AHL has taken over popular boutique establishment Urban St Kilda in Melbourne, rebranding it a Rydges Hotel.

“After refreshing the Rydges brand midway through this year with a new look, feel and service offering coupled with free WiFi, it is great to expand the hotel chain in the Melbourne market with Rydges St Kilda,” said David Seargeant, Group Managing Director of AHL.

“This is a hotel which fundamentally fits our philosophies both through design and attitude.”

Rydges St Kilda marks the start of a big year for AHL, with the chain set to launch Atura Albury on January 30, Atura Dandenong in February and QT Bondi in the third quarter of 2015.

Only 200 metres from Melbourne’s premier inner-city beach, the Rydges St Kilda suits those leisure or corporate travellers seeking a unique high-value experience combined with relaxed, modern comforts with quirky edge.

Complete with conference facilities and chic restaurant and bar, this uniquely stylish hotel combines some unique hotel features with plenty of guest room perks.

With four unique room types, signature beds and the genuine Rydges service, unique offerings and top-shelf amenities combined with surprisingly affordable prices makes for an enjoyable and gratifying stay.

Guests at the new look Rydges St Kilda can also look forward to some of the standard Rydges Hotel offerings which will be progressively introduce throughout 2015 including:
-Free WiFi for all guests, whether visiting overnight or just for a coffee;
-A new ‘Rise Breakfast’ concept, which takes a nod from nutritionist recommendations around a healthful breakfast being the most important meal of the day. While still buffet-style in nature, the Rise Breakfast includes freshly-squeezed juice shots, made to order smoothies and juice blends, super healthy cereals and fresh fruit as well as a great range of hot options including eggs cooked to individual preference.
-In trademark AHL style, even the mini-bar has undergone a quirky designer overhaul with Rydges branded sweets, nibbles and potato crisps plus fun games and add-ons complimenting the overall offering;
-An expanded wine list showcasing a broader range of Australian and international varietals will cater to the more discerning taste buds; and
-Stylish new uniforms with a relaxed yet ultimately professional vibe.

No strangers to taking the lead with their hotel brands, AHL who also operate the multi-award winning hip QT Hotels and Resorts and new urban, industrial and art-inspired Atura Hotels.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management