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“Needs refurbishment .” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rydges Southbank Townsville

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Rydges Southbank Townsville
Ranked #25 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
Singapore, Singapore
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54 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Needs refurbishment .”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

The place is getting a bit worn looking and the bathroom although spotlessly clean was a bit smelly . The pool had leaves in it and looked thoroughly uninviting . I was glad I had only booked 2 nights of 4 there and escaped to the Grand on day 3 . The location is good and central and I slept fine here but ambience is well lacking .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank vincentreardon
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
Wow, it's a bit disappointing to be told the hotel is 'getting worn looking' when refurbishment in rooms and corridors was completed at the end of August (2012) and the restaurant and foyer are under construction now. I guess with half the foyer and restaurant closed that's going to impact on 'ambiance' too?
Your are right, the bathrooms are in need of attention and these works are under planning now with a start planned early in the new year. We do give the pool a skim and clean each morning, we'll keep an extra eye peeled on those windy days.
Thanks for your comments,
Rob.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bowen, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We had a very peaceful nights sleep on a very cosy bed, that I would love to have to sleep in every night! I take my pillow everywhere I travel as I am yet to find motels with comfortable pillows, that is till I left mine in the car and found Rydges to be just fine for my neck support.
The room was clean and spacious. We really appreciated the big bench space for sorting our bags. Loved the timber coffee table.
The staff were very accommodating and helpful with our visit as it was a trip to fit around medical appointments. We truly appreciated their professionalism with the way they looked after us.
A big thank you! We have stayed with Rydges in other states as well and have never been disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Pauline M
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Thanks for your feedback Pauline, we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Funnily enough you can own your very own Rydges 'Dream Bed' there is a link on our website and they are surprisingly well priced!
We'll share you comments with our team, it really is motivating to have your efforts recognised and we certainly appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to do so. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Noosaville, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Staff, dinning room and location good. Rooms very badly refurbiushed, paint peeling off bathroom tiles the hotel is old and has had a minor facelift. Sheets had stains and we had to get them replaced. Breakfast was good.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank 28lesley_s
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
In room refurbishment works completed in August included new carpet, bed heads, paint, lighting, soft furnishings and upholstery and new mini bar and built in robes. The scope for bathroom works is currently being worked on. We're glad you enjoyed the restaurant, its getting a facelift in November (the new breakfast concept is amazing!) and that our team service was to your liking. Our apologies for the linen, we have taken up the matter with our supplier.
Cheers,
Rob.
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Cleveland, Australia
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

The hotel is small and friendly, the staff are great and go that little bit further to offer a first class service. The location is great, you can walk anywhere you need to go, but are far enough from the city for a peaceful stay. The rooms are clean and modern with everything you need, great restaurant with excellent food and wonderful service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank David Vanessa O... W
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thanks for your feedback David and Vanessa, we couldn't have said it any better ourselves. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the hotel location and facilities. We're just about to commence refurbishment works in the Restaurant, next time you stay with us i'm sure you will be blown away! We hope to see you soon.
Cheers, Rob.
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Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

I stayed here for a night and attended a function next door at the conference centre run by the hotel. The hotel staff were pleasant and helpful, unlike their colleagues next door.

The conference staff attitude (especially the supervisor) was close to the worst I have seen in the hospitality industry. Add to that, the hot food was served luke warm and some of the chairs in the conference foyer area were broken.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank AussieStrategist
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
We have discussed at length with the Event Booker, the exchange you had with our Operations Manager whilst 'attending' a function at the convention centre.
As is quite clear from previous reviews, service is one of the resounding strong points of the hotel experience.
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed back again fr a business trip... Love the beds.. No doubt.. Lobby was fresh with new paint and furniture... Suites now look modern with new couch and coffee table... Central location.. Great food in grill restaurant..... Lovely friendly reception staff... Loved the corporate pkg and heard tht they r upgrading the internet fr more quality service...Rydges maintaining their name.. Gud job..

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sampras S
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RMcGufficke, Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thanks for your before and after review Mr Sampras. Your mail is absolutely correct, an internet upgrade is imminent. We are looking forward to one if not the highest quality service in Townsville including free WIFI in our restaurant and bar. We look forward to seeing you next month.
Cheers,
Rob.
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

We booked in here for Christmas as we visit family every year. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the air con was amazing, not being use to summer in Townsville but what really sold us was the welcoming and friendly service we received from the staff. Front desk was very accommodating and restaurant staff were very attentive. I was also surprised at the the quality of the food, better than you'd get at most restaurants let alone a big hotel chain. The value for money is good and we've rebooked for this Christmas. Looking forward to returning!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Alicia_guffy
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RMcGufficke, General Manager at Rydges Southbank Townsville, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Thanks for you feedback. It certainly says something about your experience when you book your stay 12 months in advance. We're glad you've made our hotel an important part of your Christmas holiday and we look forward to seeing you again this December.
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Property: Rydges Southbank Townsville
Address: 23 Palmer St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Townsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rydges Southbank Townsville 4*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rydges Southbank Townsville sits in the heart of Townsville's foodie precinct on Palmer Street and only a short stroll to the CBD. Our hotel is the gateway to Magnetic Island & Great Barrier Reef. Business and leisure travellers alike will appreciate our central business district location near all the premier shopping, dining and entertainment areas ... more   less 
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