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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 8 June 2015

We booked a cottage at Russell cottages this weekend and although I hadn't stayed in many years I was just as impressed as the first time. Russell cottages really are 5 star accommodation. The furnishings are of high quality and very comfortable. Duck down bedding, roaring gas open fire place, flat-screen with SKY, not to mention a full dining table...

Thank Mrs_SkyWalker
Reviewed 27 May 2015

We stayed here over the Easter weekend and had an amazing time. The cottages are clean, beautifully furnished and have everything you would need. It is a quick two minute walk down to the ferry/ restaurants so very convenient location. We would recommend Russell Cottages for anybody looking to stay in the Bay of Islands. It was just the two...

1Thank NattyMicheleP
Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

Stayed in No. 7. - A 4 bedroom house within the complex. Only used two bedrooms, others were closed off. Very clean and tidy. Very spacious. Very private considering proximity to other cottages. A very short walk to the Duke of Marlborough hotel for a great evening meal.

Thank RiversideRetreat
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for taking the time to post this review. The cottages are unique in that they have been built to preserve the style of old colonial architecture while providing Guests with all the modern conveniences of a 5-Star property. Therefore, you enjoy the spaciousness of all the living and outdoor areas whether you are utilising the cottage...

Reviewed 19 April 2015

The accommodation is a short walk from the foot passenger ferry and the village centre. Easy to walk with suitcases. I was on my own with 2 young children and we arrived after the reception had closed. This was no problem as key and information was left for me. The cottage was beautiful, had a garden and was very well...

1Thank wjs1968
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for your comments. I totally agree with you, Russell is a lovely town, full of character and surrounding natural beauty. With the northern and southern shores only 10 minutes walk apart and, with many historical properties within the town centre, there is much for people to enjoy. The Russell Cottages of course is right in the...

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Stayed in a 3 bedroom cottage and one thing we noticed was that perhaps the foundation in our particular cottage was starting to un-level. Noticeable enough when standing and when placing cylindrical things on the floor - would roll to one side. Not a huge deal so long as building meets safety standards! (perhaps it has been remediated by now!)....

Thank mkay604
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for your comments, we are thrilled when Guests enjoy their stay sufficiently to recommend the property to others. Management and Staff on site are always happy to oblige with Guest requests and, they maintain a high standard of presentation around the property for us. Russell really is a place where you can relax, there is no...

Reviewed 21 March 2015

We recently had a family holiday at russell cottages and we extremely disappointed with our stay as it was totally unsuitable for our young child. The apartments do not have any air conditioning for the warmer weather and to cool the apartment down you need to have the windows and doors open. However the windows and doors do not have...

2Thank 32Erin
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy this lovely property which continues to be enjoyed by hundreds of families with young children every year, many who continue to return anually. In fact this properrty is rated Northland's Number 1 Family destination and Number 8 NZ wide. The cottages, while built in colonial style, is modern and meets all regulatory...

Reviewed 21 February 2015

Clean, friendly and well-run from everything we saw. We only stayed for two nights but could definitely have extended our stay. Well-located, spacious and well laid out. We had a few questions and (arguably) fussy requests which the concierge was very happy to deal with for us. The area is just fantastic - with the sleepy relaxed village of Russell...

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Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Russell is a lovely village in the bay of islands, at Russell cottages are a great place to stay We arrived late after driving from Auckland, and the reception was closed, and the room key was left in an envelope We booked a one bed cottage, and hot a 4 bed, however the three upstairs bedrooms were locked. The cottage...

1Thank Ascot_Flyer
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer I'm pleassed that you enjoyed your stay at Russell Cottages and I do hope we see you again in the future. I'm happy to inform you that we've listened to our Guests and made WiFi access FREE of charge. If you visit again, please call me direct and I will discuss a special deal for you. Kind Regards,...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 9 February 2015

The Russell Cottages were the perfect place to stay, good amenities (small pool & Jacuzzi), walk to the strip with restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries. The 4 bedroom was great with 1 king on the main floor with an attached bathroom, 2 queen rooms upstairs + 1 room with 2 twins. There are also 2 bathrooms on the top floor....

Thank Shelliu
socmed, General Manager at Russell Cottages, responded to this review

Dear Shelliu Thank you for writing this review. We are very proud of the cottages and look forward to comments that offer information which bring about change and improvement. I'm pleased to inform you that we will be installing air-conditioning in all cottages this year. That will make our Guests just that much more comfortable this summer. Winter warming has...

Reviewed 25 January 2015

My cottage was very spacious, kitchen well appointed, huge bed (2 king singles pushed together) and was a five min walk from the Russel ferry. The concierge/receptionist was very friendly and helpful. On the negative side, the plug in the bathroom vanity stuck every time it was used, the bathroom/laundry/ access was badly designed and very cramped, the door from...

Thank CMD-sydney

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  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Dry Cleaning
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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 

Additional Information about Russell Cottages

Address: 16 Chapel Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Price Range: $136 - $858 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Russell Cottages 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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Russell Cottages Hotel Russell
Russell Cottages New Zealand - Bay Of Islands
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#2 Family Hotel in Russell
#2 Luxury Hotel in Russell
#3 Romantic Hotel in Russell
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“If a family with young children, maybe by the pool cottage.”
 of 5 bubbles sharonbaby, 10 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Do not choose cottage 8.”
 of 5 bubbles debbiedale1361, 18 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are similar and nice”
 of 5 bubbles tcuskely, 2 May 2016 | Read review
“Away from the main street is best.”
 of 5 bubbles fmichael, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Rooms close to the pool and playground are perfect for families trekking back and forth to get things from rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles Smithfamfun, 14 Jan 2016 | Read review
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