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“Good location, rooms on the small side” 3 of 5 stars
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Rydges Melbourne Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   186 Exhibition St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #92 of 170 hotels in Melbourne
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Good location, rooms on the small side”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The hotel is well located on the eastern edge of the CBD, giving easy access to Melbourne's main sights and just a block away from the tourist tram route. Rooms were on the small side and ours did not have an in-room safe. We also had a small shower room with a curtain enclosure that didn't reach the floor (so the floor would generally get wet), and insufficient shelf space for toiletries.

There is a public car park under the hotel which hotel guests can use. We found space (despite the hotel and city being busy thanks to the Lions tour), but had to leave keys with the staff on one of the nights so they could double park and shuffle the cars.

We found a number of good restaurants on Little Collins Street, which is near the hotel.

The public areas of the hotel were OK, with a fire in the reception area and a large breakfast room / bar. Food not as good as Brisbane Rydges but better than Rydges World Square in Sydney.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for your feedback. Sounds like you have stayed in a number of Rydges hotels. We appreciate your support of the brand - thanks.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

As one of the key hotels used in Melbourne to support the Lions Rugby tour in 2013 we saw this hotel operating under slightly extreme circumstances - am pleased to say it coped very well. As with most Rydges this is not a spectacular hotel but reasonably kitted out with most bases well covered. Staff were very pleasant and efficient - not even put off by the seeming hundreds of rugby fans descending upon them.
Excellent location for seeing the sites of Melbourne - close to the rather ramshackle Chinatown but nowhere on the main "tourist trail" is far away.
All in all an enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks Peter, I trust you also were in Melbourne for the Lions game. It was another great week in Melbourne hosting a big international event. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Launceston, Australia
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21 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

I have stayed at Rydges Melbourne numerous times, and is great that this was different to no other. Beds were comfortable, quick check in - lovely lady whom checked us in - also asked us about what brought us to Melbourne, clean rooms and a great rate. The gentleman whom checked us out was not personable, did not ask us about our stay and was very matter of fact which was a little disappointing.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for your continued support of the property. We are wrapped you had another great Rydges Melbourne experience.
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The rooms were tidy, the bed was comfortable and the location central, despite this, it was not noisy and I slept well. The lobby was welcoming decor-wise and the staff members were really cheerful and polite.

The buffet breakfast was pretty tasty, the meats (bacon and sausage) were of good quality and there were lots of awesome drinks to choose from as well as all the usual breakfast items you'd want/expect at a hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Epic breakfast - sensational! Thanks for the great feedback. As a group we have worked really hard on delivery a great breakfast and I'm confident we do that every morning.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We often stay in Melbourne and Rydges is the perfect location. Staff are always courteous and helpful. Rooms are clean and tidy. The buffet breakfast is extensive and meals in the restaurant are lovely.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for the feedback Marg, I'll be sure to pass it onto the team.
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Perth, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The room was OK - nothing special for the price. The heater/airconditioner was extremely noisy and hard to keep regulated at a suitable temperature. The bathroom was tiny- no room to swing a mouse let alone a cat!! Bathroom products (shampoo etc) and milk (for coffee) were not replaced when used - when you are paying the same price every night, I would expect that everything should be kept to the same level as when you check in. Considering the hotel's location is close to a number of theatres, we expected to be able to get something to eat post show but restaurant and ktichen were closed. Reception staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for your feedback Jeanette I'll be sure to look into a few of your concerns during your stay.
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Sydney, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Love the decor at this hotel tje lobby is great with big open fire places and comfy lounges for sitting and relaxing.
Resturant is great food deliciouss and a generous selection for breakfast buffet.
The rooms are nice and clean however the shower in my bathroom had a curtain and when I had a shower water got all over floor also bathrooms are
Small.
Located right across the road from china town and a short walk to the main shopping area. Also near theatre's. I love staying here and would choose to stay here every time I come to Melbourne.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MelbManager, General Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thanks for the great feedback, we look forward to welcoming you back next time.
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Additional Information about Rydges Melbourne Hotel

Address: 186 Exhibition St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Spa Hotel in Melbourne
#79 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#92 On the Beach Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges Melbourne Hotel 4.5*
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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