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Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Russell
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1 review
“World class for this type of accommodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

Room five with great sea views is just beautiful.
The service and dinner menu great.
Can't fault any of it.

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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Great service, great food and lovely seaview room. We'll be back!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

Stayed Friday and Saturday night with friends, and enjoyed spacious, sunny, clean rooms, fabulous food, a perfect location and great service. We'll be back!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

Ignore date of travel with this as it doesn't allow me go back to Spring (in NZ) of 2006. Anyway -

The husband and I landed in Auckland early one morning after a 12-hour flight. Wrecked. No hotel booked. We checked in with the tourist bureau in the arrivals hall and in a flash were booked into the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell - first capital of New Zealand. Alright, it was only that for a year, but still ...

If you are going to Russell, this is the spot. We, too, had an enormous, quiet, spotless room overlooking the bay. The price was amazingly reasonable - the staff so friendly. The food was FABulous. The fish ... scrumptious. We stayed for several nights while we toured the area - SO much to see - coming back in the evenings to have aperitifs on the large verandah in front of the hotel and watch the sun go down on the Bay of Islands.

Now you tell me, does that sound like heaven or not?

It was.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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KAIKOHE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

I stayed in a beautifully clean and quiet room at the Duke, and those are the big two for me. The room was spacious and well appointed. The restaurant and bar are nicely laid out, and with staff who are friendly and know the menu. All in all, a memorable experience in a lovely spot.

Cheers, Kevin

Room Tip: The standard rooms are well above the standard usually encountered.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

One night at this stately looking along the waterfront in Russell (north island)! Excellent meal last evening and breakfast included all very good. I must report one major "ding" against the D of M, was that they encountered Internet issues just as we arrived and quite frankly wanted to write a review whilst I was there! May I suggest that instead of contracting this simple and most valuable of hotel amenities, out, please ensure guests are provided while staying! Otherwise, I rate this place a very good!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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DUKERUS, Owner at Duke of Marlborough Hotel, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
We appreciate your feedback and it’s great that you enjoyed your stay with us. Regarding the internet – we provide 30mins free wifi for guests. Sign in and password details are provided at reception. We rarely have problems with the connection which can’t be fixed. I apologise for any issues with your internet connection and I hope that it was resolved during your stay.
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We arrived in Russell late in the day and didn't expect to get a room for the night, but Vicki (I think?) booked us into an amazing room over looking the foreshore. What a beautiful room and perfect for honeymooners!

We enjoyed our yummy meals with fine wine(Reccommended ny our waiter)

Thanks guys for all your help to make our break special, we will be back soon!

Cheers
Paul and Katherine

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Property: 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:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#1 Family Hotel in Russell
#2 Romantic Hotel 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 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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