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Monday 24 July 2023

Total makeover for Melbourne city hotel

One of the best-located hotels in Melbourne has reopened after being given a complete makeover.

Rydges Melbourne is in the heart of the city’s theatre district only moments from Collins Street boutiques, Chinatown, Melbourne Central and the Bourke Street Mall.

The hotel's transformation includes a technology fitout that features seamless online check-in, in-room streaming services, and apartments that feature sweeping city views.

Among the upgrades are:

* 370 refurbed rooms across three accommodation styles: 310 king standard rooms, 35 suites and 25 apartments with a kitchenette, laundry, and separate lounge/dining spaces.

* All rooms feature Rydges DreamBeds

* The new tech tech provides seamless and connected experiences throughout the property. Guests are able to check-in online from their mobile device or self-service kiosks. In-room TVs offer casting, room service and more.

* The property has one of Melbourne’s largest conference and event offerings, including 11 newly designed meeting areas across two levels. The largest space was previously Bobby McGee’s and is now a showcase ballroom. Level two is home to the new Rooftop Terrace with space and views.

* There is a modern and interactive fitness studio with the latest in fitness technology.
* Bossley Bar & Restaurant, located on the ground floor of the hotel, showcases locally sourced ingredients from around Victoria.

Troy Cuthbertson, Group General Manager, Hotel Operations Rydges (big title Troy), said: "Rydges Melbourne has been meticulously transformed to be a flagship for the brand. The Rydges brand is uniquely Australian owned and operated which is reflected in the design.

"From the warm and welcoming styled rooms, suites and new apartments experience that rival the best views in Melbourne, to the state-of-the-art technology and world-class facilities and events spaces, we have created a property that features more on every level.

"Guest feedback has already been extremely positive and the interest in our new conference and event spaces is strong. We are truly excited to bring this experience to the Australian market.”

Throughout the hotel is a collection of art curated by interior stylist Janet Graham, which celebrates the styles of various local artists.

You can visit the hotel’s website or ring (03) 9662 0511). Standard room rates start at $255 per night, which sounds reasonable for city centre accommodation. One I aim to check out. 

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