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“Secure lovely comfortable appartment with all facilities required” 4 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 #93 of 171 Hotels in Melbourne
Swansea, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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“Secure lovely comfortable appartment with all facilities required”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed at the Rydges Melbourne Hotel for six nights - check in very quick - no time at all we were in our room. Room very well equipped with everything you could possible want - even a washing machine.They had a really well equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna.
Breakfast in the hotel was really great value - only 20 dollars each for a really good selection of quality food.
The restaurant staff were so friendly and helpful . Fruit was left in the lobby for guests to help themselves.
Great selection of shops nearby, everything very central. Bus station very close - went to Bondi Beach from there. Very quick cheap travel. Also went on the free hop on buses - great way to get around and see as many places as possible.

Room Tip: We were on the 17th floor but could still hear the traffic - I think it would be a problem if you ha...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
It's great to see such positive comments from a Senior Contributor. We're pleased your stay with us was fantastic.
Our facilites are wonderful and our restaurant staff are a cheery and helpful team. The extensve offerings on our breakfast buffet certainly would have been a great start to your day of sightseeing.
The location of the hotel would have been one of the greatest advantages of your stay. As you mentioned you are in the centre of the city with all tourist attractions and shopping at your doorstep.
We hope you come back to see us when you next return to Australia.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Room rates here vary massively and I have stayed here many times when they are not at a premium. The suites start from just over $200 p/n which is really good value and most seem to have been refurbished recently. I haven't stayed in the standard rooms as the price difference when I have used this place has always been around $30-40 p/n. The bar here is good and attracts a number of people for pre theatre drinks which helps give it some atmosphere. The lunch (bar) menu is reasonable but the dinner menu seems overpriced. There are lots of fantastic places to eat in Melbourne so would suggest stepping outside the hotel for food and experiencing Melbourne. Some fantastic restaurants around the lane ways.
Hotel staff are helpful and really friendly. Nice Lobby with a fireplace and sofas for those colder months. I would recommend the higher floors and away from the bins as they seem to get emptied around 4am which can be a painful if you end up on the wrong side of the building. Breakfast is really good if you can get it included in the room rate otherwise again I'd step outside the hotel and try the local options given the price.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thanks for your review. It's great to see you are a regular guest having stayed in our refurbished suites. The room rates do vary depending on room availability and special events in the city. I'm pleased you see value for money in our suite prices.
Our food and beverage offerings are of high standard to compete with our neighbours. You will find our dinner menu includes the best local produce available but still offers great value for money. You can't go past the breakfast buffet with such a large variety of healthy and indulgent options.
I'm pleased you found our staff to be friendly and helpful.
We have changed our rubbish collection time to 6am to minimise sleep disruption to our guests.
We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The main accommodation is in a tower block but there are some newly refurbished "suites" in a low rise block alongside. Unfortunately these are nearer street level an suffer from the noises in the laneway alongside, specially traffic and garbage trucks emptying bottles.

My stay in room 303 was further marred by noise from large air conditioners and light from large spotlights illuminating the building coming though curtains which did not fully close.

Earplugs and an airline sleeping mask helped but did not enhance my "upgrade", give me the higher floors anytime.

Room Tip: Avoid suites floor 9 or lower for less noise.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Oh dear! It seems we did not meet your expectations on this visit. I apologise for any inconvenience caused to you as a result of the room provided on your last stay.
I hope we can entice you back to the suites on a higher level at another time.
Thank you for your feedback.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Arrived at the hotel and as parking was part of the 2 night package, parked in the underground parking next door. The parking spots are tiny. (The spots are the same size as your vehicle-no room to open the door to get out!) The parking attendant had to move the vehicle next to my allocated spot just so I could squeeze my mid sized Honda in. Went up to reception and was noticed after 30 seconds by the sullen receptionist. No smile or genuine greeting. Went up to the room. Rooms are tired looking. Stained carpets, windows so dirty could hardly see out. Bathroom floors dusty and had balls of hair in 2 corners. Bathroom was tiny. Very low water pressure in shower so would have been difficult to wash hair if had stayed longer. Swimming pool and gym were closed for renovations.
After seeing the sights of beautiful Melbourne, came back later to more friendly receptionist. Had a meal at their restaurant. WOW.....amazing food and service. I would come to Melbourne just for the ambience , beautiful professional meal and amazing friendly service. Try the grilled salmon.(shame the hotel wasn't this fantastic). Buffet breakfast in the restaurant was a wonderful 5 star assortment of cereals, breads, fruit, cooked eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns (yum!). Get in early for brekky its worth it!

Room Tip: Pick a higher floor for the great views of Melbourne.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for your review. It seems we were a little "hit and miss" during your recent visit.
I'm surprised you experienced a sullen front office employee as our staff are all well known for being super friendly and helpful. I'm pleased the second receptionist you encountered was an improvement. I've passed on your feedback to our Executive Housekeeper and Maintenance Manager for their attention.
Thank goodnes you visited our restaurant and had a fantastic experience. Our chef and restaurant manager pride themselves on the quality of food and service offered. In a competitive Melbourne market, we feel we offer great value for money.
I do hope we are able to lure you back to one of our recently refurbished suites.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Ok Hotel but not stunning. Rooms are old but ok. Wifi and TV good. Bath old but clean. Bed too soft. Breakfast very nice, although good coffee costs extra...................................................................................

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for your feedback!
I'm glad your stay with us was satisfactory. The breakfast buffet is fantastic, offering a wide variety of healthy and indulgent goodies. I'm sorry you found the bed too soft. Our dream beds usually generate very positive reviews.
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

we were really impressed by your friendly and helpful staff. We were a little disappinted in housekeeping though. The first day was fine but as our stay progressed we found each day when we returned coffee cups hadnt been cleared or replace. I realise that we were travelling with two children and an overall cleaning of the room may have been more challenging but felt that dirty cups and spoons could have been refreshed each day.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. I haI am pleased your family holiday was enhanced by our friendly and helpful staff. I have passed on your comments to our Housekeeping Manager for his immediate attention and apologise for any inconvenience caused during your stay.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the hotel in the near future.
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here for a weekend trip. I was a little concerned at the bathroom size after reading other reviews but it was fine. The room itself was well sized and clean. Walking distance from shopping, Crown and the MCG. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others. The buffet breakfast and room service were also well priced and good quality. The staff at check in were extremely friendly and helpful, couldn't fault the service at all!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa_Parker_Rydges, Executive Assistant Manager at Rydges Melbourne Hotel, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
It's great to see we impressed you with our friendly and helpful check in staff. They are a great team of guys and girls who love their jobs.
The hotel location is ideal for interstate visitors wanting to see a lot in a short amount of time. .
With walking distance to major attractions and shopping on our doorstep, you can pack alot into a weekend stay.
I'm glad you sampled our breakfast and room service delights and found them to be good value for money.
See you again when you are next in Melbourne.
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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:
#21 Spa Hotel in Melbourne
#80 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges Melbourne Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 363
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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