The welcome was nice on the cold, bleak, rainy Saturday morning that I arrived and I was pleased I could check in, dry off and get warm before venturing out again. The foyer and restaurant areas are OK and have had a make-over sometime in the last few years but the same cannot be said once you get into the lift.
The rooms are exactly as previously described - they are small with no frills and carpet that seriously needs replacing but overall - the place is in screaming need for renovation. The beds are not as comfortable as other Rydges hotels but the linen is crisp and clean. The bathrooms are very basic and old and the towels could also do with upgrading as they are a little on the thin side.
Check out was a long process as there is only one person on duty on a Sunday morning at the peak time when everyone is leaving. I am not sure if this happens every day!
The hotel is a good distance from anything but the hospital however the tram stop at the end of the street is very convienient and there is an IGA that isn't too far away. But it is best to buy a day pass for the tram because you will need it if you want to go into the city or Queen Victoria markets or to a restaurant in the evening to eat (and taxis wouldn't like the short distance).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure North Melbourne is located on the edge of the CBD, just a short tram ride from the city of Melbourne. All of Melbourne's attractions are within easy access. The hotel offers 70 contemporary & comfortable rooms and suites, with King, Queen, Twin accommodation options available, all with en-suite bathrooms, LCD TV, Foxtel, Internet access, Fridge with mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a small plunge pool, and offers complimentary access to local private gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rydges North Melbourne Hotel Melbourne
- Rydges North Hotel Melbourne
- Melbourne Rydges North Hotel