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Duke of Marlborough Hotel

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The hotel carries the ambience of it's past which is set off by the beautiful surroundings. Although the rooms were smallish they were completely adequate. Very comfortable beds, fresh, clean and well maintained. The dining was good and the service excellent. The staff went out of their way to be helpful which made our stay most comfortable. The hotel is...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

We had a lovely dinner. By the sunset Shared New Zealand fish tasting plate for entree followed by seafood chowder which was excellent a very nice soup Relaxed atmosphere Excellent views Staff friendly and attentive Good choice of wine

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Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful summers day in Russell with good company. Can only describe the Long Lunch as marvellous. Staff and service were fantastic and the food, albeit we tried and had only entrees and couldn't get to the mains ,were superb. We have decided that will be a great idea to do this again and will overnight this time.

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Thank Shane C
Paihia, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

This place is a tourist trap! The food is extremely over priced. I thought maybe I was paying for the service, but my waitress barely spoke English. After the wrong food was brought to my table, she had to get a manager to help translate/ understand the problem. If you speak French, then maybe you'll get a better experience! Be...

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see when visiting Russell. Russell was once known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific, is now a charming place to visit. The Duke of Marlborough is a lovely hotel with plenty of history. Lovely location overlooking the Bay. We stopped in and had a couple of Gin & Tonics in the lounge. We had other dinner plans,...

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Thank Wazootime
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As always the Dike delivered. The service, food and accomodation is always consistently great. It is a stand out for a great meal and the deck of the Duke can't be beaten for a easy and convivial business lunch. All the food for our team was great but the waitbait sandwich was the winner I think. The rooms are great...

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Thank TheCroat
Brisbane
Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of a trip around the North Island, my friend and I booked a waterfront room at The Duke of Marlborough for a couple of nights. We took our vehicle on the punt which leaves from Opua - it only cost $12.50 including passengers, and was far easier than parking at Pahia, and taking our luggage on the ferry,...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Duke of Marlborough for three nights and were rather disappointed in it. Undoubtedly the location is lovely-right in the middle of the beautiful shoreline at Russell. It is an older hotel, and has the feeling of a comfortable, worn -many-times jacket. A little bit of shabbiness can be cosy, and quite attractive, and can also create...

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Port Erin, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice place to relax for four nights, part way through a World Trip, in the peaceful surroundings of Russell and the Bay of Islands. An historic building close to the waters edge and convenient for ferries to Piahia. Great food, nice rooms, pleasant, hard working, and helpful staff.

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Thank Keith R
London
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My title says it all. The Duke is perfectly situated on the beach looking across the waters to Paihia. Room 2 is perfect. Huge bed, nice bathroom and great views. We eat dinner twice. The menu is interesting and the quality of food and cooking was really good. Breakfast is only continental, but more than adequate.

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 newly refurbished 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. Complimentary continental breakfast is served to guests in the morning. 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 

Additional Information about Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Price Range: ₹ 6,245 - ₹ 17,378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Duke of Marlborough Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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Also Known As:
Duke Of Marlborough Russell
Duke Of Marlborough Hotel Russell, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
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#1 Family Hotel in Russell
#1 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#2 Romantic Hotel in Russell
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“Most of the rooms at the back do not have views but you don't need that with the setting.”
 of 5 bubbles 146ruthw, 7 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Waterfront rooms are worth paying for”
 of 5 bubbles DP2610, 26 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Front of Hotel rooms premium Seaviews, Back of Hotel rooms excellent for deck areas.”
 of 5 bubbles GrandeBlu12, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you are going to pay to stay here get the Bay view rooms! Nice size and more like a suite, the other rooms looked quite small!”
 of 5 bubbles VenturaCoast, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room 1 faces the waterfront and is a good sized room”
 of 5 bubbles janineb0, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
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