The hotel were accommodating with a room service option as my friend was feeling unwell, and the meal was impeccable. The tempura oysters were especially a treat. The quality of service here is faultless and it's a stay I'll remember for a long time. I would highly recommend staying at the Duke.
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This restaurant ticks all the boxes.Great location overlooking the bay. Wonderful period architecture and lovely wide verandas to relax and enjoy your meal. Staff are friendly and fully conversant with the menu and it’s content. We had Tuna which was pink and cooked to perfection. IThe dish accompaniments were perfect
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Fish and chips were nice and brought quickly. Service from the waiters in particular was pretty so so. Beers and wine were good and reasonably priced. Waitress behind bar... Barmaid I guess was a bit unknowledgeable about drinks.
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New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsRussell
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Frequently Asked Questions about Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.2 miles), Christ Church (0.2 miles), and Russell Museum (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Gables Restaurant, Hone's Garden, and GREENS Traditional Indian & Thai Cuisine.
Is Duke of Marlborough Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the center of Russell.
Does Duke of Marlborough Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.2 miles), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (2.5 miles), and Flagstaff Hill (0.4 miles).
Does Duke of Marlborough Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.