Rydges on Swanston - Melbourne4.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Paid for room with two beds, was given a room with one bed. I ended up sleeping on the chair for the night until we were moved to a room with two beds on the send night, very disappointing. Good location, close to tram. Wifi was reliable.
Stay was good, nothing bad to report, but also nothing remarkable to report. Good location, near enough to most site seeing locations without being right in the city. Enjoyed.
The best feature of the hotel is its staff: uniformly friendly, helpful and polite. The hotel itself is very basic, with one rickety, extremely slow elevator. My room looked out to the inner courtyard and guests in other rooms on the same floor could easily look into my premises, if they wished to do so. Hence one had to close the curtains to be assured of one's privacy, which made the room dark and isolated from the world. One enters the building by a set of steps, with no ramp, which might make it difficult for elderly and physically challenged guests to enter the premises. Also the walk-in shower has nothing too hold on (no "grab" bars# in case one would loose one's fooling while taking a shower. The property is located adjacent to Melbourne University and close to "Little Italy," a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. But it is outside or at least only marginally within Melbourne's CBD. Thus one has either a lengthy walk or a tram ride to get right into the center of the city. But on the positive side, the Rydges on Swanston Hotel is conveniently located in the general vicinity of the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Centre, and the free Circle Route tram # 35 #if it ever shows up at your stop!#. All things considered, this property is a good compromise for someone who desired to explore the city independently and to savor its many faceted sights and sounds. Would I recommend this place? Yes, but with a few caveats.
The room was fne with an ugly view. The hotel was well-located: close to restaurants, downtown and transportation. The breakfast buffet was nice.
Location is very convenient. City tram is door step away. Room is clean. Staffs are very helpful.