I opted to stay at this property for location only as I needed to be near friends in Camperdown.
The building was originally built as a Travelodge and I like the Tri Arc design. It takes you back to the 70's and it immediately reminded me structurally of the original Travelodge in Darwin which has been lovingly maintained and modernised. Sadly this is not the case with Rydges. First impressions on entering the lobby were not encouraging. There is nothing "stylish" or "welcoming" about it. On approaching reception I was served by a girl who was most obviously on auto pilot, sounding parrot like. Thankfully the gentleman on checkout was more pleasant.
My room was on level 3 and was cheaply put together and lack lustre. On closer inspection you noted how they are in dire need of a major renovation. There were black marks on the ceiling, the wardrobe door would not close properly, the drapes did not meet completely when drawn and the bathroom still has the shower over the bath thing going on. In this day and age one really just needs a good shower if they are space deprived. The room was also noisy. The heavy doors automatically slam shut if you do not hold them. Late at night you would hear these slam. The windows are not insulated and given the hotels location on Paramatta Road, the traffic noise is quite invasive.
The hotel just felt sad really, the curved corridors were dark and depressing and I did not even bother with the restaurant it looked bland and empty.
It is overdue for the owners to invest money into this property and this should include double glazing of the windows, but one wonders if they are happy leaving it as is due to its proximity to the hospital and university and they would have business regardless, I for one will not return.
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