Rainbow Courts named a top 25 bargain in U.S.

TripAdvisor highlights Rockdale venue on 2013 list


Dan and Joan Ratliff, along with employees Gina Doss and Kim Crump, make stays special at Rainbow Courts. 
Reporter/Marie Bakken Dan and Joan Ratliff, along with employees Gina Doss and Kim Crump, make stays special at Rainbow Courts. Reporter/Marie Bakken A Rockdale motel has been named one of the top 25 bargains in the United States by a popular travel site.

Rainbow Courts is No. 22 in the country for bargains in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards, recognizing top properties around the world.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website and unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers throughout the world.

“TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the finest accommodations based on the feedback from those who really matter: their guests,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “It’s the insights from millions of travelers that make these awards so special, as they help others discover the hotels travelers love most—whatever the budget, in all corners of the world.”

LOCAL HISTORY—Rainbow Courts is a historic property that has been owned by members of the Bullock family for decades. The original owner was Monroe Bullock, who was later joined by his brother Ira Benjamin Bullock. The property was passed to Marjorie Bullock, and in keeping with family tradition, was purchased by her daughter Joan and her husband Dan Ratliff in the 1992.

The Ratliffs have worked to retain the historic feel, updating rooms with modern amenities while decorating each room with antiques and historic furnishings. Each Rockdale hotel room, suite and cottage has been lovingly renovated with the needs of vacationers and business travelers in mind.

This is the 11th year for the awards which honor over 6,000 elite accomodations worldwide.

U.S. Winners were named in categories for top hotel, luxury, bargain, service, small hotels and bed and breakfasts/inns.

The Ratliffs were informed of the designation from TripAdvisor via email.

Top winners in the TripAdvisor U.S. categories were: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, Kailua Kona, Hawaii (Top Hotel and Top Luxury Hotel); SeaCoast Inn Hyannis, Mass. (Best Bargain Hotel); Hotel California, Palm Springs, Ca. (Best Hotel for Service); Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Point Clear Cottages, Fairhope, Alabama (Best B&B and Inn).

The complete list of winners of the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice.


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