Motel Russell
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Motel Russell

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4.5
#1 of 3 motels in Russell
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
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
Boating
Fishing
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Car park
Fence around pool
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Blackout curtains
Housekeeping
Seating area
Sofa
Private bathrooms
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Modern
Languages Spoken
English

Location

16 Matauwhi Road, Russell 0202 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 78 out of 100
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Kerikeri Airport
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Whangarei Airport
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Tanya wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
22 of our team stayed at the Motel Russell 5th December to 6th December 2020 as we had a work function in Russell. The proprietors Wendy and James just could not do enough for us. Due to our group, they also gave us an early check in and a late check out. The Motel is spotless and the rooms large, we all stayed in different size rooms from one queen bed to two bedroom units. They also have a fantastic pool area which they allowed us to hold our after function drinks. Truly they could not do enough for us. If you are looking for really well priced accommodation with fantastic service i would so recommend Motel Russell. The Motel is about a five minute walk from the town centre, but we were all happy to just stay at the hotel and given the chance would stay there again. Highly Recommended
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Bins F wrote a review Jan 2020
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for one night on our way up North, I have never had as good as service anywhere and I have stayed in lots of hotels across NZ and the world! The rooms were late due to unforeseen circumstances but they gave us a box of chocolates to apologise, their gorgeous puppy was the highlight for the kids, and I was able (with amazing help from them) to wash and dry all our holiday washing.
A lovely family run business. We would def come back.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sarah Kavanagh wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have had another AMAZING experience at Motel Russell and will be back next year for sure! James, Wendy and Linda are the most amazing hosts and absolutely make Motel Russell the place to stay when we head to Northland! The motel is cleaned to an exceptional standard, the pool and BBQ area is amazing and so relaxing and the hosts could not be more accomodating. It’s just a short, flat walk to the centre of Russell for dining out and perfectly positioned for a night at Russell Boating Club at the end of the road. Highly recommend - the best kept secret in Northland!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Henley Family wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 with family
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NZ-john2 wrote a review Jan 2020
New Zealand161 contributions131 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Motel Russell is conveniently located on the main road into Russell. Despite it being on the main road, it is very quiet. A mere five minute walk from the centre of town makes it the perfect location to stay.
Its friendly owners are welcoming and proud of their achievements since taking ownership of the property.
The room we stayed in was modern and comfortable with a VERY comfortable bed.
The swimming pool is nice and the grounds well kept.
We'll most certainly be back.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reynard1 wrote a review May 2022
Auckland, New Zealand291 contributions135 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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freedreamz wrote a review Jul 2022
Whakamaru, New Zealand170 contributions31 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Long overdue for an update. For a family 2 bedroom unit, it’s small and cramped, there was barely any room between beds in single bedroom and the double room was much the same, the only heating was 3 small heaters, the lounge area was very cramped. Description of units is very misleading,
The manager / owner was nice and accommodating with heating the room and lights on with us arriving late, and saying hi when we did arrive. For less money you get a way better 2 bed apartment in paihia.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Happy travellers wrote a review Jun 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a very comfortable well equipped unit which had been refurbished in the last 12 months. Very friendly and helpful motelier and great location within 5 minutes walk from town. Quiet and secluded with a nice pool.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen F wrote a review Jan 2022
Whangarei, New Zealand234 contributions69 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Downstairs rooms have a patio and deck, but hear all the noise from the units above.
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Global32386979683 wrote a review Mar 2024
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Now called The Captain's Motel. Really good value and very clean and crisp. Decor is lovely and bedding, towels etc were excellent. The 2 bedroom accomoatuon was very roomy for 4 females and all of our luggage. Highly recommend this as a place to stay. Wish it had been warmer so we could have enjoyed thd beautiful and lush pool area.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Karen F wrote a tip Jan 2022
Whangarei, New Zealand234 contributions69 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Downstairs rooms have a patio and deck, but hear all the noise from the units above."
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RobynA19 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unit 1 is great, 2 bedrooms, newly decorated and your own little deck"
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JUPANDMUP wrote a tip Feb 2019
Auckland, New Zealand230 contributions105 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Inspect room first"
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Ian S wrote a tip Dec 2017
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The staff are willing to help if you let them know your needs."
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Sarahbiggs22 wrote a tip Nov 2017
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom17 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms are all excellent"
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PRICE RANGE
$175 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandNorth IslandNorthland RegionBay of IslandsRussell
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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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 Osteria & Enoteca, 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 Pompallier Mission and Printery (0.3 km), Waitangi Treaty Grounds (4.0 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.
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