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Victoria, Canada
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great room - clean, quiet and comfortable. We liked the wall of windows; they let in lots of light and the breeze. The kitchen was well stocked with the single exception of a sieve or colander, but I've since learned this is a common omission. I fixed that by buying my own sieve. Motel Russell is just a short, easy... More 

Thank Kim S
Sydney, Australia
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79 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We were booked into a two bedroom unit here for two nights. It was quite small, but clean and comfortable, and the unit would really suit a family with young children. We had three adults, and while it worked for us, I think four adults would find it a bit cramped. The unit had a small sitting area and kitchen... More 

Thank Karen B
Brisbane, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Clean, comfortable and affordable. Well set up, quiet, comfortable bed, what more do you need? Walking distance to town. Would have no hesitation in recommending this motel to anyone visiting the area.

Thank Jane D
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

This is a great place to stay! Very affordable, clean and has everything you need. The owners are super friendly and accommodating. The kids loved the pool and the area around it would be great for a BBQ. We will be back. Thanks

Thank sarahC1018QZ
Whangarei, New Zealand
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed here as a group for my birthday over 2 days. The units were all so clean and the beds were comfortable. My family had a 1 bed apartment. The soundproofing between these rooms was good. The pool BBQ area was awesome, the kids had such a fun time in the pool with all the pool toys. Upon check... More 

Thank Alyayde
Rugby, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

This motel is being run by some fairly new people who do not seem to have got their act together and who are not very knowledgeable about the area. Our room was a decent size but came equipped with a fridge and microwave but no sink, teatowels or cloths which was not convenient as they do not do breakfasts (despite... More 

Thank Bobcat605
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2016

Friendly staff at Russell Motel made our two night stay easy. Seeing Weka birds by the private swimming pool and leafy bbq area and hearing Kiwis call at dusk ensured we felt the semi tropical vibe close to nature in Russell. We walked to all our excursions leaving from Russell Wharf which meant we parked the car at the motel... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

This is a basic Motel. The room was small and clean. The walls a little thin- can hear the man snoring next door. But that could be his fault. Didn't get time to use the pool which looks lovely. Would recommend staying here.

Thank Susan G
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Stayed here for 1 night and wish I could have stayed longer. Was made to feel very welcome and nothing was a problem for Elle. Short walk into town and to boats to go out to Bay of Islands. Beautiful apartments, very clean and comfortable.

Thank greg b
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163 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is a spotlessly clean and well run establishment with some large rooms, a good BBQ area and a pool and it's in a good location within 5 minutes walk of the town centre. We got one of the smaller rooms at the front [very handy for parking] and found it a little pristine and spartan. A picture or two... More 

Thank voyagerSussex

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Room Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Motel Russell is located an easy five minute walk to the Russell Wharf and two minutes to the Russell Boat Club. Motel Russell has a range of accommodation to suit everyones needs, Queen Studios, King Studios, Twin Studio with Kitchen, One Bedroom Apartments that sleep up to five, Two Bedroom Cottage great for two couples, or the Two Bedroom Family units that sleep up to eight. The pool is lovely and there is plenty of room on the barbeque to sizzle up what you like. Wake up to Subtopical gardens and birdsong. Book tours, cruises and local activities at reception, management aims to please. Low weekly rates offered in the slow season afford an excellent long stay option for those seeking a quiet getaway from it all experience.MOTEL RUSSELL IS A SMOKE FREE MOTEL.SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED ANYWHERE ON MOTEL GROUNDS. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Motel Russell

Address: 16 Matauwhi Bay Road, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Price Range: $111 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Motel Russell 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
Motel Russell New Zealand - Bay Of Islands
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Russell
#4 Romantic Hotel in Russell
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“If possible away from the main road,”
 of 5 bubbles ToblerE, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Talk to the owners first.”
 of 5 bubbles kinvigcat, 29 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Choose top floor”
 of 5 bubbles 187apostolos, 24 Apr 2015 | Read review
“The 1 Bedroom unit was a great option”
 of 5 bubbles bec_holiday, 7 Apr 2015 | Read review
“We were in room 11 which faced the road but noise not an issue would have preferred a first floor room”
 of 5 bubbles gowerexplorersr, 19 Mar 2015 | Read review
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