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8.9
Excellent
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9.8
Exceptional
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Exceptional location
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Free Wi-Fi

Duke Of Marlborough Hotel

35 The Strand, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 0202 - See map
"The lovely dining room looks out to the water and was warmed by a traditional fire and a wall displaying the History of the early years in this part o..."
Sheryl - August 24, 2018
Exceptional service
9.2 rating for service
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 92% of guests
Excellent cleanliness
8.9 rating for cleanliness
Excellent comfort
8.8 room quality and comfort
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

  • Garden

  • Fitness center

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Location score
9.8/10
Room comfort score
8.8/10
Service score
9.2/10
Review score - United States
8.5/10
Better than
98
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
95
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
94
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Better than
94
%
of Bay of Islands properties
Value for money8.3
Location rating9.8

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8.8
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    Waterfront
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
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    Apartment with Sea View
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    • Room size: 29 m²/312 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 queen bed
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    Waterfront Studio
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    Superior
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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    • Room size: 29 m²/312 ft²
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    Bungalow (Self Contained)
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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    What people love about Duke Of Marlborough Hotel

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Staff 

      "Staff were so friendly and helpful and made us feel so at home."

      Ruth

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      December 2, 2016

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Location

      "Wonderful historic waterfront location in Russell village."

      Sheryl

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      August 24, 2018

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "Gorgeous tranquil setting with a historical background."

      Ruth

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      December 2, 2016

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    10.0
    Exceptional

    "The hotel is situated in the perfect spot right on the harbo..."

    Paul

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    May 22, 2018

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    Most talked about facilities

    Food & Dining
    10 mentions
    View
    5 mentions
    Breakfast
    2 mentions
    Beach
    1 mention

    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The staff, food and bar were excellent and we had a wonderfu..."

    Paul

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    May 22, 2018

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    Continental

    Restaurants on site

    Duke of Marlborough
    Cuisine:Local
    Menu:Buffet

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    Reviews of Duke Of Marlborough Hotel from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.9
    Excellent
    From 816 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (102)Booking.com Reviews (714)
    Rating via Agoda8.9
    /
    10
    Cleanliness8.9
    Facilities8.3
    Location9.8
    Room comfort and quality8.8
    Service9.2
    Value for money8.3
    High score for Bay of Islands
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (37)
    8-9 Excellent (15)
    7-8 Very Good (11)
    6-7 Good (3)
    <6 Below Expectation (2)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (18)
    Jun - Aug (10)
    Sep - Nov (17)
    Dec - Feb (23)
    All guests (102)
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    1234
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Ron
    Group
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Stay with friend from USA”

    Everything was extremely good in regards to our stay. The dinner on Thursday evening was superb! Only thing we could fault was that the bar staff were not very good at mixing cocktails. Otherwise the staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. Highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed June 09, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Rachael from New Zealand
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Perfect location”

    The room we stayed in was quite small, but the bed was really comfortable and the bathroom was well decorated and clean. Most importantly, this hotel is right in the middle of the Russell waterfront, allowing walks along the coast day and night.

    Reviewed May 07, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Ella from South Africa
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Exceptional”

    Beautiful hotel in a great locations. Staff excellent. Would totally recommend it.

    Reviewed June 06, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Matthew from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Amazing stay”

    Fantastic rooms, staff and food. Could not fault this hotel, it was a perfect stay in an amazing location.

    Reviewed February 17, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Peter from Australia
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    One night stay Russell NZ”

    The hotel was under renovation during our stay Standard room is comfortable but small Staff are pleasant The view across the bay from the hotel verandah is what it’s all about

    Reviewed October 28, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sheryl from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Winter Break at The Duke of Marlborough”

    Wonderful historic waterfront location in Russell village. Our large verandah overlooked the moored yachts and the Ferries coming and going to and from the wharf. Our huge room had a stunning interior design and two sets of French doors opening on to the verandah. The lovely dining room looks out to the water and was warmed by a traditional fire and a wall displaying the History of the early years in this part of New Zealand.

    Reviewed August 24, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Judith from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

    Fantastic location and room ”

    We had Room 1 which had a big balcony overlooking the Bay so a superb view and a lovely room. Also impressed with the dinners that we had, especially the slick service on the second night as the hotel also had a very large conference/dinner to cope with. Friendly, helpful staff and a lot of repeat clientele which says it all.

    Reviewed March 21, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    David from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Charm, smiles and great location. ”

    Plenty of character, superior room (17) was large and very well equipped throughout. Cheerful staff who coped well with extremely busy lunch service. Parking at rear over road but can unload at front steps. Good value for money but no water st all in morning for shower, shave and loo only just got a shrug and late apology- no mention of any recompense. Overall we would recommend.

    Reviewed February 13, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Rob
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

    Almost Perfect”

    This hotel had all the historic atmosphere and old time elegance we hoped for. We had two nights in room 8. For a remarkably low price we had a good sized room with view that included some water. The wifi worked and the staff were really helpful.

    Reviewed November 04, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ruth from New Zealand
    Group
    Small
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

    Tranquil beauty”

    Gorgeous tranquil setting with a historical background. So restful but close to all amenities. Staff were so friendly and helpful and made us feel so at home. Views to die for - wine and lovely sunsets. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommended. Rooms smallish but very comfortable.

    Reviewed December 02, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jo from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

    Elegant Accommodation”

    Couldn't help but be impressed by the Duke of Marlborough. Complete comfort and elegance. The current owners have managed to retain the natural ambience of the hotel. We had a great stay enjoyed every minute of it.

    Reviewed May 25, 2016
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Philip from United States
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 4 nights in January 2016

    Wonderful historic hotel”

    Great waterfront view room, wonderful staff, best location in Russell.

    Wonderful, invest the extra $$$$ for a waterfront view, you won't be sorry! The front desk will make reservations for tours. Sail on the F. Murray Abraham tall ship, go to Cape Reinga. We found a great dive bar about a block away called the Duke of Marlborough tavern. Cheap food and drinks and pokies!

    Reviewed January 13, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Michael from New Zealand
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    Luxury in Russell”

    Room 8, location, staff

    This was without doubt one of the best long weekends my wife and I have enjoyed for many years, the weather played ball to compliment everything about the hotel. The accommodation, food, staff were all excellent. Thank you

    Reviewed March 10, 2015
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Amanda from Australia
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2014

    Charming place to stay”

    Location, Food and service

    We had a wonderful time at this hotel. The view from our room upstairs was supurb. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. The hotel is right on the beach and adjacent to the ferry to Paihia. We took the ferry to Paihia. We walked over to the back beach - Long Beach. Lots to enjoy and relax about.

    Reviewed November 09, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    carol from Australia
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in February 2014

    Delightful experience”

    Location,food,friendly staff

    Very enjoyable,comfortable and very good dining experience. Wonderful location overlooking the water.Standard room was basic but adequate.No complaints apart from lack of electrical outlet in the bathroom so very hard to use my hair dryer. Balcony room was excellent with good sized bathroom and patio.

    Reviewed March 05, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Heather from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Small
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

    Great location, friendly service”

    Personal service

    From the moment I checked in, I felt welcome. The young receptionist booked an excursion trip for me and recommended other activities. The staff were friendly, helpful and respectful, and remembered my name which was nice. The restaurant was great, the food was delicious and well presented. And a great view to watch the sunset.

    Reviewed March 01, 2013
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jacinda from New Zealand
    Family with young children
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in December 2011

    One of the best in the world!”

    Beautiful location and amazing staff

    i have travelled a great deal and stayed in numerous hotels around the world. the duke of marlborough hotel was up there with the best of them. the staff couldn't have been more friendly and went out of there way to make our stay one to remember. nothing was a problem.

    Reviewed December 14, 2011
    8.0
    Excellent
    Donal from Ireland
    Couple
    Stayed 6 nights in December 2010

    Nice hotel overlooking the bay”

    Centre of village - very friendly management

    hotel had just changed ownership when we stayed there ... rooms were being upgraded (newer rooms are much nicer - ask for one of these). food in restaurant is excellent ... particularly all the fish dishes. the management team were very friendly and helped us booking our activities etc. russel itself is a bit quiet but a good base for bay of islands tours. lovely beach (long beach) behind the village is good for swimming.

    Reviewed February 10, 2011
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Fiona from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

    Exceptional”

    excelle

    Reviewed July 30, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    david from Australia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    great hotel, is THE place to stay in Russell”

    location, the building itself is great, really nice fun place, swinging bar

    is right on the water front, the meal portions are huge, great bar

    Reviewed January 30, 2012
    1234

    Reviews of Duke Of Marlborough Hotel from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.9
    Excellent
    From 816 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (102)Booking.com Reviews (714)
    Rating via Agoda8.9
    /
    10
    Cleanliness8.9
    Facilities8.3
    Location9.8
    Room comfort and quality8.8
    Service9.2
    Value for money8.3
    High score for Bay of Islands
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (37)
    8-9 Excellent (15)
    7-8 Very Good (11)
    6-7 Good (3)
    <6 Below Expectation (2)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (18)
    Jun - Aug (10)
    Sep - Nov (17)
    Dec - Feb (23)
    All guests (102)
    All room types
    All languages

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    Showing 68 verified guest comments
    1234
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Ron
    Group
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Stay with friend from USA”

    Everything was extremely good in regards to our stay. The dinner on Thursday evening was superb! Only thing we could fault was that the bar staff were not very good at mixing cocktails. Otherwise the staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. Highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed June 09, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Rachael from New Zealand
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Perfect location”

    The room we stayed in was quite small, but the bed was really comfortable and the bathroom was well decorated and clean. Most importantly, this hotel is right in the middle of the Russell waterfront, allowing walks along the coast day and night.

    Reviewed May 07, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Ella from South Africa
    Couple
    Superior
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Exceptional”

    Beautiful hotel in a great locations. Staff excellent. Would totally recommend it.

    Reviewed June 06, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Matthew from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Amazing stay”

    Fantastic rooms, staff and food. Could not fault this hotel, it was a perfect stay in an amazing location.

    Reviewed February 17, 2019
    8.4
    Excellent
    Peter from Australia
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    One night stay Russell NZ”

    The hotel was under renovation during our stay Standard room is comfortable but small Staff are pleasant The view across the bay from the hotel verandah is what it’s all about

    Reviewed October 28, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sheryl from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Winter Break at The Duke of Marlborough”

    Wonderful historic waterfront location in Russell village. Our large verandah overlooked the moored yachts and the Ferries coming and going to and from the wharf. Our huge room had a stunning interior design and two sets of French doors opening on to the verandah. The lovely dining room looks out to the water and was warmed by a traditional fire and a wall displaying the History of the early years in this part of New Zealand.

    Reviewed August 24, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Judith from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

    Fantastic location and room ”

    We had Room 1 which had a big balcony overlooking the Bay so a superb view and a lovely room. Also impressed with the dinners that we had, especially the slick service on the second night as the hotel also had a very large conference/dinner to cope with. Friendly, helpful staff and a lot of repeat clientele which says it all.

    Reviewed March 21, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    David from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in February 2018

    Charm, smiles and great location. ”

    Plenty of character, superior room (17) was large and very well equipped throughout. Cheerful staff who coped well with extremely busy lunch service. Parking at rear over road but can unload at front steps. Good value for money but no water st all in morning for shower, shave and loo only just got a shrug and late apology- no mention of any recompense. Overall we would recommend.

    Reviewed February 13, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Rob
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

    Almost Perfect”

    This hotel had all the historic atmosphere and old time elegance we hoped for. We had two nights in room 8. For a remarkably low price we had a good sized room with view that included some water. The wifi worked and the staff were really helpful.

    Reviewed November 04, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ruth from New Zealand
    Group
    Small
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2016

    Tranquil beauty”

    Gorgeous tranquil setting with a historical background. So restful but close to all amenities. Staff were so friendly and helpful and made us feel so at home. Views to die for - wine and lovely sunsets. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommended. Rooms smallish but very comfortable.

    Reviewed December 02, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jo from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2016

    Elegant Accommodation”

    Couldn't help but be impressed by the Duke of Marlborough. Complete comfort and elegance. The current owners have managed to retain the natural ambience of the hotel. We had a great stay enjoyed every minute of it.

    Reviewed May 25, 2016
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Philip from United States
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 4 nights in January 2016

    Wonderful historic hotel”

    Great waterfront view room, wonderful staff, best location in Russell.

    Wonderful, invest the extra $$$$ for a waterfront view, you won't be sorry! The front desk will make reservations for tours. Sail on the F. Murray Abraham tall ship, go to Cape Reinga. We found a great dive bar about a block away called the Duke of Marlborough tavern. Cheap food and drinks and pokies!

    Reviewed January 13, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Michael from New Zealand
    Couple
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    Luxury in Russell”

    Room 8, location, staff

    This was without doubt one of the best long weekends my wife and I have enjoyed for many years, the weather played ball to compliment everything about the hotel. The accommodation, food, staff were all excellent. Thank you

    Reviewed March 10, 2015
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Amanda from Australia
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2014

    Charming place to stay”

    Location, Food and service

    We had a wonderful time at this hotel. The view from our room upstairs was supurb. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. The hotel is right on the beach and adjacent to the ferry to Paihia. We took the ferry to Paihia. We walked over to the back beach - Long Beach. Lots to enjoy and relax about.

    Reviewed November 09, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    carol from Australia
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in February 2014

    Delightful experience”

    Location,food,friendly staff

    Very enjoyable,comfortable and very good dining experience. Wonderful location overlooking the water.Standard room was basic but adequate.No complaints apart from lack of electrical outlet in the bathroom so very hard to use my hair dryer. Balcony room was excellent with good sized bathroom and patio.

    Reviewed March 05, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Heather from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Small
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

    Great location, friendly service”

    Personal service

    From the moment I checked in, I felt welcome. The young receptionist booked an excursion trip for me and recommended other activities. The staff were friendly, helpful and respectful, and remembered my name which was nice. The restaurant was great, the food was delicious and well presented. And a great view to watch the sunset.

    Reviewed March 01, 2013
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jacinda from New Zealand
    Family with young children
    Small
    Stayed 1 night in December 2011

    One of the best in the world!”

    Beautiful location and amazing staff

    i have travelled a great deal and stayed in numerous hotels around the world. the duke of marlborough hotel was up there with the best of them. the staff couldn't have been more friendly and went out of there way to make our stay one to remember. nothing was a problem.

    Reviewed December 14, 2011
    8.0
    Excellent
    Donal from Ireland
    Couple
    Stayed 6 nights in December 2010

    Nice hotel overlooking the bay”

    Centre of village - very friendly management

    hotel had just changed ownership when we stayed there ... rooms were being upgraded (newer rooms are much nicer - ask for one of these). food in restaurant is excellent ... particularly all the fish dishes. the management team were very friendly and helped us booking our activities etc. russel itself is a bit quiet but a good base for bay of islands tours. lovely beach (long beach) behind the village is good for swimming.

    Reviewed February 10, 2011
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Fiona from New Zealand
    Couple
    Waterfront
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

    Exceptional”

    excelle

    Reviewed July 30, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    david from Australia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2011

    great hotel, is THE place to stay in Russell”

    location, the building itself is great, really nice fun place, swinging bar

    is right on the water front, the meal portions are huge, great bar

    Reviewed January 30, 2012
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