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Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 9, 2012

We have recently spent three nights at this excellent hotel. We found the room we had overlooking the bay to be very spacious and comfortable.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Definitely worth a visit for either a stay or just a drink on the veranda when up in the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Great area for keen sailors !
John B.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2012

Thanks John – and thanks for taking the time to feedback on the Duke Hotel. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back at some stage.

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Reviewed February 7, 2012

We just stayed here for one night, but the sun was shining, and the hotel had live music in the bar outside, so with a cold beer, sun shining and two guitarists playing, it seemed the best spot on the planet. We had a room which went onto the sun deck and it was a beautiful light, spacious clean room.

The breakfast was definately lacking though. Wouldnt pay for this again. The standard of the rooms and the feel of the hotel wasn't consistent with the poor breakfast. Sorry!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2012

Thank you for your review and taking the time to feedback. It’s great that you had an enjoyable stay at The Duke of Marlborough. We are reviewing the breakfast to make sure we are happy with the quality and standard.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Great room overlooking the bay was very well appointed.
Very enjoyable stay right down to having a large snapper caught on a fishing expedition prepared for our dinner that night. We found the staff extremely freindly and the outlook of the hotel very enjoyable - up there with our stay at Kata Beach, Phuket.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to review the Duke – we are delighted you had a great stay. Excellent work catching the snapper always makes dinner more satisfying!

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Spent one very windy night at the duke January 2012. Most impressed with room 2 (overlooks the sea). It is everything one might wish for from location to service to food. Is it me or are prices forging ahead? One thing is for sure, the weak pound is not helping.

Room Tip: Slightly more expensive but a room overlooking the ocean was well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2012

We appreciate you taking the time to feedback on our hotel and that you had a good stay.

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Reviewed February 1, 2012

Location on bay, restaurant fantastic, staff fantastic.

Do the swimming with dolphins out in the ocean tour - unreal!

Rooms could do with updating a bit but this definitely is unimportant when you are in such a good hotel.

Russell is fantastic place to stay. We only wished we had stayed for more than the two days.

Free wifi, with code from reception.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2012

Thanks for the feedback; we are plesed you had a lovely time. Russell and the Bay of Islands are a fantastic place to stay – heaps to see and do. We have been renovating the hotel since we took ownership in May 2010. With our renovations we have been trying to keep the historical element while giving it a modern feel. Hope you can come and stay again!

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

Superb ocean side room, beautifully clean and spacious. Breathtaking view over the sea and the most romantic sunset you can imagine. Helpful and good natured staff, the food is good. One of those places you are sorry to leave.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to post your review we appreciate your feedback and are pleased you enjoyed you Auckland Anniversary weekend stay.

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Reviewed January 23, 2012

I have recently had my wedding at the Duke and it was truely amazing. The staff are fantastic and the new owners Anton, Bridget, Jane and Ricky have transformed the hotel into the perfect mixture of old and new.

The service is outstanding, the accommodation is outstanding and the food is 'too die for'', as my Mother inlaw says.

The owners are wonderful to deal with and provided so much help and information for our big day. I never felt stressed once as it was always sorted and looked after by them (sorry guys too much pressure).

We mostly dealt with Anton and Bridget and nothing seemed a problem for these two. They made us feel almost part of the Duke and always took the time to talk even if we popped in at some of their busiest times.

I have been holidaying in Russell for quite a few years and these four people have put life back into not only the Duke but also Russell it's self.

Will be back again, again and again!!!

Cheers Guys

Room Tip: They are all great I have seen many when choosing accommodation for guests but the water front rooms...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2012

Thanks Rachel – we are so glad you enjoyed your day and it was everything you had hoped for. It was a great wedding and great wedding party! We look forward to seeing you back for your anniversary.

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Additional Information about Duke of Marlborough Hotel

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 #1 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Price Range: $93 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Duke of Marlborough Hotel 4.5*
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 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. ... more   less 
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