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Rainbow International Hotel
Ranked #53 of 88 Hotels in Torquay
Kettering, United Kingdom
1 review
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“A pleasant surprise”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was a 4 night Turkey and Tinsel break booked direct with the hotel and great value for money. Yes, the rooms are dated but they were clean and warm and the water was always hot so no complaints. We were on the 5th floor overlooking the tennis courts and it was very quiet. Ample food, always hot and the kitchen staff derve a pat on the back for the varied menu. Entertainment okay and the pool is recommended. So many places worth a visit - Brixham, Dartmouth etc, we never get tired of Torbay and will definitely be back to the Rainbow. Easy car parking and buses a short walk away, thank you The Rainbow for a very enjoyable break.

Room Tip: Requested a quiet room high up and this is exactly what we got.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Roger H, Operations Director at Rainbow International Hotel, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. All feedback is very important to us.

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us, and would love to welcome you back at the Rainbow in the near future.
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Stayed at the rainbow hotel for turkey and tinsel weekend. Overall the experience was average.
Rooms were very dated but spacious (get what you pay for). We stayed on the 4th floor with no lift access for disabled members of our party, which made things very difficult.
Entertainment was average and very very disappointed that as it was a turkey and tinsel weekend, which is expected to have New Year's Eve on the last evening, we were told there will not be any entertainment. When we asked for management to ask why, we were told there was no management around on a Sunday and that's probably why we had no entertainment which was very frustrating. On the morning of our departure help was requested from staff to take bags out to the coach as they were disabled but was told they would help bring them to the reception but would not help us to the coach.
However, I would like to say how amazing the kitchen staff were, they were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Food was exseptional. Unfortunately I would not stay again off turkey and tinsel. there was nothing festive about the experience apart from the decorations. It was lucky that I was in excellent company.
Best part of the hotel were the kitchen staff.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Porthleven, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

just returned from 3day break ,,with uk breakaways self drive ,,good hotel,,dated décor but the staff are so good ,rooms warm and clean all you need ,well equipped,,, towels coffee tea etc in room ,,tv good ,entertainment in lovely club,,,and food lovely plenty tasty choices ,,we had room 301 ,,next time I would like to request 4floor as we have twice been on 3rd floor,,but overall no problems ,,car parking easy ,,little walk into town ,,great value well done statt at RAINBOW thank you ..

Room Tip: we had room 301 was very good ,,double and single bed ,,well equipped ,,lovely bathroom,,really war...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

We recently stayed here on a 4 night break, self drive, through Travelstyle holidays, we'd originally been booked for another hotel which had sea views but the booking was changed because of problems at the original hotel, we are so pleased we were offered this instead, the staff were extremely friendly & couldn't have done more for the guests, the food was brilliant, a lovely carvery each night or you could choose the meat, fish or veggy special each night, the breakfasts were also llovely, being self service you could help yourself to as much or as little as you liked, the only extra thing we'd have liked is mushrooms but that's just us being greedy.......
Our double room, on the 4th floor, (one floor above reception, dining room, lounge etc) was large enough, the bathroom a good size, with a bath, not just a shower, the water was hot & the room nice & warm, if you needed new towels you just needed to leave the used ones in the bath & the cleaner would change them, the room was dated but clean, with a supervisor coming round checking the cleaning, there is a lift with a few steps up to the floor, although we tended to use the main stairs, as the lift is limited to no more than 3 people at a time
The hotel is just a short walk from the beach and the town centre, we also drove in to Paignton, Brixham & the unmissable Trago Mills shopping complex near Newton Abbot,
all in all we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel, we would definitely go there again

Room Tip: The rooms at the back look over gardens, much nicer than overlooking the busy road at the front
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We only went because the Sneakers were playing all weekend so did not know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. Rooms were dated but quite big and well equipped and the food was excellent with plenty of choice.There was no scammbled egg for breakfast but were told just to ask at the counter and it was got for us. Staff were all friendly and helpful especially in the restaurant. The swimming pool was lovely, warm and clean and not too deep. There was plenty of room for the entertainment and the acoustics were great. It felt like one big party every night. Will definitely go again. Dave & Sue & friends.

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Roger H, Operations Director at Rainbow International Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
We are very happy you had such a lovely time with us.
The Sneakers weekends are very popular & provide such a great atmosphere.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Due to the popularity of the event, the Sneakers are booked with us again in May & November 2014!
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Had a great weekend with Sneakers Band at The Rainbow ,the staff were all kind and helpful, hope to return next year, don't believe some of the bad comments put on here,the food was lovely and plentiful,Great value for Money....cant wait to go back.....Keith, Shirley ,Cliff & Ann

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Roger H, Operations Director at Rainbow International Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again when the Sneakers return in May & November!
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Radstock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed here for our 1st wedding anniversary weekend, this was a Tinsel and Turkey break with The Sneakers Band. Our greeting was warm and friendly my needs as a disabled guest were met fully.Food and variety available was absolutely great at the self service buffet. The staff in the dinning room were very efficient and quick to clear away plates etc.
The management even sent a bottle of Complimentary Bubbly to our room for us to enjoy. Thank you for making our stay so memorable. We are coming back again in May.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Roger H, Operations Director at Rainbow International Hotel, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review.
We are very happy that you enjoyed your Anniversary weekend with us.
The Sneakers weekend was very enjoyable for everyone involved & we are happy to say that they will be back with us in May & November. We hope to see you then!
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Property: Rainbow International Hotel
Address: Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > English Riviera > Torquay
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #53 of 88 Hotels in Torquay
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Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow International Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 139
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