Rydges South Bank Brisbane
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And so after departing from Jackie at the Ballina bus stop we reclined on the benches and soaked up the early morning sun. We’d had great fun at Leanne’s and we were in high spirits. After getting some breakfast from the supermarket we hopped onto the bus that would be taking us to Brisbane, the 3rd largest city in the country. The bus was packed and the leather seats had taken in the suns rays so it felt like we were sitting ...
... section was devoted to the history of the aborigines from this area. It spoke about the tribes, their way of life and their history over the years.
The State Library had an exhibition about animation and its connection to the history of Australian people.
Today being Sunday most of the attractions and businesses were closing by 4 or 5 o'clock so we decided to head for home.
... so what luxury. Our own little pod with full lying down, large screen, great service and food and drink. It made us forget how difficult the early part of the trip had been. We all slept for a few hours before touchdown at 10.30.
There was a bit of panic when all our names were called out to report to the baggage section but it was good to see our packs all lined up. Apparently they were put in the Business ...
... 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 ...
... to the river before returning to our cruise boat for the remainder of the journey.
What a fabulous way to see the whole of Brisbane City as well a number of the suburbs, hear about the passing sites and scenery and follow the complimentary Souvenir Map.
We disembark the boat and head straight to the Plough Inn where Tre negotiates a jug of beer for only $7 haha, only she could do this.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rydges South Bank Brisbane
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.