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Rydges Melbourne Hotel

4.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I really don't have any complaints about this hotel. Room was clean and spacious as was the bathroom. I had a shower, no tub and the shower pressure was maybe not 100% but not worth knocking. It's a great location to the venue I was going to (170 Russell) was a very short walk. Nice restaurant across the street (Elephant and something) and a James Squire brewpub (my favorite beer!! 150 lashes!!) wasn't that far which I stumbled upon when I was out walking on a summer day (in February). The hotel had a restaurant/bar but I didn't have time to check it out. From the airport it's about 45 minutes but I pre-ordered a shuttle van (bluebird) and they dropped me off and picked me up without any problem. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

The location of this hotel is brilliant. It's so close to the tram, Chinatown, shopping etc. However it's very dated. It really needs an update and some thought to the little things such as decent lighting near mirrors, footstool for the chair, better room service menu with more healthy options. I asked for a fork to be delivered to my room and literally a fork arrived. Usually a hotel would deliver a little pack of cutlery in a paper casing and probably bring a plate too. Good things about the hotel. Staff at reception were mega friendly and very helpful. Free wifi (which seems like such a no brainer but some hotels still don't offer this). Taxi rank right outside. I would stay there again due to its location but I think as the hotel gets more dated it will be harder to be competitive given the rack rate prices. Updates to bathrooms and a lick of paint would make a big difference.

Had a nice room which was nicely located to look down upon the hustle and bustle of the many people near the theatre late at night. Conveniently located to many restaurants, we only had a short to walk to dine. And how about the front desk staff, very pleasant and very helpful. There is a little tiredness in the rooms but overall another great stay.

The location is hard to beat, and the price is competitive for Melbourne CBD. I arrived just after 2pm and the Reception area was slammed, but the staff member who checked me in was still very polite and friendly. The room was very 1980s with some updated furnishings. The bathroom was designed to be small and not necessarily the most functional. The shower is over a bath that makes it steep to climb in to but seems too shallow to be used as a bath, and the toilet is tucked away at an angle behind the door. The carpet and paint need redoing ASAP. The air con was necessary as the room smelt a little stale and mouldy (no windows to open and it has been humid in Melbourne so that was understandable) but it runs noisily so may disturb some people. I happened to glance down into the recess where the TV sits and I don't think that had ever been dusted. The bed was comfortable though. Breakfast is OK and not bad value for a hotel in the CBD. They do have one of my pet hates - the conveyor belt toasters that don't actually toast the first time through. Sigh. And the coffee is best avoided. It's OK value for where it is, but don't expect anything fancy - the price is all for the location.

Excellent hotel with a superb breakfast!! Every time I travel and need to stop in Melbourne I book a stay at Rydges Melbourne, I am never disappointed. Large spacious rooms, comfy bed and pillows, and an amazing breakfast!

First of All- wonderful location. Close to everything. Busy hotel at times, with lifts taking their time. A lot of the time one lift is out of action. Great food in the restaurant Locanda. Some of the bar staff are brilliant and make great cocktails. Staff here are very friendly. Reception staff very business like and not so friendly, perhaps they could learn from the bar staff. Rooms- way past use by date for a refurb. Small rooms. Each rooms has a very noisy aircon unit mounted on the wall near the window that is so noisy it wakes you up when it gushes in and out of action. Beds are very comfortable. There are no plugs near the bed The bathroom: so tiny that the door won't open fully as it hits the toilet. It can be noisy as the noise ver berates up the nearby building and you here everything. Part of living in the city I guess. Cleaning staff like to put the TV on in neighbouring rooms as they clean. Not good for shift workers. I stay here a lot and this happens daily. Carpets in lift halls and in passage on nearly every floor are worn, crumpled and torn. I've nearly tripped twice and despite mentioning it, they are still in the same poor condition. Not what you would expect from the Rydges chain. The lobby carpet is wonderful and if you didn't know, was custom made to reflect the river that ruins through the city. A plaque would be nice to explain to guests as its a great piece of art. Overall the motel is in dire need of a refurb. Some of the wood in the rooms is very worn and stained.

Rydges Hotel has a very nice night club and even though not a 5 star hotel the service at the front desk was very good and the prices are much cheaper than a 5 star hotel. The rooms may not be as luxurious but still very comfortable.

Booked a room falsely advertised as deluxe queen room - found it was the smallest basic room possible. Worn stained carpets, toilet so tiny that a person couldn't sit straight as the door impeded. No sound proofing between the rooms - we could hear everything next door. They are looking after the shareholders by only providing half a roll of toilet paper and no bath mats - that will save them money! The staff must be so embarrassed to work here! Definitely will not book Rydges again.

I stay here at least once a month for work. I find it comfortable although, the rooms can get stuffy. I've always enjoyed the meals in house. Staff friendly and efficient. Location excellent particularly if attending a show, Chinatown within a stones throw away

I was upgraded to a Queen spa suite. As always polite, happy and professional staff. The room was comfortable, spacious and clean. Breakfast was included in the reasonable rate-average buffet breakfast and a decent coffee.

186 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC

Rydges Melbourne Hotel places you in Chinatown, within a leisurely stroll of popular sights such as Bourke Street Mall and Melbourne Central. This 4.5-star hotel has 363 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Melbourne, the hotel is also a short walk from RMIT University and Melbourne Museum.


This hotel serves as home to a cocktail bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in Modern European cuisine. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM.


Rydges Melbourne Hotel's 363 rooms are air-conditioned and provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Free newspapers, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

Rydges Melbourne Hotel features a nightclub, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. If you drive, self parking is AUD 30 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available on request). Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Queen Spa Suite

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Executive King Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

One Bedroom Apartment

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

62% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2018 reviews