Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition St., Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia
(4 star hotel)
#57 of 423 hotels in Melbourne
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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A convention hotel and nice rooms

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 18, 2009

This hotel is where we spent the longest stay during our trip to Australia. The room was very comfortable. We got a huge king sized bed, large bathroom with shower and bath, a well lit work table with convienient computer hookups, a hot water heater for tea, plenty of nice glasses to drink out of (not plastic). The room was cleaned well every day and had a small but efficient guest laundry with over and under washers and dryers. This hotel has a lot of bustling about in the lobby. Conventionaires and tourists make the front desk a busy place. However, there isn't much of a wait to get your business done. They've done this sort of thing before. The dining room is modern and nice. They have a good breakfast bar and instead of an ice tray in the fridge you can go to the bar and get a champagne bucket full of ice free for the asking.

Unique Quality: Centrally located in Melbourne right next to the heart of Chinatown the hotel is within walking distance of a lot of what a visitor comes to Melbourne to see.

Directions: Very near Chinatown, near little Bourne St.

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Good value top end hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 2, 2008

It has all the comforts one would expect of a central, top end business hotel - but a little cheaper than the bigger multi-nationals such as Radisson (which is 100 metres from the front doors of Rydges).

18 storeys, big, open lobby with plenty of space for those meetings, waiting or simply reading the papers. Rooms a decent size, with all the mod cons you would expect. It's not super trendy or boutique style. It is what it is and it does it well. A decent bar/cafe on the ground floor, although there are so many excellent cafes in the vicinity personally, I did not make use of it at all.

Unique Quality: You can persuade, if you try hard enough, for the reception to have the windows open. Typical of Melbourne city hotels, windows cannot be opened. But I managed with a lot of persuasion.

(Stayed here a couple of nights with work recently rather than having to schlepp home).

Good deals to be gained direct from the hotel website - especially if you join their loyalty scheme.

Cigarette land?

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 10, 2004

I had the same experience in 1999 regarding smoking/non smoking rooms! I was using an entertainment book discount, not quantas - that was the only difference.

They had no problems shifting us to a different smoking room on level 9, but had "no space at any time" on the non-smoking floors, even though I booked months ahead.

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Not flash or new, but central and cheap.

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 12, 2004

There was a full mini bar (but I rarely use those). The rooms and especially bathroom had dated but are clean. The air-conditioning system was a bit old and rickety but it worked. I requested a non-smoking room days before but on my arrival I was advised that due to high occupancy I had been given a smoking room. They arranged for the windows to be opened and deodorised the room but I could still smell it. Normally I am not repulsed by smoke and have a fairly high tolerance for it. I has also booked the room in conjuction with Qantas because of airmiles earned only to be advised upon my arrival that I was not entitled to it because of the really low rate I got. The supplied toiletries, shampoo, etc was quite good. It is a pity not many dined at the in-house restaurant much which I thought was actually quite good. They had lunchtime specials which includes a drink. I had the prawn and avocado salad with white wine on one day, and thai beef salad with beer on another for something like A$15 all inclusive. Receptionist was fairly pleasant. Room had cable tv (free documentaries/pay movies) and ported for laptop dialup connections.

Unique Quality: Free internet access for guest in the lobby and in the executive business lounge on the second level. It is only "narrow band" but free. Broadband is available on the many internet cafes nearby. Those will not be free but it will not be expensive either. Like a couple dollars per 1/2 hr.

Directions: I stayed here because it was one of the most central location between the Imax / Melbourne musuem and the main shopping district. (5 min walk). The Southbank casino and restaurants were about 10-15m walk. Also there is a good nightclub around the corner.

mayezilla Feb 21, 2014 at 12:52 AM

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Address: 186 Exhibition St., Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia

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