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Motel Russell
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2012

We had a one bedroom studio on the 1st floor of the main block (room 16). Although it was clean and the bed was comfortable, there wasn't room to swing a cat! Most of the equipment needed renewing. At 160 NZ$ for 1 night this was one of the most expensive places and least value for money that we stayed at over our 5 week tour of both islands.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Great Stay. This is a quiet motel a bit off the main center of the Russell village. The 2 bedroom apartment was perfect for our family and very clean. The grounds and gardens are well kept and picturesque pool was well received by the kids and adults. I was very impressed with the hosts who went out of their way to pick us up some fresh oysters which were very yum.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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PatriciaParedis, General Manager at Motel Russell, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2012

Kia Ora and thank you for taking the time to let us and others know about your experience at Motel Russell. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our local Orongo Bay mussells to be delicious, we love them too.

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Reviewed 18 November 2011

We were in room 11 which faces the road. The bed squeaked every time you moved and was very hard. The bathroom was clean but needed updating - the shower head was really yucky and not a very nice shower experience at all. The man running the place seemed nice but didnt even tell us where the room was. The reception area was very basic and smelt damp and smelly. Also the managers were smoking upstairs which drifted down to our room. We think our room was under their house and we could hear them walking around in the morning and coughing. There was some free wifi which was good and pretty fast. I wouldnt stay there again but it was clean, close to town and im sure the pool would be nice on a hot day.

Room Tip: Maybe stay in the larger rooms closer to the pool not the ones under the managers house...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Becca8383
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PatriciaParedis, Owner at Motel Russell, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2011

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate knowing when a guest has not had the best experience possible and see it as an opportunity to improve.

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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We chose Motel Russell for its central position and reasonable cost and we were most impressed on both counts. With a variety of rooms available, we initially booked a studio with tea/coffee facilities but no kitchen. Then before leaving home, we contacted the very pleasant owners, Trish and Serge, to see if we could upgrade to a unit with kitchen - (another $NZ4 only!). A unit was unavailable, but we were immediately offered a 1 bedroom unit with full kitchen facilities for the same price - great PR!!
The unit was spotless, well-appointed and quiet. A free, light continental breakfast was part of the tariff - so we would challenge any moteliers in the district to offer better value for money - $NZ99 for modern,spacious, separate bedroomed, fully equipped with continental breakfast. Hard to beat!

Room Tip: Upper floor is good for access as lower floor is below ground level although pleasant.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

Motel Russell is a nicely arranged motel with different sizes of units in several sections and a good amount gardens and space in between. We had a one bedroom apartment which was well equiped and very clean. Overall we were quite impressed and the manager was pleasant and made us feel right at home and the price was reasonable.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

This is a great motel for groups. We had several apartments with kitchens located together with a common outdoor area to share. Everything was just right and in good condition. The owners were very helpful and friendly. We liked it and recommend.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Good size rooms, nice and clean reasonable price and nice short walk to restaurants.

  • Stayed: December 2010
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Additional Information about Motel Russell

Address: 16 Matauwhi Bay Road, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Russell
#4 Family Hotel in Russell
Price Range: £59 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Motel Russell 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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 
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