We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great motel, average owners”
Review of Commodore's Lodge

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Commodore's Lodge
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Auckland
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great motel, average owners”
Reviewed October 4, 2009

Commodore's Lodge is in a lovely location, and the rooms and amenities are all great. However, we were disappointed at the lack of acknowledgement and friendliness from the owners, Gill and especially Russ. On the phone when we booked, we got the impression that Russ was friendly and relaxed, but we were not greeted one single time by him whilst we were staying at the motel, and we were there for several days. He walked past us many times, but not once did he even smile, nod or speak to us. We all thought that was pretty rude of him, as other motels we have stayed at throughout the country have all had friendly and helpful proprietors. Gill was not unfriendly by any means, but from our travels around the country, we have come to expect a warm welcome by kiwi hosts. Sadly, we were wrong this time. Because of the location, price, cleanliness and layout of the motel, we would come back again, but in no way is this because we felt welcomed and valued by Gill or Russ.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank AucklandFi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

94 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    64
    20
    6
    1
    3
See reviews for
33
46
Solo
0
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (27)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 25, 2009

Russell is a gorgeous little town and the rooms at the Commodore's Lodge were beautiful. We stayed in one of the waterfront studios, which was a nice treat and although I think we were the only people there (it was mid-week in July) the whole place had a very nice feel. Gill and Russ were both very friendly and helpful, offering us the loan of their mountain bikes if we wanted to do some serious riding (we didn't) when we borrowed some of the hotel's bikes. Sitting on our deck for breakfast was chilly, but worth it for the lovely views - I can imagine it would be heaven in summer!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank StPierreLs
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
redondo beach
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2009

My husband were in Russell on recommendation of his co-worker, a Kiwi who lives in Los Angeles. We had been sent to the Duke of Something Hotel. We went in there and it seemed a little "posh" and expensive for us. Walking back down the street we noticed the Commodore's Lodge, which looked brighter, cleaner and more to our California liking. It had open rooms facing the beach with big patio tables, comfortable chairs and a BBQ. It reminded me of a 5 star hotel in Palm Springs or San Diego. We inquired within and found a beautiful pool, a friendly caretaker and reasonable prices. A gem to behold! The manager took us on a tour of the place and we decided to book the room in the front by the beach. I only wish I could have spent more days in Russell at the Commodore's Lodge, instead of foolishly driving back to Auckland.
I have to say that this Lodge is probably the best place I've ever stayed in for such a low price in all my world travels. Comfortable bed, great water pressure in the shower, nice little town. A cat named Mouse comes around to give affections to world travelers missing their own pets.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank purche
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Somers, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2009

The management were great,friendly and very helpful.The rooms were warm and clean every day and quite spacious . Location was just perfect as it is right on the water close to the water ferry, hotel and sporting clubs and food outlets and grogery shoping.What else can you say exept if it was no good Iwould not be coming back for my 15th trip next year.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Harry030
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Atlanta
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed March 28, 2009

We spent two nights here while enjoying the sights of Russell and surrounding area. We had a one bedroom pool side unit, which was perfect. The room was clean, there was plenty of space, and the shower was the best in our three week travels of New Zealand. The Commodore is right across the street from the beach where there are picnic tables for use. We took the ferry over to Paihia several times with no problems. We did have a car but also went without the car. There are several nice restaurants very close by that you can walk to in Russell. We discovered that best fish and chips where those made with blue nose fish. The hosts where helpful answer questions and make suggestions.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank readysetgo56
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Coquitlam, Canada
Level Contributor
26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2009

Russell may once have been the "hell hole of the Pacific" in the days of pirates but is certainly now a piece of heaven. Spent about a week of rest & relaxation at the Commodore's Lodge with my husband and daughter ,who was 9 at the time, in March 2001 following several weeks of frantic touring. It could not have been more perfect and the owners were very helpful and made us feel at home. We had one of the efficency units surrounding the pool.We could sit on our patio & linger over a meal or drink and still watch our daughter while she was in the pool. Our unit was fairly basic but comfortable, however looking on the website it appears all the units have since been tastefully updated and refurbished.

Our daughter got her first taste of freedom in Russell. We felt so safe & secure we allowed her to take her scooter and go down to the bakery alone every morning for the croissant run. To this day 8 years later, our very travelled daughter's favorite place in the world (other than our hometown Vancouver) is Russell NZ.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank LJRVancouver
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lymington, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
186 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2009

Russ and Gill at the Commodores Lodge make your stay as comfortable as possible. Rooms have all the facilities you would expect, and Bicycles, kayaks and a swimming pool are all at your disposal.
I stay there each year, albeit for a short stay, but will continue to do so!

  • Liked — Clean rooms, all facilities, including hair dryer!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank clivegil
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Russell
0.0 mi away
Hananui Lodge Motel
Hananui Lodge Motel
#2 of 8 in Russell
278 reviews
0.1 mi away
Duke of Marlborough Hotel
2.4 mi away
Sea Spray Suites - Heritage Collection
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Russell Cottages
Russell Cottages
#3 of 8 in Russell
205 reviews
0.3 mi away
Motel Russell
Motel Russell
#5 of 8 in Russell
115 reviews
0.2 mi away
Duke Motel
Duke Motel
#4 of 8 in Russell
29 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Commodore's Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Commodore's Lodge

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
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Orbitz and HotelQuickly so you can book your Commodore's Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Commodores Hotel Russell
Commodore's Lodge Russell, New Zealand - Bay Of Islands

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing