Just returned home from escorting a large group to the Melb Cup Racing Carnival. This is the 21st year we`ve stayed with Rydges, and I must say it really does feel like "coming home". The key staff and management led by GM David Bornman, have been with the hotel for ages, and know exactly what guests need.
Excellent city location right next to Chinatown (so heaps of restaurants at your doorstep), and only 10 min stroll to the Bourke St Mall in centre of CBD. Key sporting venues such as MCG and Melbourne Park (home of Aust Open Tennis) are within easy walking distance.
The hotel has/is undergoing a complete re-furb from the public areas thru to all rooms. Of the 2 wings one has been refurbished - whilst rooms aren`t large they have all the facilities one expects from a comfortable 4 star hotel. The second wing (suites) are in the process of being re-furbished with one floor completed ... so ask for one of these if booking suites.
The Locanda Bar is popular and hosted by the effervescent Josephine. The restaurant is popular in evenings and the breakfast buffets are superb. A smallish pool, and limited exercise equipment on 22nd floor are well used in summer.
As i said it`s like coming home ...
- 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:
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- Melbourne Rydges Hotel