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16 Matauwhi Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
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#4 of 7 in Russell
Motel Russell is set in an acre of subtropical gardens within a gentle short stroll of Russell Village, beach, wharf, shops, museum and restaurants. It is the ideal accommodation for your Bay of Islands holiday – a place to relax away from the city noises amidst the song of birds. Motel Russell offers clean, affordable accommodation near Russell Village in the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand. We have 15 rooms: studios, 1-bedroom units and 2-bedroom apartments. Motel Russell provides accommodation for families, couples, individuals, weddings, special events and groups. Free WiFi is available to all guests. Relax in our swimming pool and BBQ area. Your friendly, helpful hosts welcome you to Motel Russell - your home away from home.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Car park
Fence around pool
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Reynard1 wrote a review 13 May
Auckland, New Zealand297 contributions112 helpful votes
We booked a King Studio. The room was of a good size. The bathroom was very good and looked like an 'accessible' bathroom. Plenty of room. The bed was large and comfortable. Everything was very clean which is great. Lovely crisp sheets. Small improvements however could make a big difference. Why would anyone still use one ply toilet paper? It just means everyone uses twice as much so no overall savings. No hair dryer or tissues which are pretty much standard these days. 'Penny pinching!' Also the room had a terribly put together table, come bench, come fridge and utility holder. It was a mess. No room for anything and a bit of a disaster DIY I expect. A chair is placed at each which assumes this is a table but no way could fit a plate in front of you. Hardly enough room to serve anything. No sink area which is my view is a significant hygiene issue as it means cups and glasses etc are washed in the bathroom hand basin. Small improvements could make a huge difference. For the price we expected better especially relative to other places where we have been staying.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Karen F wrote a review Jan 2022
Whangarei, New Zealand226 contributions67 helpful votes
The room was clean and had everything we needed e.g. microwave, milk in the fridge, coffee, wine glasses. All credit to James and Wendy for having a folder of local information for us to read. The King sized bed was great and I had a great sleep in it. I liked the two pillows. We appreciated having two fans in the room as it was humid. It was a shame we didn't get to check out the pool.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: Downstairs rooms have a patio and deck, but hear all the noise from the units above.
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ariesnz wrote a review Mar 2021
NZ102 contributions81 helpful votes
Stayed one night here and would have no hesitation to stay again. Thank you James and Wendy for your hospitality. Our room had everything we needed and very handy to shops and restaurants. Closer than we thought :-)
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Date of stay: March 2021
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sidneyChristchurch wrote a review Feb 2021
christchurch92 contributions49 helpful votes
stayed one night,lovely motel wished we could have stayed longer.recommend if staying in Russell will stay here again if ever up this way.would rather stay here than exceptionally clean and right by Pompallier House
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Henley Family wrote a review Jan 2021
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Our family has just had the most incredible week staying at Motel Russell and we cannot recommend the facilities and hosts highly enough! Wendy, James and Linda are AMAZING hosts - unbelievably friendly and helpful, super accommodating to our needs and truly genuine people. The accommodation is warm, quiet and comfortable, and is kept spotlessly clean at all times - as are the rest of the facilities (including a gorgeous pool and BBQ area). It was also brilliant having access to a washing machine and dryer to use while we were away. Located at short, flat walk to all nearby restaurants, shops and the wharf, Motel Russell is ideally situated. It was the perfect family holiday and we will definitely be back for another relaxing week at Motel Russell soon. Thanks once again James, Wendy and Linda - we absolutely loved our time here with you all!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled
US$83 - US$176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsRussell
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motel Russell
Which popular attractions are close to Motel Russell?
Nearby attractions include Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.3 km), Christ Church (0.3 km), and Russell Museum (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Motel Russell?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and an outdoor pool.
Which room amenities are available at Motel Russell?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Motel Russell?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Motel Russell?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Motel Russell?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hone's Garden, The Gables Restaurant, and Butterfish.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Motel Russell?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Is Motel Russell located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Russell.
Are there any historical sites close to Motel Russell?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Waitangi Treaty Grounds (4.2 km), Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.3 km), and Flagstaff Hill (1.2 km).
Is Motel Russell accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.