I stayed at the Rydges Melbourne for 4 nights. First of all, the location of this hotel is very good for exploring the city. It is located on Exhibition Street in a relatively quiet area of the central business district. Some people may appreciate the quiet of the area, however I prefer a more central and happening area of the city such as the area around Collins and Swanston Streets.
The entrance to the hotel is fairly uninspiring. There is no undercover driveway to the front doors, only the curbside, and nobody to greet you at the entrance to take your bags. There is no bell service at this hotel at all from what I could gather. Yes I understand this hotel is 4.5 star, but I would have assumed that extra .5 of a star included some of the trimmings of your typical 5. Besides that, check in staff was friendly and helpful.
My room was located on the 12th floor of the hotel down the end of a very dated and dimly lit hallway. It was an executive king room which apparently is quite a lot larger than the standard ones. Having said that, it was not overly spacious and the bathroom was very compact. I was thankful I chose to upgrade. The room looked out over the Parliament House of Victoria and St Patrick's Cathedral and was very picturesque. The bed was comfortable however it seemed they had used queen sized sheets on the king bed and therefore the ends were not tucked in. I occasionally found myself sleeping on bare mattress during the night. Not very nice.
Breakfast at Locanda Restaurant was generally good though inconsistent in quality. The first morning we ate at the buffet the food quality was dire. The eggs were watery, bacon was greasy and hash browns were soggy. Over the next two mornings the quality had improved quite a bit and the food was very enjoyable however on the fourth morning, the quality seemed to drop again. Perhaps there was a change in chefs during our stay, I’m really not sure.
Room service was of good standard and was thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend the ricotta ravioli with roasted pumpkin, sage and toasted pine nuts in burnt butter sauce as well as the chocolate semifreddo with pistachio crust. It made for a fantastic meal.
Overall this kind of hotel is not really my cup of tea. Though it represents a good value for Melbourne I personally would rather pay a little extra for the higher levels of service and care you get at a 5 star hotel. Even for a 4.5 star, Rydges has room to improve.
- 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