Rainbow Lodge Guest House in Plymouth


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29 Athenaeum Street, The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2RQ

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Rainbow Lodge Plymouth

'A high standard in all things'

'Thank you for making me feel so welcome'

'Second to none'

'Lovely breakfast, very comfortable bed, thank you for being very helpful'

'Home from home' (many have said this)

'It's not Easter but we were 2 happy little bunnies!'

'Lovely, friendly, clean and welcoming'

'A very lovely introduction to a fascinating city'

'Wonderful - many thanks'

'Wonderful stay'

'Fantastic, couldn't have asked for more'

'Probably the best B&B I have ever stayed in and I've stayed in a few'

Living for the city - exploring central Plymouth

Plymouth is a historic, maritime city that is now the South West's entertainment, nightlife and shopping capital . It is surprisingly compact...Within a circle one mile in diameter lie almost all of Plymouth's must see places â?? the entertainment district, Sutton Harbour, the Barbican, the shopping centre , Hoe Park, Plymouth Sound and all the places where you can hop on a ferry to explore even further.

All of this is at your bid and call once you've checked in to the Rainbow Lodge. We are between the city and the sea - in the perfect place for sightseers, walkers, theatregoers, shoppers, historians, sailors, course delegates, gourmets and everybody else to settle.

A B&B that's close to everything in Plymouth

The Rainbow Lodge is very close to everything in Plymouth that most people want to see and do. Just look at the "magic circle" on the map to see how close everything is to our guest house.

Rainbow Lodge Plymouth

Our location is:

  • A minute's walk from Hoe Park, the spiritual centre of the city with its panoramic view over the beautiful waters of Plymouth Sound
  • Just West of the historic Barbican, now Plymouth's centre of fun and relaxation, Sutton Marina and the National Aquarium
  • Right next to Plymouth's Entertainment district, featuring the World Class Theatre Royal and the stadium of Plymouth Pavilions
  • Just to the South of Devon's best shopping centre and Plymouth University
  • A stone's throw from the Brittany Ferry terminal linking Plymouth with France and Spain, and a little further from the Torpoint and Cremyll ferries linking Plymouth with Cornwall

All Plymouth's top places are within a few minutes' walk of our front door.

Plymouth Hoe, Sutton Harbour and the Barbican

Hoe Park is literally a minute's walk from the Rainbow Lodge and the view over Plymouth Sound from here is simply sublime. We are both sure that Plymouth's soul lies here, which is why huge crowds gather here for events like welcoming the Olympic torch, going to the Armed Forces Day or the National Fireworks Championships. And now the University has its degree celebrations there.

The Hoe's waterfront contains growing number of interesting places to eat and drink: the Wet Wok, one of Plymouth's best Chinese restaurants, the Terrace Cafe Bar and the Coffee Shack, Martimos tapas bar and now Gary Rhodes new restaurant, Rhodes at the Dome.

Passing the Terrace, you are well on the way to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. Here there are the historic buildings and streets of â??fun Plymouth' alongside one of the South West's busiest marinas . The Barbican offers a huge choice of restaurants and pubs, and it's all within easy walking distance of the Rainbow Lodge.

The entertainment and shopping districts

The Theatre Royal is a top class venue for plays, drama, musicals and comedy, whilst the Pavilions is the South West's leading arena for rock concerts, musicals, celebrity comedians and also large scale events like. Even moving at a snail's pace, these are just minutes from Rainbow Lodge.

Just to the East of the Theatre Royal lies Plymouth's substantial shopping centre. Plymouth has always offered plenty to satisfy the serious shopper. But since late 2006 it has a huge new retail hub called Drake Circus to add to the 500 shops already trading in the city's pedestrianised centre.

And if big names like M&S, Primark, House of Fraser and Debenhams are too "brand driven" for you, head for the Barbican with Southside and New Streets being particularly well known for shops the trade in items like jewellery, antiques, clocks, nautical items, used books, old silver, toys, china, paintings and porcelain.

The University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth's campus lies about 8-10 minutes' walk from Rainbow Lodge.

A distinct marine current runs through its "DNA", reflecting the city's heritage and is now expressed by Europe's largest Marine Institute which forms part of the University itself.

But it would be quite wrong to think that the University of Plymouth only has the "marine string to its bow". The University of Plymouth has also:

  • Set out to be "the enterprise university" instilling growth and development in everything it teaches and how it's taught
  • Developed Its total curriculum in many new core areas backed by a research capability in these that is recognised as world class
  • Become a major centre of health education

The University of Plymouth now holds 30,000 students and these people and the visits their families generate are a major source of wealth for the city, not least for guest houses like ours.

Transport and other services

Plymouth's railway, coach, bus and ferry terminals are all within walking distance of the Rainbow Lodge, and cash tills, convenience shops and a public phone are all very close by.

The public transport system is a key asset and makes it possible for you to enjoy a variety of wonderful day trips without a car. Here is just a small selection...