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Cairns Rainbow Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I booked a double room for myself and my partner after seeing the amazing pictures online. We arrived to the receptionist saying quite abruptly that I have given her the wrong card details on the telephone when I read them straight from the card so the error was actually on the receptionists behalf. We then went to the room........I honestly don't know how rainbow are allowed to advertise their establishment with the pictures they have....the rooms are dirty and not at all welcoming. It felt like we were sitting in an office with a bed shoved in the corner. The morning after a not so nice sleep due to noise we checked out immediately to move to another hotel. We also did not appreciate a weird guy constantly trying to look through our window to try and watch us getting changed. When I reported this to reception they say they knew who the guy was and just laughed it off. Overall a shocking experience....wouldn't go back from you paid me.

Just stayed here this week had a lovely time here room was good stuff very friendly girls in the bar very friendly and made u feel very welcome definitely stay here again, it is very central to town about a 15 min walk

Grotty rooms nothing like those on the web site, he photos of which are from another era. Staff friendly, but we felt unsafe at night as anyone can enter the campus, which was noisy from other resident all night. The the locks on rooms inadequate and the room had a rusty safe that was not usable. Also a rusty fridge. Intended to stay longer but left after first night. There are a lot of other options in Cairns, I advise you to choose one.

We stayed there twice. One night on arrival (Unit 80) which was very good, even though directly next to and above the pub and restaurant. The second stay, for two nights (unit 26) was less successful. Noisy during the night with some sort of festivities going on in various places around the resort. The front of the motel is like a tunnel and noise seem to greatly amplify here. Many folks staying here are well to do financially. they can afford to chain smoke and drink copious amount of the amber liquid.which made it a bit difficult to negotiate a way past these smokers without copping a lung full or two at their expense. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Will I stay there again? Perhaps not!

Such good price, good rooms, friendly people and the bar has $4 happy hour drinks! You can't go wrong, so much better than any hostel or hotel around!!!! A must stay Can't go wrong! If you need a night or even a few you know where to stay!

this IS A BUDGET motel , with the best internet service ever ! as a business traveller working for ones self, a clean bed good AC and clean loo with a very good internet connect is all that you need, why pay 180 plus just to stop over ! I'd give the place another go

This is my second stay at this hotel in a week. On both occasions the television does not work, says "no signal". Unable to sleep first night as late night revellers around the pool til 2am. 2nd stay, the after hours arrival call button did not work. Travelling alone I did not feel safe repeatedly ringing the call button late at night.. Had to telephone to finally get assistance. The power point for the air conditioner is falling off-did not want to risk electrocution so no air con. Mirror in bathroom rusted through. Torn curtains. Disappointed as I booked through Qantas. Will get them to remove this dump from their site.

We absolutely loved here!!! We loved it so much that we extended our stay!!! The staff were so nice and friendly. Our room included all the facilities we needed plus it included great wifi!!!! The location was perfect for us with a 10/15min walk to the esplanade and town. We would highly recommend it and would happily stay again!!!

Great breakfast good service and value for money ..nice experience not the usual bland same old motel package . great pool n lovely staff ..convenient location very close to the city shops s ect

We stayed at this hotel in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for one week and every time it was amazing experience that's why we always come back with my husband to this place once a year for a holiday !! It's not expensive and beautiful, so you can travel to nearest islands and Great Barrier Reef for the whole day and come back to the nice hotel after. They cook tasty breakfast for just $7 !! They have bar near by the pool with happy hour. Wi-Fi is so fast and free !! Pool is beautiful and they have a nice spa as well!!! We stayed in pool room with easy access to the pool and enjoyed it !! Room is clean and cleaning was every day !!!You can book tour from the reception !!! Also, they have really nice staff !! Thank you for our beautiful holiday !! We will see you in 2018 :)

179 Sheridan Street Cairns North QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Located in Cairns within 2 miles (3 km) of Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens, Cairns Rainbow Resort is within a few miles (5 km) of other popular sights such as Mount Whitfield Conservation Park. This 86-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in central Cairns North and also a short walk from Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and Cairns Civic Theatre.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Start each morning with continental breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM.


All 86 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, coffee makers, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Rooms also include desks.

Property features

At Cairns Rainbow Resort, guests have access to an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a computer station, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Standard Room (Queen and 2 Singles)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Resort Queen and 2 Singles Pool View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Deluxe Double or Twin Room, Pool View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

33% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 189 reviews