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“Russel and the Commore's Lodge... Perfect...”
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Commodore's Lodge
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Russell
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Russel and the Commore's Lodge... Perfect...”
Reviewed January 5, 2008

We love Russel... We've been there twice, in May 2006, and Apr 2007. Both stays were in the Commodore's Lodge which is perfectly tugged away at the water-side.

The motel is clean, has a really nice atmosphere, and is affordable. The setup and the pool is nice as well. Free bicycles and canoe's available as well.

But best of all: "It's in Russel". The best location if you want to be in the Bay of Islands. Especially if you want to sail the islands. And most important, want to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere all together.

Russel itself is really peaceful and not as busy as the other side of the water (Opua and Waitangi). But still near to beatuifull islands, and sceneries.

We're planning to go more time to go to New Zealand, and the Russel/Commodor's will always be one that will always be on the list to do.

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  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 24, 2007

Cannot speak too highly of the Commodores Lodge and of our hosts Gill and Russ Cryer. We had booked in to stay 3 nights but our flight from Auckland to Bay of Islands was canceled because of appalling weather,. We took the option of a 5 hour bus journey but that meant we could not get to Russell that night . Phoned Gill at Commodores Lodge who offered to book us into accommodation in Kerikeri to save us being stranded which meant we had a warm welcoming room to get out of the rain into.
We arrived in Russell the following day and Commodores Lodge is in a great location only a few yards from the pier so no trouble pulling our big suitcases there. Our chosen room opened onto a well constructed deck with excellent loungers, table and sun umbrella and the pool. The accommodation is modern with quality finishings - and very comfortable. We really enjoyed staying there as Russell itself is very pretty and has lots of interesting features and of course offers loads to do on the water (the dolphin watching was a real success). Given New Zealand's relatively young modern history it is also a historic place and the little local museum is excellent. We wished we could have stayed longer ( especially as the weather dramatically improved) and we would certainly stay at Commodores Lodge again.

  • Liked — Location ; quality; pool; helpful ,friendly owners
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2007

Have just returned from spending 2 great nights at the Commodores Lodge. This motel accommodation in romantic Russell, had everything you needed. Make sure you ask for a waterfront unit @ $190au per night. Fully self contained including cooking facilities.Unit comprises of kingsize bed (comfortable), cosy linen and contempory decor (recently refurbished). Outside deck with table and comfortable chairs, for kicking back with a wine & a beer watching the sunset. Sky televison and in-house video are also available in rooms. Guests have free use of bikes,kayaks and a dinghy, there is also a very nice pool and bbq area.

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, all just a few steps away. In saying this there was little or no noise as you might expect being so close to the activities. All in all a lovely two nights and days were had in Russell. The only fault I could find with the Commodores Lodge was the shower floor tiles had been laid in a way that the flow of water did allow for a good runoff, encountered water on the floor after shower could result in an accident if you slipped on the floor as I nearly did.! Execellent value for money.

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Property: Commodore's Lodge
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:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Commodore's Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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