Rydges Melbourne to re-open with expanded meeting spaces

Rydges Melbourne has re-opened after an extensive transformation.

Rydges Melbourne will reopen by mid-year after completing a major transformation across its 370 rooms, nine newly created conference and meeting spaces and new signature restaurant.

The new Rydges flagship property will feature 370 fully refurbished rooms including 310 king standard rooms, 35 suites and the addition of 25 apartments.

The property will also offer one of Melbourne’s largest conference and event venues following the addition of nine newly created spaces, spanning 1,500 sqm across two levels.


The additional spaces include a large room that can be converted into three smaller spaces which open onto the newly created Rooftop Terrace, an expansive outdoor area overlooking Her Majesty’s Theatre and Chinatown, and a ballroom space with ceilings of nearly 7 metres.

“This is a key city asset in the EVT property portfolio and in transforming the property we wanted to ensure we could unlock the value of previously underutilised spaces and better reflect the new direction for the Rydges brand as truly local,” said Jane Hastings, CEO at EVT.


“The legendary Bobby McGees, which closed last year, has been converted into an impressive ballroom space with soaring ceilings of nearly 7 metres.

“The additional new conference spaces that open out to an expansive veranda, was previously an unused low-level rooftop.”

“We cannot wait to welcome customers to the property in the new year.”