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“Home Away From Home in quaint Russell” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Russell Cottages
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Russell
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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Home Away From Home in quaint Russell”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

We stayed here for four nights, at last minute after our resort location in Paihia fell through. We asked for a 2-person rate and paid $150 per night, they closed off the second level and we did not pay for any room services. Great value. We stayed in house #12 and would recommend it.

The cottages were located close to town (everything is within a stone's throw), the gardens are nicely maintained. We did not use the pool onsite but it looked clean and open at all hours.

It might be worth noting that the furniture and floorings are very nice although there are signs of some wear and tear so there are some imperfections but to me this adds to the character and so did not bother us at all.

There was a full kitchen and laundry facilities (washer and dryer), clothes horse for drying clothes outside and plenty of tea as well as a small milk when we arrived. (I think the only thing we didn't have in the building was kitchen towels).

Russell is quaint and much nicer than Paihia. Russell cottages is a great location and option for accommodation if you like self-catering.

Room Tip: We recommend #12
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bellevue, Washington
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34 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014

We stayed three nights in one of the well-appointed cottages. We were two couples in a three bedroom cottage (one of the bedrooms was closed off). We had two decent sized bedrooms upstairs along with two bathrooms, one ensuite. There was another half bath downstairs and a laundry room which was most helpful. The great room consists of a large kitchen with all the necessary gadgets, a dining area, and a lovely living room with a flat screen TV. There is a covered porch outside with table and chairs. Our cost was $NZ225/couple/night which was reasonable for these accommodations. The pool and hot tub were extra bonuses because we found the bay water quite chilly. The cottages are only a couple of blocks from the water, and this distance makes them very quiet.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SusanI297
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Sydney, Australia
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139 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Stayed a few nights and this was a lovely place to stay, very central to everything in Russell, great place if you want your own independence to cook for yourself, cottage also has laundry facilities as well. Very spacious, our cottage had a nice little deck to be able to sit outside as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Binny111
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london
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

This has to be the best place I've ever stayed. There were only 2 of us but we wanted desperate bedrooms so we stayed in a 4 bedroom house. It was so large. Right next to the pool. Very modern and great location. I can not rate this place any higher.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed here for two nights during the off peak season and it was lovely. The cottages themselves are great as they have everything you will need and are finished to a high standard. There is a pool also but we forgot our togs so can't comment on that. The accommodation is a very short walk to town so great location but also nice and peaceful. I would recommend this place, it is worth the extra cash.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Stayed for 5 nights over new year. Fantastic location for a family etc. easy walk to the middle of town and restaurants etc. very nice 4 bedroom unit. Great pool and facilities. Very nice people running the place. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

We stayed here only one night on a road trip through Northland. Russell as a town is much nicer than Paihia and would recommended it as a Bay of Island option. We stayed here as a couple in a large cottage. I can see how this would be perfect for large groups or families. It was only a short walk into the restaurants and attractions in town. The only comments would be that we could have used an additional blanket and the wifi was overpriced. Otherwise, very pleasant.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Russell Cottages

Property: Russell Cottages
Address: 16 Chapel Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#2 Family Hotel in Russell
#3 Romantic Hotel in Russell
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Russell Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built from traditional timber weather board, the three and four bedroom cottages have solid timber floors, raked timber ceilings and are fully appointed to a very high standard. Sold as 1 & 2 bedroom cottages as well as 3 & 4 bedroom, Russell Cottages has accommodation to suit all, from couples and honeymooners to families and groups, up to 8 can sleep in one cottage. Space to work, to entertain, to relax, and to host family and friends. ... more   less 
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