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Rydges on Swanston Melbourne
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   701 Swanston Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia   |  
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Ranked #131 of 171 hotels in Melbourne
Brisbane, Australia
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“Disappointing ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I don't usually write negative reviews - there is always usually something good to say. But not this time - way too expensive for such small rooms and extremely noisy stay. The noise in the corridor morning and night was awful! The staff tried hard to do a good job! And for the most part they did their bit - poor facilities

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Karenm

I can only apologise for the mouse in your room. Like all hotels we have an active pest control program in place.I can assure you this type of incident has never occurred in the past at the hotel.

If there is anyway I can make this up to you please let me know. Hope to hear from you soon

Thanks

Grant Fleet
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Firstly the french guy on reception not nice,,,, secondly the shower has mould amongst all tiles... desperate need for renovation.... Customer service non existent. ah but lastly mouse in the room dead fresh not long after we were in there. offered to change room but we didnt as our last night in Melbourne so free breakfast was offered which was terrible... raw uncooked sausage served. Then on discharge was asked to pay for breakfast. Also trams that are at front door would need a myki card to use so read your brochures if you are a visitor to Melbourne .

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Karenm

I can only apologise for the mouse in your room. Like all hotels we have an active pest control program in place.I can assure you this type of incident has never occurred in the past at the hotel.

If there is anyway I can make this up to you please let me know. Hope to hear from you soon

Thanks

Grant Fleet
General Manager
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Brisbane
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Well located hotel, near to the eating precinct of Lygon Street, tram to the CBD at the front door, close to the University and only a short walk to the Victoria Markets. First impressions on appearance (hotel entry and lobby) were underwhelming and I was dismayed to find that I had to lug my heavy bag up five or six steps to a large lobby with the reception desk at the other end. (I have had spinal surgery). The staff member at the desk told me that I should have just left my bag on the street and come in to ask for assistance like other people did - not a practical option as bags would be well out of sight for minutes even if there was no "line-up" at reception. Later, a more helpful staff member gave me detailed and useful directions and a street map.

My initial impressions were quickly forgotten as my room was beautifully appointed with comfortable and tasteful furniture and a slick modern bathroom. There was a desk and lamp as well as a small dining table and a comfortable chair - all useful to me as a business traveller. Some funky touches (such as a set of dominoes and other small games, popcorn, aeroplane shaped chocolates) added interest. I didn't use the bath robe or the toiletries but they looked good. A larger waste bin would have been useful but I was happy to find a hook on the bathroom wall (to hang up my toiletries bag) and face washers provided. The king sized bed was a luxury and so were the king sized bath towels. The tv was easy to operate and so was the air con.

The sleep factor unfortunately was a problem. The check in staff had kindly upgraded me to a "park view" room on the third floor, which indeed did have a verdant leafy view towards the cbd. However the room was close to the clanking elevator and I heard the clunks and groans of every single trip up and down as I tried to sleep. I think it may be the only elevator so it is used a lot and also quite slow, so I additionally heard every conversation, giggle and cough of those waiting for the elevator or exiting it or using the stairs instead.

The other noise factor was the refrigerator, which was not enclosed in a cupboard. It was well stocked as a mini bar but I could not fit in my bottle of wine without unpacking and disassembling the whole thing.

Breakfast is served in the ground floor restaurant or via room service. I chose the restaurant where service was pleasant and efficient. Food on offer was nothing out of the ordinary but nonetheless fresh and adequate. The chef was quick to cook up some eggs how I like them, but the bacon was cold as it was simply put in an ordinary bowl on the servery. It was nice to find the morning newspaper available during breakfast.

Room Tip: Obviously stay away from the elevator, and probably also the Swanston Street side.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Zappagirl

Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Rydges on Swanston, it is always nice to receive positive feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay.

We hope to welcome you back to Rydges on Swanston soon!

Kind Regards

Grant Fleet
General Manager
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Adelaide, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I stayed in a refurbished room which is spacious and comfortable. As others have noted, the bathroom is not well designed and floods. I was dismayed by the view...nothing! More importantly there were no sheer curtains which made the room exposed and hot. The single lift is slow. There is an interesting collection of in room shopping including dominos, but there was no price list. The wine glasses were very dirty and dusty. My room, on the first floor and at the back was fairly quiet. The staff were pleasant and very knowledgable.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Janeeh040

Thank you for your comments, in regards to the sheer curtain behind the black out blind there is a sheer pull down blind.

Thank you again for your thoughts, I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Regards

Grant Fleet
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Sydney, Australia
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10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed here for three nights in an executive deluxe room. Beds were averagly comfortable but bathrooms are very small. Moved first night due to an off smell. Paint chipping in parts. Soft furnishings are a nice colour scheme Onsite parking $25 a night, room service up to 10pm which was quite good food. No views, our room overlooked a tin roof. Would stay here again but wouldnt pay more than AUD190 a night.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear Cardyff H

Thank you for your comments., I am sorry you had to be moved. I will take this issue up with my housekeeping department.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Regards

Grant Fleet
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Canberra, Australia
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13 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed for three nights during a business trip. I was apprehensive about my stay due to the high number of negative reviews on TripAdvisor. My stay ended up with a rating of OK. Checkin went smoothly. They spelled my name wrong on my new privileges card. Room tidy, clean and well appointed. Free wifi that achieved a good download speed. Bathroom very modern in design, although also very smelly. Un-cleaned popcorn under the bed. Bed almost too short. Bit hard for my tastes. There were no night events in the halls above me so I did not suffer the reported noise. Gym small and badly equipped. Three cycles, a jogger and one weight machine is insufficient for a 4 start hotel. It also smelled of urine. Breakfasts in the hotel restaurant were uninspiring, that'd be ok for a suburban motel, but a four star place should really have a chef who can cook from a breakfast menu. Not just gloop mushrooms, sausages and etc into a bain marie. In summary. OK. Great location. Staff attentive and helpful. Public transport and the Italian restaurant area just out side a great positive.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Dear OverU

Thank you for your feedback following your stay at Rydges on Swanston, I am pleased we exceeded your expectation.

I do hope to welcome you back to Rydges on Swanston soon!

Kind Regards

Grant Fleet
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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I stayed at Rydges for a hotel located close to Fitzroy and the Melbourne Museum. For location it is superb as it is close to North Melbourne and Carlton attractions while still being in walking distance to central Swanston St and Mebourne Central.
The room was clean and tidy and well furnished. It was obvious it was an old hotel that they had revamped but a little bit more work was needed to bring it up to scratch such as updating the shower/bath as it leaked and was unreliable.
If you need a simple 1/2 night stay as a base for being in Melbourne, this is a good affordable choice. If you are looking for a quality night stay to spend a lot of time in, perhaps look at somewhere else.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GSFMel, General Manager at Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Stace K

Thanks Stace K for your encouraging feedback. My team is delighted you're stay was pleasant.

My team and I hope to see you again soon.

Regards

Grant Fleet
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Additional Information about Rydges on Swanston Melbourne

Address: 701 Swanston Street | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#97 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
#131 On the Beach Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges on Swanston Melbourne 4.5*
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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