The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

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Waterfront Room | Balcony
Superior King Balcony | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access
Premium Room Seaview | Iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets, wheelchair access

Overview of The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

4.5-star property
Luxury hotel with restaurant, near Russell Beach

9.0/10 Superb

530 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
35 The Strand, Bay of Islands, Russell, 0255
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Fitness centre
  • Business centre
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Meeting room
  • Wedding services
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Fridge
  • Private bathroom
  • Cable/satellite TV service
  • Garden
  • Daily housekeeping

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the waterfront
  • Bay of Islands - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Kerikeri (KKE-Bay of Islands) - 54 min drive

About this property

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

4.5-star luxury hotel by the sea, rejuvenated in 2018
You can look forward to a garden, a bar and a fitness centre at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel. The on-site local cuisine restaurant, Duke of Marlborough, features ocean views and a beachfront restaurant. Free in-room WiFi and a business centre are available to all guests.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • Free self-parking
  • A front desk safe, a lift and smoke-free property
  • A 24-hour front desk, tour/ticket information and wedding services
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the helpful staff and location
Room features
All guest rooms at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel have comforts, such as climate-controlled air conditioning, as well as
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with free toiletries and hairdryers
  • Plasma TVs with cable channels
  • Fridges, heating and daily housekeeping



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 38 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM until 9 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, uncovered on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited (max. 1 space per unit)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge

Travelling with children

  • Children stay free
  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services


  • Built in 1827
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre


  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Grab bar near toilet


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • IPod docking station
  • Plasma television
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Duke of Marlborough – This beachfront restaurant specialises in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds, rollaway/extra beds and high chair


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.

Also known as

Duke Marlborough Hotel
Duke Marlborough Hotel Russell
Duke Marlborough Russell
The Duke Of Marlborough
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel Hotel
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel Russell
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel Hotel Russell

Frequently asked questions

Does The Duke of Marlborough Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Duke of Marlborough Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
As of 4 Oct 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel on 4 Nov 2022 start from $65, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Are pets allowed at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
You can check in from 3 PM - 9 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at The Duke of Marlborough Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as cycling, boat tours and fishing, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Enjoy amenities such as a fitness centre and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Duke of Marlborough Hotel?
Yes, Duke of Marlborough offers al fresco dining, local cuisine and ocean views. Nearby restaurants include The York Street Cafe (3-min walk), Alfresco's (9.5 mi) and El Cafe (9.6 mi).
What's the area around The Duke of Marlborough Hotel like?
The Duke of Marlborough Hotel is located near Russell Beach, only a short 1-minute walk from Bay of Islands and 2 minutes' walk from Diggers Restaurant. Travellers give top marks for the hotel's prime location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



10/10 Exceptional

WENDY, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Beautiful hotel. Upon check in, receptionist was busy talking to other guest and I did not feel welcome. All other staff were very friendly and respectful. Our room was downstairs with an uncovered balcony right next to guest path so was not private at all. Might help to state in room description as there seemed to be just that one room in that location.
Poonam, 3-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

We love staying in the adjacent Duke of Marlborough bungalow as there is the added privacy with your own lounge, kitchen and dining area both inside and outside and the view out over the bay is magnificent. The convenience of being able to walk everywhere and then getting onto the ferry to go across to Paihia is an added bonus. It was an awesome way to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!!!
roger, 3-night romance trip
Verified Wotif guest review

8/10 Very good

Beautiful historic building and amazing position.
Christine, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Michael, 1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Amazing place to stay. Gotta love the Duke and Russell
Darren, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Excellent property, with friendly helpful staff. Highly recommend
Rodney, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Really enjoyed the comfort
Christine, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

ease of check in
Jean, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Everything was wonderful
Alan, 1-night romance trip
Verified Wotif guest review