I stay in many Rydges around Australia and almost unanimously they are in dire need of an upgrade/refurb/makeover. But generally, very easy place to stay in, no fuss and they are our company preferred - generally well priced, restaurant in house and close to work related locales.
Staying in Rydges Parramatta a couple of weeks ago, given the lack of local food choices we gave the in-house restaurant a stab, expecting mediocre at best. ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL! Not flashy, not pretentious, just DAMN good food. Anthony was our cook (and great service beforehand from a Kiwi fellow, can't recall his name, sorry) Fire and Ice menu, good mix of a la carte and buffet - I got garlic prawns and eye fillet cooked for me, on the spot, with what I want. I very rarely eat steak out, as I am so often disappointed, even with the most choice cuts of meat - this was like I had cooked it myself with all due care in my own kitchen, EXACTLY how I like it.
I have to admit, I actually went back for a second serve of the same thing.
The service of the ladies working the bar was also quite good, drinks were good, we ordered simple stuff, but the cameraderie (*sp) was well appreciated as they were friendly, open, seemed happy and good conversationalists.
As to the rest of the hotel, rooms were clean, view was a horrible rooftop (I don't care about the view one little bit however and I am the best person to give these rooms too, just for those weird people who may go to parra for a holiday, go figure) lifts were old, slow and jumpy!
Front foyer was actually quite nice for Rydges and the front counter staff service was also pretty good, bar area was noisy and not really conducive to a quiet drink, however it appeared more geared toward a sports bar theme, in which case the noise fits.
If I have need to go to Rose Hill or Parra again, I know where I will be staying, and definitely where I will be eating!
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Parramatta Rosehill
- Rydges Parramatta Hotel Rosehill