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“Wonderful weekend escape prior to business in Auckland” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa
Ranked #4 of 21 Russell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful weekend escape prior to business in Auckland”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

Jessie and Ruth, the owners, made us feel very welcome. The Lodge is in the centre of historic Russell, on the north island of New Zealand. With only 4 bedrooms - all individual, well appointed and extremely comfortable, the Lodge is both intimate and luxurious. I had one of the best massages I've had in a long time, in the spa, and we enjoyed the lively discussion over early evening drinks and canapes with fellow guests. Highly recommended for the discerning traveller!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

From beginning to end the best stay we have enjoyed anywhere.
If you would like to enjoy truly 5 star accommodation in a beautiful location this is THE place to stay.
Beautifully decorated and furnished boutique room with all the modern conveniences, spotlessly clean and a wonderful comfortable bed. The bathroom had been beautifully finished to a very high standard.

Charming hosts that made every effort to ensure our stay was wonderful from the evening drinks and canapes to the home baked bread with specialty preserves, that accompanied the lovely breakfast.

Sadly we have no photographs to offer, however the web site photographs are an accurate representation. We will be going again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Our stay at Flagstaff was wonderful. We would highly recommend the Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa. The rooms were comfortable and clean, the hosts were attentive but not intrusive and the breakfast was great. The outdoor bath's were fun and we cant wait to get back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Everything about our stay at Flagstaff was perfect. We've travelled extensively and would highly recommend the Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa. The rooms were very clean, the service was attentive but not intrusive and the breakfast was delicious. The outdoor bath's were an added bonus.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Diane H
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

We first visited Flagstaff Lodge in 2011 and it was one of the highlights of our trip. As part of our much longer 2013 visit to NZ, we always knew we would return. The property is absolutely beautiful, with wonderfully spacious and well equipped room. However, the main reason this hotel is so special is the hosts, Jessie and Ruth. Their attention to detail and engaging personalities make all their guests feel very special. There isn't anything they won't do for guests, and it is particulary enjoyable to spend an hour with them in the early evenings tasting local wines and enjoying Ruth's declicious canapes (in fact, Ruth is a great cook, her breakfasts were the best we had in 11 weeks!). Russell itself is extremely pretty, with a number of excellent restaurants and unspoilt local beaches. Without doubt, this was, once again, one of our highlights of all the places we stayed in New Zealand and we would thoroughly recommend it to everyone who loves good company, outstanding hosts, wonderful luxury and a beautiful setting.

Room Tip: If you thinking of going to the Bay of Islands, you must stay at Flagstaff Lodge!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alison_simpson27
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We booked this 4 night break in the Bay of islands as part of our 2 week trip to New Zealand 8 months ago.

They were 3 in our party and we took 2 rooms. The rooms were very spacious and scrupulously clean.

The effervescent hosts (Ruth & Jessie) are there to help and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. From suggesting where to eat in the evening, to organising any day trips, not an issue.

The breakfasts are of the highest standard. The eggs benedict were excellent!

Drinks and canapés are served at 18:00 and just such a pleasant way of meeting your hosts and fellow guests before setting off for your evening meal, in downtown Russell

Spa treatments were also tried by us. Quality of the therapists was second to none.

This is not a hotel it is so much more. Boutique luxury accommodation in the heart of Russell, you could describe it!

If you are visiting the Bay of Islands then a visit to the Flagstaff Lodge is a must.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MBB040
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

After a three week tour of NZ, staying in a variety of motels, hotels and homestays, we finished our holiday with three nights of luxury at The Flagstaff.

Our spacious room, from the decor to the great double-ended shower was perfect. Ruth and Jessie's hospitality was second to none: they provided help planning our activities and great conversation with the complimentary wine and canapés each evening. The breakfasts were excellent.

Flagstaff Lodge has 5* luxury (this is not 'entry level' accommodation!) with all the comforts of home, a perfect combination!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa
Address: 17 Wellington Street, Russell 0242, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Flagstaff Lodge & Day Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flagstaff Lodge is a fully modernised 1912 villa providing luxury boutique accommodation in the heart of charming Russell. Featuring contemporary style, NZ art, local wine & delicious food with relaxed, personal attention from your hosts. The Lodge offers four spacious en-suite rooms and a guest lounge – each uniquely styled – a relaxing courtyard and a boutique day spa offering massage and beauty treatments using premium Thalgo and OPI products. Just a 1 minute stroll from the seafront, the Lodge is the perfect, luxury base from which to enjoy Russell and the Bay of Islands. ... more   less 
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