This hotel has received a lot of negative reviews on this site, However, I must say that for me it wasn' t all that bad! They are currently undergoing a major renovation, so that is always a challenge for the management. I found the staff very helpful and nice, but you can see they have to improvise quite a bit. Currently the ground floor is under construction and they use a small portion of the lobby for the reception area. The bar and restaurant have moved temporarily to the first floor in rooms usually used as banquet or conference facilities. My room on one of the upper floors was renovated and clean, the bed was very comfy. The room was just the right size for one person but could be considered a bit too small for a couple. There was a noise problem: the room door is thin and not well protected aganst noise and you hear everything that is going on outside in the hallway, for example the couple who has to check out at 5 am to make their flight. Also, the window is not well insulated and ther is noise from the street (even on the 15th floor!). The in room refrigerator starts up every 20 minutes with a loud vibrating noise and that was rather disturbing and prevented me to get a good nights sleep. I would suggest that the management makes some adjustments, since they are renovating the hotel anyway. Ther greatest advantage of this hotel is its central location close to the theatre district and China town; there are lots of restaurants clsoe by. It is a perfect location to explore the city since the Melbourne tram just leaves a block away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rydges Melbourne is conveniently located in Melbourne's CBD, in the heart of the Theatre precinct on Exhibition street. With over 290 guest rooms and 70 suites. Rydges Melbourne is home to Locanda Italian Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar, featuring the best steaks from nearby Yarra Valley, an good variety of pastas and other mouthwatering options. Located in close proximity to Bourke Street Mall shopping, a block away from the Paris End of Collins Street boutiques and in walking distance to Rod Laver Arena and the MCG, Rydges Melbourne is a great choice if you are wanting everything at your doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges Hotel Melbourne
- Melbourne Rydges Hotel