Located next to the historic Duke of Marlborough Inn, this modern hotel is a gem. Most of the rooms border the lovely pool area and deck. Tables, chairs, umbrellas and lounges for each room in a little alcove in front of the big sliding glass doors for entry into each room’s sitting area. There are two love seats, table and 4 chairs, a full kitchenette in that sitting area. The bedroom has a roomy queen sized bed with a nice firm mattress. The comforter is light but quite warm. The bathroom could use a little more storage space but is adequate. Water pressure in the shower is excellent and the water is quite hot. By the way, that is contrary to the pool but locals don’t seem to mind the pool temperature. There is a spa as well as a hot tub. Located in the heart of Russell there are lots of places to eat all around it. The front entrance faces the beach and there are kayaks, bikes, etc. all for the guests to use. Wi-fi is available, but we were surprised to learn upon check out that there was a $5.00 NZD daily charge for its use. When we booked nearly one year ago there was no charge and although management has changed and the room rate was increased by $5.00 NZD per day, the current management honored our reservation price but got the $5.00 NZD back with the Wi-fi charge. One major criticism was that there were not any blackout shades or curtains and room was very bright in the morning. On the other hand, unlike almost every hotel room we have stayed in we had enough light at night to read by.
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- Also Known As:
- Commodores Hotel Russell
- Commodore's Lodge Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands