I was left with mixed views about the Rydges in Perth. Parts of it are great, and other parts just leave you shaking your head.
OK, start with the good bits: it's in a great location, right on Hay street, with a few good bars just around the corner, and a short walk down to the river. There are great views from some rooms - but also a great view of a building site from others: here's a tip; ask for a room as high up as possible to enjoy the view, and avoid the bar noise at night.
The rooms are a bit dated, with really uncomfortable beds. Great if you like very soft ones, but I prefer it a bit harder, and with a spine that doesn't bend like a banana in the morning. The TV was pretty good: a good solid picture, with the standard channels, all the Sky Sports channels, Sky news, and the Lifestyle channel with endless UK property shows.
The bathrooms are just plain naff. The shower was tiny with a grubby curtain, and with a shower handle that sticks out into the shower. After a few painful contacts with it, I ended up with a bruise on the my thigh that lasted a week. There are some bathroom products, which are woeful: the very poor shampoo had me itching. Avoid.
It claims to be a 4 1/2 star - in fact I would only just give it 4 stars: no real outdoor space, and no pool either: a must in Perth at the end of a long hot summers day. Then again, it was amazingly cheap - no other 4 star hotel in Perth came close to match the price at short notice. This is either a good thing, or a sign of a struggling hotel.
The bar is, by contrast, actually OK: the beer is a bit pricey, but I saw a few non hotel guests come in, which is always a good sign. Here, however, is the hotels downfall. It is used by Qantas to overnight all their crew (the hotel adjoins the main Qantas HQ building in Perth) and at night they can get a little wild, shall we say. I hope none of this lot had to get up and drive a plane the next morning. Hopefully they get a discount on the food, which is amazingly expensive - don't eat in the hotel, instead just opposite are the Belgium Beer Cafe, and the King street cafe, which are not only much cheaper, but quieter with more atmosphere.
In short, the hotel is OK if you need an OK hotel at short notice, but only use it to stay in, and eat elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Perth's central location in the heart of the CBD makes it the ideal choice for leisure & business travelers. Located adjacent to the West End retail & entertainment district with the city shopping mall a mere 2-minute walk away. Offering guest rooms overlooking the City of Perth or Swan River and the award winning alfresco style CBD Bar Restaurant at your service. Rydges Perth has 245 well-appointed guestrooms including 6 river view spa suites and 46 king rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Perth Hotel Perth
- Rydges Hotel Perth
- Perth Rydges Hotel