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38 Long Beach Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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#4 of 22 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Free shuttle or taxi services
Car park
Bar / lounge
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Adults only
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Interconnected rooms available
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
On-demand films
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Luxe Executive Travel wrote a review Jul 2021
Torquay, Australia15 contributions
Donkey Bay Inn is a private secluded home away from home. Each of the 4 luxury guest rooms have balconies looking out onto Donkey Bay and the private naturalist beach. The resort showcases amazing, bright artwork and furniture and each room is decorated with its own unique pieces. It's perfectly situated just 5 minutes from Russell Town Centre, rich in history, featuring New Zealand's oldest operating restaurant. Included in your stay at Donkey Bay Inn is a vintage Rolls Royce with driver for your transfers to and from dinner in town. The heated floors in the main dining, living area are a lovely touch on crisp mornings while you enjoy your coffee and delicious breakfast prepared by your hosts. Everyone is so kind, courteous, welcoming and helpful with any questions about the property, town and its surroundings. It truly was one of the most magical places I have ever stayed at and I will be back again to soak in the spa perched on the cliff edge!
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Private, secluded, best views, beach
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Katie wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions8 helpful votes
We ended a short Northland trip with a two night stay at Donkey Bay Inn. From the direction instructions to the walkway to the beach this is a different place to stay. The setting is special. Quiet and a world away - just what we needed. The welcome and the hospitality is warm, friendly and helpful. The rooms amazing and different. I'd love go back.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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cocopops1971 wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland, New Zealand90 contributions48 helpful votes
We stayed in the Emporer's Suite for 2 nights for an 0 birthday celebratory weekend. Amelia and Brooke are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The Inn itself is eclectically unique in all the right ways - more is definitely more! Go by yourselves and meet new people or book the whole place for 8 of you - you definitely won't be disappointed and there are surprises around every corner :) Already saving up for our next stay. Thanks again for having us.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Joellejag wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Donkey Bay Inn is beyond exceptional and we were fortunate enough to spend two nights here. From the moment you park up and head into the property you will notice how incredible the architecture and exterior/interior design is. It is nothing like I have seen before. Antonio (the Italian owner) really has an eye for design and has put a lot of love into this property. We stayed in the Emperors suite and it had a great flow to it. The staff are super friendly and welcoming. They go out of their way to ensure you have a great stay. Breakfast is served overlooking the bay and a great way to start the day. There was a big variety foods such as fruits, cereals, eggs, avo, antipastos, spreads, juices, teas and coffee so you really were spoilt for choice. Antonio joined us for breakfast both mornings and he is just so sweet! It makes a different staying somewhere where you can connect with the host and get to know them and the property. There is a big history and heartwarming story behind this spot. There is plenty to do here- Walk down to donkey bay whilst checking out the sculptures and crystals Antonio has collected, have a sauna or bath over looking the beach, grab a book from the library and relax in the seated areas, or head into town for some yum food! Donkey Bay also offer a Rolls Royce to dinner as apart of the stay. Talk about royalty! I couldn't imagine anywhere else to spend my birthday. Cannot wait to come back, thank you girls & Antonio xx
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Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: You will be stunned with any room you get.
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ARTOFTRAVEL123 wrote a review Jun 2021
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Warm, inviting, exquisite attention to detail and a story and drama to immerse yourself in the art of luxury and relaxation. Beautifully appointed rooms, luxury bathrooms and a view and private Bay to simply wile away time. The staff relaxed, discreet, so friendly and accomodating, in every way. Sumptuous breakfast and stunning sunrise and sunsets to bathe in the panorama.Generosity towards guests with art and thoughtful gestures to enjoy. Spa and sauna to relax. From all my travels around the world this place beats any hands down. Did I mention the Rolls Royce at your disposal to dine out. Thankyou Thankyou!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Any room is wonderful.
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US$286 - US$609 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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.