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“nice hotel in quiet place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort

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Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Tanjung Bungah
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“nice hotel in quiet place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

this hotel is in the tanjung bungah area , half way between georgetown and the main tourist beach of ferringhi, so its a quiet part , but only a short distance from the city of georgetown, for shopping ( check out "gama" dept store for bargains) and exploring, the hotel had many attractions and events , but i found the staff to be some of the friendliest i have encountered over many years of travelling,facilities were clean and well maintained,i will one day return and stay here again i,m sure, hope you enjoy it like i did , ...john ..

Room Tip: my room was on the 17th floor so the view was excellent from the balcony , try for a high floor, the...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

To make the point right in the first line: the hotel is good value for money. For £41 I got a large studio suite, a beautiful view of the beach and the Tanjung Bungah area (from the 21st floor on a large balcony). It is not a luxury resort, but is good quality, clean, and friendly.

The basics:

Location: Tanjung Bungah is one of the beach neighbourhoods in Penang. It is not very pedestrian friendly, but there are restaurants and food courts around the hotel, and you can easily take a bus (101 or 102) from the hotel door, which will take you all the way to the city center (in about 20 minutes), or even the airport (102) - given the traffic in Penang, I would expect that journey to take about 1 day or 2...

Beach: Don't expect any sort of paradise here. The beach is a 500 meters stretch of mostly white sand, shared between this hotel, the nearby Flamingo, and a few houses. The sea is not very inviting. There are signs warning about jellyfish. It feels like what it is: a city beach. Not worse or better than anyone. Clean enough for a quick dip, if you feel like. However, if you subscribe to my theory that any beach is better than no beach, then this will do.

Room: A surprisingly large, clean and comfortable room. Since it is on the 21st floor and has a large balcony overlooking the sea, it feels fresh, and airy. It has a separate "kitchen like" area, except that there are no microwaves, hot plates or anything. So it is kind of useless. There are some other rooms with kitchens, if that interests you.

Service: Very friendly (as it is the case anywhere in Malaysia), and again, as it is the norm here, the standard of English far better than Thailand.

Wi-fi: not in room, but available on the lobby. If you need to work though, the lobby won't do it: it is hot and there are no desks. The solution is to request a ethernet cable and go wired.

Breakfast: Standard asian hotel breakfast: all sorts of noodles, rice, chicken sausage, and the western breads, croissants, omelettes, etc. The service in the restaurant is also very good: one morning I had a conference call that went over the breakfast time, but they went out of their way to bring back part of the already closed buffet just for me. Nice touch.

The "resort": The name resort is the most overused one in the travel industry, and it is no exception here. This is a hotel in front of a so-so beach, with a pool and a couple of restaurants: doesn't really qualify as a resort. But then, who cares? The place actually has a quaint feel of a beach front hotel in Miami circa 1970, with few shops in the basement, an ageing looking pool, and the age of the average guest hitting 100 years.

All in all, I liked the Rainbow. Calling it a "Paradise Beach Resort" is a stretch, but then, if you know that Penang is not a beach paradise place, and that you are paying less than £50 for a very good hotel, you know what you are in for. I highly recommend both Penang and the hotel.

Final tip: This is the second visit to Penang - and the place has grown in just 3 years. Traffic is impossible. Our flight arrived in Penang at 17:30 (rush hour). Easily give yourself 2 hours to navigate from the airport to the hotel. On the way back, our flight left at 10am, so I wanted to be at the airport at 8am. Left the hotel at 7am, barely made there at 8:05 am. So, be prepared: it is a small place with big city traffic (although very civilised).

The taxi from the airport (booked and pre-paid from a booth outside the terminal) is about MYR 55 (£ 13). The taxi from the hotel to the airport (booked by the concierge) is the same price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wodonga, Australia
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

I booked and paid for this hotel more than 7 months ago and on arrival at about 12 noon the receptionist told me that because you are early and that they have an (Zurich)insurance company conference here we can not get into our room untill at least 5.30 pm because thats when the conference finishes and they check out (Note check out time 3.00pm) that they will have to down grade my room. I was disgusted and complained to no avail and I have a child under 2 years old so couldn't wait tht long if it was 3.00 pm maybe.
(I can't believe the recption would even tell me that they had to down grade my room)
Apart the room room was OK but nothing fancey size was good but I don't understand why they have a kitchen with no stove or microwave or plates etc. its a wasted space, would be much better if put in lounge chairs.
Bathroom showing its age clean but not pleasant on the eyes, watch out for the plastic drain on the floor right next door to the toilet where a male stands to go put my foot straight throug and cut the heel of my foot (sore for 2 weeks). Bathroom towels disgusting that old and worn and if you have a child shareing you think they could give an extra towel.
We had the noisest air conditioner woke us up many times.
The wardrobe was falling apart on the draws.
Now for food we had the BBQ buffet at Gaya's beach side bar it was only fair all the salads were bought out about an hour before it started and salads were not that cold and the meat was pre cooked and then later placed on a very low flame on the BBQ not even warmed up, It would have tasted nice if cooked fresh and hot.
The next night we went to Gaya's beach side bar and had a look but didn't like anything on the menu so we decided to go to planters lounge not much of a selection there also but we ordered and then realized it was cooked at gaya's resturant anyway and by the time it got to us it was cold.
Breakfast buffet was not that great scrabled eggs & fried eggs were pre cooked sitting in a cold bowl and more catering for the locals and poor set up it was like cattle in a feed lot.
The best part was the pool area nice and shaded as you can't swim at the beach , I watch one of the locals skimming jelly fish out of the ocean (Lots)
If you like to walk not a good area you can't walk far up the beach, man made obstacles.

Room Tip: Ask for new airconditioner of room
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Been coming to the hotel for more than 10 years and you can never see the hotel improve. Rooms are dirty and ammenities are run down. Services are horrible as most crews are foreigners. Nobody seems to be able to understand hospitality business. Last place on planet you want to be in during your holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Malaysia
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19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I booked the family suite for two days during last christmas. The room was very spacious. Comes with living room and a dinning table plus a mini kitchen. My room was having sea view and it was really clean. In fact the housekeeping were very prompt in attending to your needs. Breakfast was also very good with western combined with local delights. Overall it was a great place and I will surely go again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TC5118
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Chistchurch New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We chose this hotel on reviews and am happy to say we are more impressed than we thought we would be. The staff are so pleasant and accommodating. Maria the ever so friendly, helpful and caring concierge is a god send. Breakfast staff are so lovely and look after you very well. Front desk staff will help to make your stay memorable by attempting at all cost to accomadate your requests. Pool and staff are great with the beach just there also. The complimentary shuttle drivers and bell stall are very pleasant and always have a smile.
We will be back here in July and Paradise will be our home away from home once again.
Thank you Rainbow Paradise and your staff all do a terrific job.

Room Tip: We love the morning sun so even numbered rooms are the morning sun, uneven sunset side.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PaulGracia
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KUL
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

I have being staying in this hotel for 3 times since 2011 and my last visit was last Dec 2012. There are a few reasons why whenever I go to Penang I will choose this hotel. The main reason is every room will face the sea with stunning view.Level 16 and above will be best as the view will not be interupted by another hotel which exactly beside it. Secondly the location which is just nice between the town and Batu Feringghi beach with a bus stand right infront of the hotel. Going in and out to the town is very convenient as there are many buses passing by the hotel and the fare is very cheap. Room wise is spacious with new led tv and full toiletries provided in the bathroom as well the coffee making facilities. The lift is fast enough and overall cleanliness is acceptable. Breakfast is served in local and western menu so there are choices for us. Swimming pool is devided between children and adult and the beach is right infront of the hotel. There. is a person in charged at the pool and we have to be in a proper attire before jumping into the pool.
If you drive to the hotel then the parking is free. Overall this hotel is suitable either for a family vacation or to refresh your sweet memories with your partner and I will be back again.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort
Address: 527 Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah, Penang Island 11200, Malaysia (Formerly Paradise Sandy Beach Resort)
Location: Malaysia > Penang > Penang Island > Tanjung Bungah
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Tanjung Bungah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 315
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Strategically located at Tanjung Bungah, this 4-star resort is just 45minutes away from the Penang International Airport. Its tastefully decorated 315 suites are perfect for business traveller, leisure holiday or family vacation. All suites are fully air-conditioned, equipped with coffee & tea making facilities, hairdryer, IDD Telephone, 32 inch LCD screen TV, WI-FI in the room, mini fridge and in-room safe. Kitchenette facilities are available at cost upon request. The Breeze Cafe and Gaya’s Beach Side Bar & Restaurant, overlooking the sea, offers local & western cuisine, and a fully stocked bar for you to enjoy while you watch the sunset. An array of sea-sports, including parasailing, boat rides and jet skis are also available at the beach front. For the more adventurous who wish to explore the vicinity of the resort, the heritage city of Georgetown is only 20 minutes away, while a host of entertainment and night spots are just 10 minutes away. ... more   less 
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