After staying at the Hilton Sydney, I found the Rydges lacking and it was most certainly not a 4.5 star hotel (probably 3.5 stars by US standards). Rooms were a bit tired and small, the bed was great, but the pillows were cheap (certainly not fluffy down pillows like the Hilton) and gave me a stiff neck. The bathroom was cramped and the lighting in the room and bathroom was atrocious. Plus there's no safe in the room and no "do not disturb" sign (I made my own).Oh, and $30 a day for internet that's not even wifi but uses an ethernet cable!
The location, however, is great (next to Chinatown, theaters and restaurants, shopping) and it's reasonably priced but don't set your standards to 4.5 stars and you should be content.
- 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