I stayed here on a mid week work visit. The location was close to where I needed to be and the rate was reasonable for Melbourne. Or so I thought till I got into the room.
I stayed in a Queen room on the second level, there we renovations going on - although no mention was made of this when I checked in but I was well aware of it the minute I stepped off the elevator with the symphony of drilling. I figured it would stop around 5pm, so that was fine and given the state of the room, they definitely need to renovate the property.
The room itself looked as though it has been repainted recently, but it made no real impact. The room was lifeless and devoid of character or appeal. The mattress on the bed sagged badly and if that weren't bad enough for a room that cost over $160 a night, there were even visible stains on the sheets to top it all off.
The bathroom was also a state. It was mouldy, smelled of stale sweat, had cracked paint on the walls, the towels and face washers were so threadbare there were holes in ALL OF THEM.
This place is not even a shadow of what a Rydges property used to be. It was tired and very dated and not worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges on Swanston having undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment both externally and internally has well and truly positioned itself as a hotel of choice within Melbourne. Blues Bar & Grill has a contemporary feel offering the very best food, service and presentation. The funky bar lounge and great outdoor terrace is very popular. Close to the airport and a short tram into the heart of Melbourne's CBD, makes us a great location for any traveler. ... more less
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