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Rainbow Inn

3.0 of 5 179 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outside looks great but rooms way below par. No table, only 1 chair, no smoke alarms or water sprinklers. Only one set of plates and cutlery and when I asked for another setting I was told this was normal. The worst motel I have ever stayed in. Sign says Resort, but only a 3 star motel room. Won't be back

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Have just left this very friendly motel, it's location to the town centre is great making walking to and from most places of interest easy. The motel it's self was being upgraded whilst we were there. The rooms were large and airy with both air con and ceiling fan. Our room had hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The pool... More 

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City_Sheridan_Hotel, Manager at Rainbow Inn, responded to this review

Hello, We thank you very much for your review. From all the staff here at the Cairns Rainbow Resort, we very much appreciate your kind words. Having a good review shows that our upgrades and new vision is paying off. Over the past few months we have done a large amount of upgrades throughout the property and look forward to... More 

Perth, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Poor quality motel. I feel terrible writing this review because it is someone's business but I also feel obligated to share our truthful experience and hope the owners can make the necessary improvements. I went online to write a review and couldn't find this hotel by the name I actually booked via booking.com They also use another name "Cairns Rainbow... More 

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City_Sheridan_Hotel, Manager at Rainbow Inn, responded to this review

Hello, We thank you for taking your time in sharing your experience staying at the resort. I very much apologize for the issues that you where faced with especially with an early checkin of 4am. I have taken notes of some of the concerns and will be doing what i can to make sure these problems do not happen again.... More 

Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Our room was clean, reasonably sized, fairly comfortable, with a good view and easy access to the pool (which appears to be the main feature at this property). My daughter and I arrived early, around noon, after dropping off our camper-van, and were expecting to have to store our luggage at reception and return later for check-in. However, the receptionist... More 

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City_Sheridan_Hotel, Manager at Rainbow Inn, responded to this review

Hello, We are all very happy to hear that you had a good time staying at the resort. We are always continually looking at ways to try best serve our guests and gaining feedback from our guests is very important to us. Your right with the pool area been the main attraction as it is large in size and surrounded... More 

Delft, The Netherlands
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the Aspect Central and have been advised to try out the Rainbow Inn for its early breakfast. It was a very pleasant surprise. We were welcomed by the chef who was very friendly, took our orders and brought us a delicious breakfast together with a very cheerful mood. If you are in Cairns between the airport... More 

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27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If you're looking for somewhere basic but comfortable then this place will be just fine. About a 15-20 minute walk I to town do not too far. Rooms are basic but fine if most of the time you're just there for sleeping like we were. Rooms were serviced daily with fresh towels provided. The pool area was nice and there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The resort that isn't really a resort was good value for money if all you need from your accommodation is somewhere to sleep. The Pool View room we stayed in was clean and serviced daily. The bathroom and air conditioner desperately need updating but worked all the same. We had to hold the shower nozzle up to shower but as... More 

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Cow Bay, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Many many thanks to Claudette and her excellent staff for the wonderful setting and accomadation provided for my recent birthday celebrations My entire family from all over Australia descended on Cairns and stayed at the Rainbow Inn for three to four nights. Would recommend to all. Well done Rainbow a joyous occasion made even more memorable through the efforts of... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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40 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Let me say from the off that if you were kept awake by guys playing guitars and singing outside the bar until late, I was part of that crowd and I had a blast. Apart from my new friends and I, it was quiet. Enjoyed my time here, with good reception, an OK restaurant and the pool looked great, although... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Booked because of low price. Friendly service in front office, bar and restuarant, great chef, spectacular central pool and spa,0pool, rooms fine especially by pool.Would recommend. We have paid two to three as much for a lot less.

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Address: 179 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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Also Known As:
Rainbow Hotel Cairns
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Cairns

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