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The Powis family purchased the Riviera Hotel, formerly The Rainbow International Hotel, on April 10th 2017 and immediately started a programme of refurbishment:



Work on the outside of the building is progressing with nearly all the front facia of the hotel now white and grey.  Another room has been finished and the new boilers have been installed in the main hotel which will ensure excellent hot water pressure and heating for our guests.

Work on the roofs has begun to ensure we are leak free for the winter and numerous double glazed windows have been installed.


Work has begun on extending the Sports Bar which will involve moving the old toilets and extending into the original men's toilets and eventually into the cupboards and ironing room behind, long term making the sports bar twice as large as it is presently. Sky and BT Sports is now available in the bar.

JULY 2017

New seating outside of the Sports Bar has arrived along with parasols - this is now open from 12 midday for our guests to enjoy a drink or a slushy cocktail!

The Sports Bar is now accessible from inside of the hotel, the new entrance has been widened and new toilets created specifically for the Sports Bar guests.

New uniform for the restaurant and reception staff has been implemented, bar staff will follow shortly.

JUNE 2017

Decorating the outside of the building has begun and the new signage has arrived and been fitted - The Club is now known as The Show Bar, and The Soda Fountain is now The Sports Bar!

The Sports Bar will soon be accessible from inside the hotel on the second floor by the internal link corridor as the old entrance is being widened and re-opened for our guests to use without having to go outside.

New pillows, pillow protectors, mattress protectors and valances have been ordered - 800 new pillows will be arriving by the end of the month and all old ones will go on the skip!

The seating in the restaurant has been re-arranged - previously when the hotel is full we have over spilled into the Empress ballroom next door, not great for our guests who then have a long walk to the buffet, this is no longer required as less 4 seater tables and more 2 seater tables have been implemented, meaning the restaurant can now accommodate all our guests over the dinner service.

APRIL 2017

Within 6 weeks of taking over 3 bathrooms have been completely refurbished, new large showers have been added, along with chrome fixings and white tiles with a mosaic border. 

The outside front has been tidied up, along with all the overgrown ivy being removed.








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Hotel Features

Situated in the Heart of Torquay

3 Minute Walk to the Beach

140 En Suite Bedrooms

Large Family Rooms Available

Modern Passenger Lift

Lovely Indoor Pool

Sports Bar with BT and Sky TV

Show Bar with Nightly Entertainment