Rydges South Bank possibly has the best location in Brisbane. The biggest deciding factor in selecting a good hotel is all about position, position, position.
The hotel is located next to GoMA, the Cultural Centre, Queensland State Library, the Performing Arts Complex. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is right behind. The hotel is within walking distance of the train and busway making it easy to get to the C.B.D. In the same suburb, you’ll find the popular South Bank strip of restaurants, cafes, bars, markets and gardens.
We decided to have a staycation in our home town and booked into a deluxe suite. We selected a room with river views, valet parking and buffet breakfast included.
Our room was spacious and modern with a dedicated area for people on business. There was a huge Samsung high definition TV in the living room and the bedroom. The shower was divine providing high pressure, but there’s also a large bath tub for chilling.
The high-speed Wi-Fi is complimentary and easy to set up. The room also included a well-stocked mini-bar, hairdryer, iron, ironing board and a digital safe.
The view from the balcony was a highlight. I was spoilt for photo opportunities of the Brisbane river and city.
Downstairs there is a fully equipped gym with a range of Lifestream machines, free weights and medicine balls. Next door is a super big spa bath and a large Scandinavian traditional style sauna.
You might like to take a dip or enjoy a cocktail at the Soleil Pool Bar. There is also a cafe on the ground floor.
We ducked into Bacchus Restaurant to try the cheese and wine experience. The cheese arrived on a trolley and we heard a little about how each were made, their flavours and origins. We selected a French buttery cheese, an Italian packed in grape must (it used to be hidden from the hungry soldiers in wine barrels) and an American cheese rubbed with espresso coffee. We paired them with a red and white wine as recommended by the sommelier.
Don’t miss our Interview with Massimo Speroni from Bacchus Restaurant.
The breakfast buffet is one of the best in the city. The selection of food is epic, with a generous section dedicated to gluten-free people. There is honey fresh from the honeycomb and a make your own fresh pancake machine. Condiments from Hanks, Beerenberg Farm and Bonne Maman are available in cute glass jars.
Rydges South Bank has finished it’s epic $30 million redevelopment, including refurbishing all of the 304 rooms and suites.
Tip: Don’t miss seeing the show-stopping 250kg crystal chandelier sparkle in the foyer.
About Rydges South Bank
Rydges South Bank boasts the very best location for a stay in Brisbane – neighbour to the city’s acclaimed GoMA, Cultural Centre, State Library and Queensland Performing Arts Complex; a breath away from the mighty Brisbane River and its wonderful walks; immersed in the heart of South Bank and it’s family of restaurants, bars, markets and open spaces, and just a bridge-walk away from the city centre and central business district, Rydges South Bank stands truly in the heart of the new Brisbane. The hotel has just completed a $30 million all-room upgrade.
Address: 9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
Phone: +61 7 3364 0800