Rydges South Bank Brisbane
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... the rainbow, petting snakes (no mum not the deadly ones!!), watching sheep shearing & sheep dog hearding, watching Tasmanian Devils (which I was a little disappointed to see were sleeping and not whizzing around in a cloud of smoke), the list just goes on! We loved the hands on side of the Sanctuary and the girls couldn't get enough cuddles, especially off a 'children's Koala' called Tinkerbell. As we arrived Grace said "Right, let me get my hands ...
... I am sure that I would bore you all. In addition to that, a girl at the hostel has decided to sit behind me and wait for the computer - she is totally reading over my shoulder. Uch, give me my duct taped together, old as time laptop that occaisonally burns me any day.
I better go she has started sighing and making fed up noises.
Next installment will be all about the Philippines- I'll do my best to make it better than this waffle.
... had somehow miraculously skipped forward two hours overnight?! So it was actually 10:30 while we were in the coffee shop and not 12:30! Which also meant we actually got up at 7:30 and headed out for a walk around 9! After laughing about our blunder we headed off towards the Riverlink shopping centre, we crossed the Bradfield Bridge which took us over the river with nice views of the riverbank and the city church and when we got to the centre we had a wander ...
... up the lift and into another huge empty check in are to clear security for departure. There were Qantas staff along the way directing us which was really helpful. Keep your passport and boarding pass out through the whole process, we had to show them about five times along the way. We arrived at the departure gate at about 7.55 am in time to board at 8am. Easy!
The flight to JFK was about 5 hours and we ...
... power cut and what was instantly quite exciting turned out to be horrifying when we realised our fan was electric!!!., we went to bed unhappy for a sweaty nights sleep! Day 5 went to main beach on the gold coast as rob had met a very nice guy who lent him some kitesurf kit! Rob was happy kiting away whilst chris and I were being impaled by sand on the windiest day ever! We decided to walk to surfers paradise which we thought might take 15 mins as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rydges South Bank Brisbane
Best location in town, wonderful staff
We originally planned to stay in Brisbane for 2 nights just to use it as a base for exploring the sunshine coast. In the end we were at the Rydges for 8 days and Brisbane turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Australia!
The Rydges is located in probably the prettiest part of town - Southbank - with its inner city beach (12 tonnes of sand from the coast lining a huge pool set on the riverside and surrounded by parkland and cafes - fantastic for kids), and lots of great cafes and restaurants in Little Stanley Street ... all within 5mins walk of the hotel. The CBD (for shopping) is also just across the river and walkable via one of two bridges or a quick hop on the ferry.
The hotel itself we found to be nice, bright, clean and modern and the breakfasts were excellent. The rooms were nothing out of this world but had comfortable beds, plenty of TV channels and ours had a small sink/microwave/kitchenette too - perfect with a young baby. A big plus was the guest laundry (self-service coin operated laundrette for guest use) which was a godsend after a month of travelling and a welcome change from the expensive hotel laundry you usually find. The hotel also had internet access in the foyer on a prepay $15 for 30min card which was also very handy.
However, the biggest plus of this hotel for us was the helpfulness of the hotel staff. On doctor's orders we had to cancel our tour of the sunshine coast and rest an extra week in Brisbane and even though the hotel was fully booked for Ashes (cricket) week, the reservations staff went out of their way to look after us, juggling other peoples reservations so we could keep our room for the whole week. Even during their busiest week of the year, the staff were efficient, friendly and accomodating to us - we would absolutely stay here next time!
A little bland
Stayed here as I was attending a conference at South Bank so the location was perfect. The lobby was nice but the reception staff were flat and non helpful, and there were about 4 concierge/bellpeople standing around talking most of the time. The room was simple and clean, but you can get much more at other properties in Brisbane for the same price.
Brekki was a simple buffet but nothing to rave about for the cost.
They wont get my business again in a hurry.
Quite a good hotel
Hotel is well located for Southbank and its attractions. The rooms are a reasonable size. but nothing spectacular and our room (although we were thought we were getting one) had no view except of the bland building across the road. Front desk staff were good and the service in their CBD bar was above average. A big plus is the mini bar mark up was very reasonable. A bottle of Sir James sparkling white was $18 and I have seen it recently in local liquor outlets in Brisbane for that price.
Altogether quite a reasonable hotel. I would rate it as 4 stars but not 4 and a half as indicated on the website we booked through.
We stayed a few nights at the Rydges in July 05, and it was quite OK. As with all large hotels it was a bit unpersonal, but we were happy with our stay. When we came they couldn't find our booking (!) so they "upgraded" us to a handicap room, which had a shower instead of a tub and a bit more space.
There was a nice balcony with a view over Brisbane. The room got quite crowded since we had an extra bed for our child. We had room service one morning and another morning we used the breakfast room at the hotel which was very nice (though a bit expensive).
The location is very good, since it is close to an area with lots of restaurants, cafés etc. (as well as a man-made beach). We used the restaurant at the hotel once, and it was OK, but rather smoky and crowded.
One word of warning: Do not use the laundry room. We planned on washing some clothes, since we were on a long trip. It took a while to find the laundry room, which turned out to be located on the parking floor. You hade to cross the parking area and enter a small gloomy room with a washing machine in it. We ended up not using it after all.
All in all, this is an OK hotel. Nothing special, but quite OK.
My husband and I decided to spend a couple of days in Brisbane on our way back to Sydney. We got a great deal after seeing offer on "Getaway". Unfortunately could only get the first night at the discounted rate but quite happy with that. We had a standard room (which was all that we needed) on the 10th floor at the rear of the building. We were a little apprehensive on our arrival to see a train appear from the rear of the building, however on reaching our room we were pleasantly surprised at how quite the room was (windows were double glazed). We ate at the cafe downstairs on the first night which was great for something light to eat. The outlook from the room was nothing to write home about but we only needed somewhere clean and comfortable to put our head down at night. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Location to restaurants is fantastic and a jetcat trip of at the most 5 minutes from just across the parklands, takes you straight into the city. You can purchase a pass on the jetcat for $5.00 pp which lets you travel all day on either jetcat, train or bus and even less if travelling out of peak time. A trip up the river on the jetcat takes about an hour and a half for a round trip, all for $5-00. Compared to a Day Tripper pass in Sydney ($15pp) this was an absolute bargin!! We also did a trip on the bus which takes you around Brisbane sights for $22 (about an hour and a half). This is a must if you want to see what Brisbane has to offer. We took the train from just two blocks down from the hotel to the airport. The train leaves every 20 minutes ($9pp when purchased from the hotel) and was a great cheap way to get right to the airport door. Would highly recommend this hotel for location and price.
Excellent, unpretentious accommodation and service
We stayed at Rydges Brisbane for 3 nights as part of a holiday around Queensland. Two of us had standard rooms and one a parlour room (with river views and a seating area). While the rooms were not opulent, they were very well furnished, comfortable and spotless. The staff were very efficient without being pretentious.
We dined once at each of the two restaurants within the Rydges and after several days of bad food experiences elsewhere in Queensland, we were extremely glad of the fantastic food we were served on both occasions. The breakfast buffet each morning was also good (not perfect, but certainly quite good).
The only annoying aspect of our stay were the keycards to our rooms, which would mysteriously stop working so that we had to go back to reception a few times to have them "re-magnetised". If looking for accommodation in Brisbane that is 4 star plus but without unnecessary fuss, this is the place.
Lovely views overlooking river
Book river view room as its only $20.00 more than a standard room. The view is terrific overlooking Brisbane skyline and river.
The room is spacious but could do with a fresh modern uplift. Renovations were happening so maybe rooms will be next. The room has all modern cons with fridge, Tv, small kitchen and internet connection.
The bathroom is small and also could do with an uplift.
Staff friendly and efficient.
Position great as its a walk across the footbridge to the city (10 mins) but you can enjoy Southbank and the gardens. I have stayed here a few times and prefer this hotel to others, mainly because of the views and the parklands across the road.
Great value for money.
Thought this was a lovely hotel. Good value for money. The location was excellent, close to the South Bank and a pleasant easy walk into the city center
Stayed in Rydges in November for one night. I had been told we would be upgraded because of the internet package we had booked, but our room was on one of the lower floors, so we couldn't see the city view because of the buildings on the other side of the street. It was my mum's first night in Queensland and I wanted to show her the lovely views of Brisbane at night, but it didn't happen. This would be a good hotel to choose if your plans are to go to QPAC or the South Bank Parklands. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars underneath the apartment buildings in Grey Street.
The room was disappointing compared to other similiarly graded hotels where I have stayed in Australia. The bathroom was small and the room itself could have done with a good lick of paint.
Staff were helpful and courteous. Parking cost about $10 per night.
We also stayed in the Grand Chancellor at the end of our trip and found it much better value for money.
Stayed in a suite at this hotel. Quite spacious, good value for money (got it on special). Full balcony overlooking river. Superb location - Southbank market and shops on doorstep. Living area/kitchen had slightly spartan fit-out and bathroom was small. Gym was reasonable (weights and spa a strength), but other equipment old or not fully functional. Good breakfast. Would recommend hotel for location and general level of service. Would be particular value if obtain good deal. Have stayed in other Brisbane hotels and find this to be reasonable to good.