Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition St, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3000

Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition St, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3000

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Centrally located in Melbourne's heart, Rydges Melbourne is on the doorstep of many of Melbourne's best restaurants, bars, theatre precinct and sporting venues.

The hotel has 363 recently refurbished guest rooms and suites with a 4.5 star rating, all with cityscape views to the parklands and surrounding bays.

On-site facilities include 24-hour reception and room service, business centre, secure car parking, rooftop heated swimming pool and a nearby gym with complimentary access for guests.

The self-contained conference level (Level 1) of the hotel has 5 large conference rooms all featuring abundant natural light, state-of-the-art technology, contempory design and flexible room configurations. There is also a uniquely themed event venue, Bobby McGees, suitable for up to 500 guests.

For more intimate dinners, and private meetings or cocktail events, the Locanda Deli and Wine Bar is located at the rear of Locanda Restaurant where central to the room is a beautiful marble table, highlighted with a Venetian Chandelier.

Discounted secure undercover parking (subject to availability) is offered to conference/event guests.


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Venue Reviews

Smooth, efficient... you made what can be stressful, so much more pleasurable. Wonderful working with you!

"On behalf of the Board of Directors please pass on a big thank you and our gratitude to your team for all their help and support last week. The feedback from the delegates, speakers and exhibitors has been extremely complimentary and positive about how smoothly and efficiently everything ran last week. Every question or minor issue was followed up quickly, with everything resolved immediately. Your team, in our opinion went up and beyond what was ever expected.

Thank you for the beautiful rooms, wine, book, chocolates, coffee and drinks you provided to my team while we were at the hotel. You made what can be stressful and very long days, so much more pleasurable. It has been wonderful working with you over the past few months and I would be more than happy to reference our conference for you to any perspective clients. Thank you again for everything."

Daniel – IT Sector (200 delegates, 2 day residential conference)


Thankyou for organising everything so seamlessing at very short notice...

"I’d like to thank you for getting everything organised for us so seamlessly and at very short notice.

I really appreciate all your efforts and to your team, as our event for the 2 days went extremely well. As mentioned, if I have any other requirements in the future for conference facilities, I will definitely call you."

Jane – Telecommunications (60 delegates, 2 day residential conference)


Great room, audiovisual worked with out a hitch, fantastic service!

"Just wanted to thank both of you for helping to organise what was a very successful breakfast this morning. We had 41 people out of 46 attend and all seemed to enjoy their breakfast and the guest speaker.

The room was great, the audiovisual all worked without a hitch and please pass on my thanks to Mark and all the staff on the day for the fantastic service they provided.  We will definitely will be back in contact with you if we run the breakfast again next year. Thanks again."

Mark – Finance Sector (40 guests, Corporate Breakfast)

Venue Facilities

Name m2 U Shape Theatre Board Class Cabaret Banq Cocktail
Locanda Private Dining Room 52.5 - - - - - 60 80
42nd Street 103 40 110 45 36 72 70 110
Bobby McGee's Entertainment Lounge 445.50 18 300 20 18 175 200 500
Broadway 264 70 400 70 102 160 200 300
Carousel (1/3 Broadway) 93 30 100 35 36 64 70 110
Chicago (1/3 Broadway) 97 30 100 35 36 64 70 110
Chorus Line (1/3 Broadway) 74 25 90 30 30 56 66 100
Phantom 108 48 110 45 50 72 80 110
Gilbert Suite 13 - - 18 24 30 -
Locanda Deli & Private Dining Room combined - - - - - 74 110
Locanda Deli 37.5 - - - - - 14 30
MadMen Boardroom 23 - - 15 - - - -

Venue Accommodation

Total Rooms:
Total Beds:
Name Rooms Single Double Queen King Sofa En Suite Shared Bath
363 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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Rydges Melbourne

186 Exhibition St, MELBOURNE, Victoria 3000

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."


An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."


The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!