I decided to stay at the Rydges Hobart hotel due to the brand. I have stayed at previous Rydges hotels and have had nothing but good experiences, until I stayed at the Rydges Hobart hotel.
When I booked the hotel I advised we would be arriving at 2pm, the earliest check-in time available according to the website. We arrived at the hotel at around 11:30am to ask if we could store our luggage there until we could check-in at 2pm, to which the reception advised it was fine. We returned back to the hotel at 1:40pm and where advised by reception that our room was not ready, which was fine as it was not yet 2pm. We advised reception we would be in the bar until our room was ready, which we assumed would be only around twenty minutes, however we waited until 2:30pm before our room was ready. This annoyed us as we had advised we would be checking in at 2pm when we made the booking and again when we arrived at 11:30am to leave our luggage there. Also the lady at reception, while pleasant, I felt like she could not wait to get rid of us as if we were annoying her.
Now the room we were allocated was located in a different building, to which the receptionist gave us directions to. It was on the second floor and I felt as if I was staying in a motel compared to a hotel. The stairwell was open with exposed brick and concert floors. The room itself was out-dated and while the bathroom was spacious, it was also dirty. The grout, while supposed to be white, was black. There was also no exhaust fan in the bathroom however they did have a heater above the mirror. The only thing I can say I enjoyed in the room was the bed. At least that was the same as the other Rydges’ hotels I have stayed at.
When I booked the hotel I order chocolate dipped strawberries which had to be returned as the strawberries were old. The hotel, to their credit, did replace the strawberries with a desert platter which both my husband and I were happy with.
On my first morning at the hotel I ventured down to breakfast which was delicious. I had the eggs benedict and my husband had the pancakes. Both were amazing and the gentleman, who severed us, served us with a smile and good humour. Beside the cooked breakfast we had the buffet, which was well stocked and delicious. After breakfast I returned to my room for a hot shower and ended up having a cold one. Apparently two rooms run off one hot water tank and if you’re the last to shower then tough luck. You can imagine I was not happy and my husband still had to have his shower.
My husband and I also attend The Manor Grill for dinner and once again we could not complain about the food. It was amazing.
If you are also looking for a quite hotel to relax in, then this is not the place for you. There is a football oval right next door to the hotel and all Saturday afternoon and all of Sunday, all you hear is people screaming and swearing and whistles blowing and horns going and kids screaming and people talking over the announcer etc. There is also training during the week, so you don’t even get a break during the week from the noise. Not an environment inductive to relaxing. The walls of the hotel are also really thin so you can hear what is going on in the next room.
So the good points of the hotel are:
- The free parking.
- Close to the CBD.
- The food, the food, the food.
- The bed.
The bad points are:
- Issues with checking-in.
- More of a motel style feel.
- Dirty bathroom.
- Thin walls and a football oval right next door.
- Cold showers if all the hot water in the tank is used by the other room.
All up I would recommend attending the restaurant as the food is amazing but I would highly recommend staying at another hotel. I know that I will not be back here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Federation style hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hobart Rydges Hotel
- Rydges Hotel Hobart Tasmania