Rydges on Swanston Melbourne
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B picked G up from work again in the afternoon and we came home to decide what to do with our evening. It was the last day of school today so traffic was actually pretty good, which was a nice change. We managed to get home in just over half an hour.
Once home, we headed to the bar downstairs for cocktails (G's is the tall one, B's is the short one - go figure), and then out to the ...
... we got here we were sharing a pair of trousers and a pair of tights and so had to go and buy warm clothes! So strange being back to cold weather! St Kilda is really nice, we found a flat we really want that's so close to the beach and close to Acland street, the main string of shops and cafés famous for their cakes piled high in the windows. There is this scary old fairground called Luna Park that's entrance is a big face and wide ...
It must be something that happens to a lot of people, but frankly it seems as though the universe wants to play games with me. I spent a fruitless hour or more trying to track down where my Eurail Pass was. I ordered it a week ago and, here I am, the day before I must leave, phoning, checking banking transaction records, visiting travel agents, waiting on the phone, waiting on the phone and waiting on the phone, to find that the transaction appears not to have taken ...
... book our rooms every year for Oktoberfest, and now he owns a pub. He specialised in more of the craft variety of beers, so we ordered food, and as this was Aus, we were presented with a huge burger, which went down a treat.
Back on the road, I split up with Lucy and headed off in a completely different direction. I was off to Northcote, to hook up with two guys that I went to school with from the age of ...
... at home like fishing trips and country tours and snowboarding seasons so were clued up about camping! perfect.
Morgan had the whole trip planned. he is Mr.Organised. I loved this though because i would have been shocking had it of been left to me! He had organised a 4x4 with tent/sleeping stuff/ cooking stuff etc in it to rent for 5 days and had mapped out the route. I loved this trip… driving the coast for a few hours each day and then enjoying the various towns ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rydges on Swanston Melbourne
We stayed at rydges for the first time last week and I must say that it exceeded our expectations. Not only was our room bigger than we thought, it was clean and felt fairly modern. The staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome and responded quickly and professionally when we had a problem with air conditioning (which was fixed instantly) . It wasn't flawless however, the pool area looked tired and old and the spa was quite cold. But overall I would stay there again next time we visit Melbourne.
I stayed here for one night on business. The room was clean and comfortable, however the view was terrible. I had a window that was partially covered by a big metal air conditioning tube that went up the outside of the hotel. This boxing rattled all night... The view past this metal tubing was of a roof of the neighbouring building and walls of the buildings around it.
The Rydges Carlton is in a prime location right next to Melbourne University. Unfortunately this is the last positive thing which can be said about this hotel, with many issues previously reported in other posts.
We recently stayed at this hotel for 5 nights during our tour of Australia but I would not stay there again. It was in a good position, very easy to get to the centre of Melbourne and other places, by tram as it is near the University but the hotel itself is very run down and looking in need of refurbishment which I understand is going to be done soon.
Despite the fact that the hotel had "recently been refurbished", the room was small, dark and dingy and in need of a thorough clean. The 'emergency plumbing' problems appeared to be ongoing (reviewers elsewhere report similar problems three weeks after we stayed there). When water was available, the shower drain was partially blocked and the toilet cistern cracked. Only one lift to service the whole of the hotel and fire exits to the stairs either locked/jammed or wedged open. The pool was small and not very clean. Guest laundry facility was constantly in use by hotel staff washing hotel bed linen and towels. Corridors were dim and unpleasantly odourous. The hotel advertises the panoramic views over the city and our room, along with several others, overlooked a courtyard with views of other rooms and the air conditioning units (which was noisy). A particularly unpleasant duty manager. The most expensive and worst hotel we stayed in during our trip to Australia. The location is absolutely fantastic - just try another hotel in this vicinity.
I stayed at the Rydges Carlton in November 2005. The check-in was fine but after asking for a quiet room I was assured that I had one. It was actually opposite the lift and situated on the front of the hotel which has loud road and tram noise even on the third floor. The late room service menu is very limited after 10 pm. The bath outlet drain was blocked and water containing "Drano" covered the floor after letting out the plug. I waited for 20 minutes for help and had to ring twice. The next day I was just told that the plumbers had been in fixing a problem: there was no apology made. The breakfast was extremely ordinary: $20 for a very basic hot buffet: at 8.30 on a Sunday most of the fruit had gone and the fried eggs were hard and rubbery; top ups were slow there were not enough waiting staff available to clear tables and even provide knives and forks. I would definitely not go there again.
We have stayed in this hotel several times and have found it to be in a very good location. There is a tram stop right outside virtually on one of the main lines which goes all the way to St Kilda if you choose. Lygon Street with it's great restaurants and cafes is literally 2 streets away and the National Museum of Victoria and Exhibition Centre are within walking distance.
This hotel was good. It was well located, slightly out of the centre of Melbourne, but very close to Melbourne's excellent public transport system! We stayed three nights, and there was nothing wrong with it at all. It is a simply a chain hotel with nothing special about it either. We did think it was good value for money though.
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