Rydges Hobart3.5 out of 5.0
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We stayed in the antique room which has a nice view over the oval and out to the city and beyond. It is on the second story with only steps available so if you have mobility limitations I would suggest a different location. It is a really nice, big room. Bathroom is quite well done but lacks a waterfall shower (probably a conscious decision for water usage) or some other touch that would bring it up to 4 stars Curtains need replacing in the main room. I dont think there is aircon. There was a pedestal fan. The windows open up with no screens. I wouldnt have kids in this room. There is a heater which works well, but obviously keep the kids away as it heats up. Furniture is basic antique. Slightly better furniture and artwork or other finishing touches would bring this up to a 4 star. Service was OK. We didn't eat at the restaurant as North Hobart is pretty close. It was closed one night we were there. There is a bus stop at the end of the driveway. Will cost $3.30 for a ticket to the CBD. Uber is $7-10. Shuttle bus to the airport goes through the city after picking you up so it takes an hour. Taxi takes about 20mins to the airport and will cost $55-60. Uber is $30-50. Book in advance as it takes about 10 mins in peak times for uber drivers to come up out of the city. Overall a pretty nice place. A bit out of the way but if you like to walk it'd be fine. About 2.5km to CBD. About 1.5km to Botannic Gardens
I only stayed there for one night on business trip but loved every minute of it. From the heritage feeling to really expansive rooms, the place was just beautiful. The staff was very nice and courteous as well.
Thought I would try a new hotel from my usual places in Hobart. Good idea not such a great pick. I arrived on a Sunday and found reception less than welcoming with the advice there would be no room service or meals as the restaurant is closed . No suggestions on where to go , only saving grace is the position of the hotel is in the middle of the food district. Rooms are large but tired , beds were very comfortable . Not a lot more to say about this place except good price but sometimes paying a little extra is worth it.
This is an old building with a cheap extension. Sometimes you can get an upgrade to an old spacious room overlooking Hobart, other times it's a discussion all old room with poor heating then there the cheap but extremely spacious rooms out the back that look a bit run down but are actually comfortable. The breakfast is filling and they try hard. But I only use it when I get a package deal as there are some excellent breakfast Cafes nearby . If you have heavy bags then don't go upstairs. The bar is ok , often with a fire but the 'free' drink is basic wine or selection of 1 beer. Overall it has some character and they do some exceptional deals on a slow week. Most visitors rent a car when in Hobart and the parking is plentiful and free. Yes , I will return and have the normal negotiation about about which rooms are available best settling in. It's ok, the staff are good and used to these negotiations and quite helpful.
Although Rydges is located at North Hobart and quite a walk to the CBD, it was a wonderful walking experience as you get to see quite a few quaint but beautiful "English" houses along Argyle Street or even Elizabeth Street. The views are also stunning. The hotel façade maintained the old style, character and atmosphere within the neighbourhood. The room we booked (Executive Antique) was classy, with modern facilities yet also had antique furniture showcasing some of Tasmania's best wood. Jan, the receptionist, is just pure divine. This place is highly recommended!!! Tip on why to also stay at Rydges - when you book a return trip for the airport shuttle bus, you will be the last to be dropped off to your hotel and the first to be picked up. The best thing about this is you get to go around areas (Hobart, Sandy Bay, Battery Point, etc.) you most likely would miss. We were lucky to have an excellent driver who also became an excellent tour guide!
Our overnight stay here was quiet even with the wedding reception going on that night. The room was well set out with a seperate sitting area and bed area with the bathroom in between which would make for a comfortable extended stay. Bear in mind though it shares a fence with a large sports ground. Parking although tight is workable and convenient.
Big rooms we stayed in room 23 which looked out over the oval suggest room 24 if youre staying to watch a game. Comfy beds, good facilities, but you do need a car as it is just a tad too far to be walking everywhere. Interesting building, beautiful gardens, and lots of history
We arrived after a long flight very tired before more meetings and the staff were incredibly accommodating in allowing us to get our room earlier to sleep. All service was with a smile, the room was spacious and modern and overall the experience was very pleasant for our stay.
Only upside is the size and updates to the rooms. Perhaps if you try really hard you can forget that the updated room is in a MOTEL (dark and scary paths to rooms in a variety of buildings in this very dated complex that was definitely not designed as a hotel.) the neighborhood feels very down on its luck. service was terrible!! Our room was never serviced though we left the make my room up sign on all day. No one answers at the front desk unless you call from a cell phone / outside number. Housekeeping gone by 5, so if they forget to make your room up, too bad. Then the electronic lock on our door quit working so the front desk had to let us in with a key (which seemed to be fairly common problem.). Avoid!! This is not Rydges quality.
Rydges Hobart - what a great place to stay. It was used as a school for deaf dumb and blind children early last century and the magnificent main building where reception, dining and conference rooms are located, gives you a taste of a grander time when buildings were truly made to last. We stayed one night on arriving in Hobart, then at the end of our holiday came back for another two nights. Really comfy rooms each time. My big gripe with hotels is that you often only get one lounge chair in a room for two people; well this time, we got the lounge room as well as bedroom and bathroom! There was also a microwave provided as well as the usual small fridge and coffee/tea facilities. It's a bit of a walk to the cbd but not impossible. We were right beside the North Hobart oval - I imagine it could get a bit noisy when there's a game on, but otherwise our room was really quiet on each occasion. There was a glimpse of the distant harbour, plenty of parking spaces and really lovely helpful staff. We will definitely stay there again next time we decide to visit Hobart.
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41% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 735 reviews