Was booked into Rydges because that's where the conference i was attending was held. Based on other reviews, my expectations weren't high. I'd advise others to moderate their expectations even more! There was only room for one taxi out the front, so mine had to park in the centre of the road - glad I had only minimal luggage. The foyer floor was in need of a serious vacuuming.
The room is - well, pretty ordinary. The curtains do an okay job of blocking out the light. The sheets, however, are one toenail from being torn into pieces. There's no room to put anything on a surface in the bathroom. The aircon is loud - lucky I have my trusty ear plugs; and lucky I'm not a watch-TV-in bed kinda person because this TV is a good 2 metres to the right of where you'd lay to watch it!
The saving graces of this hotel are
1) the team who are all hardworking, attentive, and warm and,
2) the food (can't believe I'm saying this about a chain hotel!). The food isn't stellar but it's edible (tick), and hot even when delivered to the room (tick), breakfast food is fresh, varied, and delicious (tick!).
Maybe it's a Melbourne thing?
If you want to go up a notch or four from the hotel food, however, Longrain is just around the corner (gorgeous) and there are loads of other fabulous eating joints and little bars within cooee.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Melbourne is conveniently located in Melbourne's CBD, in the heart of the Theatre precinct on Exhibition street. With over 290 guest rooms and 70 suites. Rydges Melbourne is home to Locanda Italian Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar, featuring the best steaks from nearby Yarra Valley, an good variety of pastas and other mouthwatering options. Located in close proximity to Bourke Street Mall shopping, a block away from the Paris End of Collins Street boutiques and in walking distance to Rod Laver Arena and the MCG, Rydges Melbourne is a great choice if you are wanting everything at your doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Hotel Melbourne
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