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Duke of Marlborough Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Dropped into the Duke of Marlborough for lunch having taken the ferry from Opua. The Duke of Marlborough stands out as the building and interior are beautiful with a really interesting history.
Lunch was excellent and recommended by many people

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

On our journey through the North Island we stayed over in the very picturesque town of Russel.
Looking to eat that night we saw the Duke of Marlborough. Head of house found us the one remaining table for two. Looking at the menu we could see we were in for a treat the picture says it all the most delicious pork dish which I would give 5* all beautifully cooked local ingredients washed down with a glass of local wine. Relaxing atmospheric and wonderful Hospitality go there but book we were very lucky to get a seat an hour in it was completely full

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank K B H
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Great spot for lunch dinner or just a drink. The oldest licensed Hotel in NZ.
Has a great offering of seafood and drinks in the ideal location right on the waterfront of Russel Harbour. The old capital of NZ this hotel has heaps of charm and a good vibe food is good and wine and beer are cheap. Well worth the visit if you are up in the bay of islands. Go for the oysters and the pippies brilliant.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Quick little trip across the Bay to Russell...lovely eclectic selection of heritage houses/ Restaurants & craft market in hall (bought a few little things here) with the cherry on top being the amazing Duke of Marlborough Hotel operating legally since 1840...Russell was formally known as”Hell Hole” due to its dubious past...was a great day ...finished off with a delicious lunch at The Duke ...

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Just hearing the story of this hotel made me want to stay in it. In retrospective I would rather go in for a drink than stay in it full time. While there are no ghosts, I do feel like it is a little overpriced and the service was not as friendly as in other places we went to in New Zealand.

Breakfast is normally not includes, while it does look better than the pictures I saw online it is also on the expensive side as you will have to pay extra for drinks.

I would recommend this more for a special occasion than for a normal or even budget traveller.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor with sea view have a balcony (not separated) that is perfect for having a g...
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Russell
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Russell
Price Range: $121 - $367 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Duke of Marlborough Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Duke of Marlborough has been Refreshing Rascals and Reprobates since 1827 and holds New Zealand’s first liquor license. The Duke, as it is affectionately known is located on the waterfront in the picturesque village of Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands and is a great place to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends or simply enjoy the moment. With easy access to an exciting array of activities or sipping a glass of wine on our balcony there is plenty to see or do. There are three levels of accommodation our waterfront rooms with views across the water to Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia, bigger family rooms when you need extra space or our convenient standard rooms. All rooms have their own en-suites, Sky TV, wifi accessibility and tea and coffee making facilities. With an award winning chef and restaurant manager the restaurant at The Duke focuses on a menu packed with fresh seasonal Northland produce. The bar has an extensive list of New Zealand wines and beers – something for everyone to enjoy while watching the sunset. ... more   less 
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