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38 Long Beach Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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#4 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Russell
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Operatic, artistic, iconoclast, sensual and enigmatic are just some of the words that have been used to describe The Donkey Bay Inn. As you enter through the intriguing garden tunnel and come out into the inn’s private courtyard, we are sure you’ll find your own words for the unique and wonderful world of Donkey Bay. Fully energy sufficient and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will truly take your breath away with its cavernous rooms, imaginative angles and breath-taking views at every turn. There is only one Donkey Bay Inn...
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Free shuttle or taxi services
Adults only
Baggage storage
Car park
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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Laundry service
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Soundproof rooms
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Interconnected rooms available
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Ocean view
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Penny H wrote a review 23 Feb
4 contributions
Thank you to Donkey Bay and Amelia, Brook and Antonio for making it so Special for us on our 1st Anniversary. Can't believe it is a year ago since our Perfect Wedding on the beach and reception in Donkey Bay with close family and friends. We will be back again, soon.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Stacey B wrote a review Jul 2020
Auckland, New Zealand11 contributions1 helpful vote
Property's Favourite Review
Completely breathtaking! This place is utterly enigmatic with the most friendly welcoming staff. The most amazing continental breakfast and most importantly great coffee. The views were outstanding, the decor the free transfers in the old car, so much to love. We will definitely be back. Donkey Bay you have my heart.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 18 Jul 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely comments about your stay at Donkey Bay Inn, and for taking the time to leave us a review - it is so appreciated. Donkey Bay Inn would not be the same place if it wasn't for the beautiful, warm people that come stay! We wish you all the best, and look forwarding to welcoming you back again soon! Kind Regards & big hugs, Amelia & the team at Donkey Bay Inn xx
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Lilumaro wrote a review 21 Feb
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions17 helpful votes
Lovely stay at Donkey bay inn. Eccentric concept and decor making it a fun and exciting destination. Welcoming staff who made us feel at home and were always happy to help and provide advice on restaurants and activities. Host/owner Antonio really goes the extra mile to meet guests. Stunning views and plenty of space to relax and enjoy our surroundings. All amenities we could wish for. Short walk to a lovely beach. Delicious continental breakfast with option of cooked eggs in the mornings. Best and most luxurious bath I have ever had. Would love to visit again.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
EarnesTaster wrote a review 18 Feb
Auckland Central, New Zealand274 contributions21 helpful votes
One of the greatest hotel experiences in New Zealand, courtesy the Skyfall Suite. This ambitious, ornate “inn“ in the most stunningly vantage location in Russell, overlooking the ocean, is an exclusive experience. The hotel has only four rooms, all with their own baroque personalities. The upper floor “Skyfall Suite“, the largest of all , with commanding views of the ocean and tropical shores from a king-length balcony, snared our attention and boy ! did it live up to expectations. Tariff per night breasted the NZD 1000 mark, but I’ve spent more on some other enjoyment experiences which have not come close to the unique thrilling pampering feel of this exalted suite. The design is lavish and quirky, recalling joints like QT Wellington but DBI is more exclusive, secluded and intimate. A steep private road leads up to the gate which you open by entering a code given beforehand. A gravel path leads to the hotel, inside which you’ll barely see any other people – if you’re the type who likes a buzzing house, you may not dig this. The high-ceilinged sitting areas inside are beautifully done up with that inveigling contrast between the classical and modern. One bonus of the Skyfall Suite is that it has a well-appointed comfy sitting area right outside the room – nobody except the staff will come here as it is up the flight of stairs leading exclusively to your room, so the sense of private luxurious space keeps multiplying. The only area where “space“ seemed an issue was a picture of the DB5 suite whose low sloping ceilings risked the wrong kind of knock-out. Two lovely young ladies attended to us during our stay, starting with a welcome drink on arrival which you can enjoy on that cruise-liner of a balcony, and finishing with arranging our breakfast the next day. The website shows a suited porter carrying your bags inside, but he was a phantom to us. The “ground floor” (set atop a hill) dining area leads to a large deck which spans the length of the hotel, with chairs and tables along the glass balustrade, beyond which there is only the sweeping ocean, enveloping skies and verdant hills on either side – the very best of Russell. The room is jazzily appointed - the Pope honoured at the entrance in an interesting portrait, the door on the inside red-satin-cushioned, a pair of large scarlet hands holding up a glass table, an Arco lamp anchoring the groovy lounge, a work desk in case you wish to sit down and write to the PM suggesting a nice summer retreat. The wood high-ceiling has solid ribs beaming end to end, and the middle of the whale body has a beautiful four-poster bed with the canopy in rainbow colours. The plush beast of a bathroom has a snazzy large tub that looks straight out into the ocean and the same bewitching views are afforded from the shower – I do not think either of us found any curtains anywhere – beyond the glass, there is only ocean and forest and no matter where you are in this room, the floor to ceiling windows give an unparalleled view of nature’s bounty. I just reposed on the large cushions of the bowling-pitch balcony and got repeatedly drunk on the haunting vistas of water, beach and jungle. Legend has it that the great Maori leader Kupe who led the first expedition stood on this very spot transfixed by what he saw and decided to stay back in NZ but I’m not really sure about what I heard and you need to check this out yourself. This SS room takes it to the outrageous next level by the leaving the wall between the bedroom and bathroom-toilet short of touching the ceiling – not all sounds and aromas coming out of the restroom are pleasing to register in the rest of the suite, as you very well know, but this does not seem to have bothered the owner and architect. There is a TV but it has no cable channels – many might say it is not needed in a locale like this , but say you’re a sports buff and by an unexpected series of events a rip-roaring match only for a couple of hours is lined up on the day of your stay but you can’t see it ! All this cost poured into setting up a magnificent room like this but no satellite TV ! If you want to practice paternalism, just surprise me by sending in Monica Bellucci, not by subtracting Sky from Skyfall. Atonements figure in the form of a Rolls Royce which takes you to dinner in town ( there is no on-site restaurant). We thoroughly enjoyed this indulgence, but their usual restaurant recommendation was closed and we had a pretty average meal in the second-choice ‘Gables’ restaurant. Donkey Bay Inn offers a nice breakfast ( included in the room rate) with decent Continental variety, rustled up by the very ladies who are the service staff, although I doubt they will co-operate if management asks them to do the meals as well. The owner met me in the morning in the outdoor lounging areas off the dining space - we had a pleasant if rather tepid confab ( probably he was exhausted after speaking to other guests, or perhaps the coffee he was quaffing was not strong enough). Either way, I am floored by this NZ beaut. It combines modern chic cheek and infinite nature with irresistible luxury. 10/10 = Outstanding. – Upnworld
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: Skyfall Suite
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David6303 wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand20 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoyed 3 nights at Donkey Bay inn and from the moment we were greeted at the door we felt like we were in a hidden hideaway of epic proportions. The lodge is simply stunning and words won't do justice to the beauty, scale, art, and the views. It is just perfect, and somehow combines the luxury and grace of all the design and art with a feeling of simply being 'at home' Amelia, Brooke, Rosa, and Tracey, thank you for looking after us so well, for making amazing breakfasts for us, driving us in the Rolls Royce to dinner, for every little thing you did for us that we may, or may have not seen, you were wonderful happy, attentive hosts. This was a 50th birthday celebration for my wife, and we will never forget the experience of being looked after by the team at Donkey Bay Inn. It is a magical place. I guess the ultimate question is always, 'would you go back' the answer is yes. We booked for August before we left. Thanks DBI - we will see you all soon.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: There are only 4 rooms and each is superb!
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Response from Donkey Bay, General Manager at Donkey Bay Inn
Responded 4 days ago
A very humbling review David! Thank you so much for your positive feedback, we loved having you both stay with us and look forward to seeing you in August. The team at Donkey Bay Inn
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Frequently Asked Questions about Donkey Bay Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (1.2 km), Flagstaff Hill (0.9 km), and Christ Church (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Donkey Bay Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Donkey Bay Inn?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hone's Garden, The Gables Restaurant, and Butterfish.
Is Donkey Bay Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Russell.
Are there any historical sites close to Donkey Bay Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Waitangi Treaty Grounds (4.8 km), Pompallier Mission and Printery (1.2 km), and Flagstaff Hill (0.9 km).
Does Donkey Bay Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.