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Rainbow Inn

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   179 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #60 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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  • Location
    3 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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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service good and decent room. Clean and tidy. I'm happy to get back to there and recommend to friends or backpacker. I'm not sure about families. However, I would consider stay not for too long as the mattress where not comfortable. It's a cheap and good option for a couple of days.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Dingy little place with a backpacker feel. Service was poor, when I asked for an extra pillow I was abruptly told that there's a spare in the cupboard. I had to explain than it wasn't just me in the room. It was such massive effort to get one!! Air con was broken, spa was broken. Rude staff who didn't acknowledge... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

for a budget hotel rooms were large clean tidy with most extras avail friendly staff and mostly quiet at night. on site restaurant was a plus and a good chef. close to town shopping and transport. would definately stay there again.

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Buderim, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was really concerned when we pulled up and went into reception, we were greated with a gentleman that appeared to be just out of hospital with bandages and iv cords hanging from him, he was wanting to cancel the nights accommodation as he was going thru a rough time etc and I was feeling a little uncomfortable when another... More

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Cairns, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Loved this place purely because it had great character, charm and very friendly staff who couldn't do enough to help us be comfortable. The rooms while older still had great facilities and just a few blocks from the Esplanade and night spots I thought the $100 per night was extremely well priced. Our friends stayed at a different place for... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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43 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

First of all I think that a lot of the reviews posted about this place are purely written for entertainment value, and i doubt if some of the stories told actually ever happened. I got a good laugh from reading some of them though. Lets be honest about Rainbow Inn - it's a motel but their website doesn't mention that.... More

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Mudgee, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a pleasant place to stay. An older style motel but it was clean and reasonably priced. There was a small restaurant and bar, which was handy. The pool area was nice. The reception staff were nice and very knowledgeable of the area and transport. Only a 15 minute walk to the centre of Cairns.

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Bowen, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Rooms shabby and small, staff impatient, just horrible, they should turn it into a backpackers, over priced for what you get, be wary of booking online it looks nice in the pictures but it is deceiving it's nothing like it and the prices advertised in their window is much cheaper than what we paid online

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64 hotel reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We arrived and was met with unfriendly staff. We were staying 3 nights and cleaning was done at 4pm by rehanging wet towels from in the bath back up on the towel rail. Ran out of soap and had to ask for more. Internet only worked about 2 hrs of the whole time. The facilities are very run down, however... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights as we needed a reasonable price room whilst we went on a full day trip to the reef. A little apprehensive when we read some of the reviews but could not have been happier with our choice. Rooms are on the old side but we found our room very comfortable, clean and nicely positioned just metres... More

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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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