This week's stay at the Grand Dame of Melbourne was my 3rd in the space of 4 months and I really cannot imagine wanting to stay anywhere else in the city. The Windsor just reeks of the charm and elegance of a bygone age with its spacious lobby, high ceilings and original fittings. It is quirky and has a wonderfully solid feel to it - real walls rather than studwork.
The impressive structure and appointment aside, the Hotel Windsor boasts some of the most courteous, capable and efficient Front of House staff imaginable. From one of the Duty Managers, Mr d'Silva to Alfredo and Deeksha - and others - these professionals contribute to the comfort of a stay.....
An example - arriving on Sunday morning and needing my suit pressed for meetings on Monday, I found that the cut-off time for the out-sourced service was long past. No problem - calls to another hotel in the city ensured that my suit was collected, pressed and returned within a few hours. Now, for a hotel that is popular with a mix of tourists and business travellers, I found this to be exceptional - almost quaint.
The rooms in which I have stayed have high ceilings with very comfortable beds and with old fashioned bath fittings - just great
The Hotel Windsor is a wonderful edifice and its staff provide a quintessential taste of what service used to be..... As i said, why would I stay anywhere else in Melbourne?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Windsor is Australia’s most loved and recognised grand hotel. Built in 1883 during the Victorian era and pre-dating other notable hotels such as The Savoy, Waldorf Astoria, Ritz Paris and The Plaza Hotel, it set a benchmark for style, elegance, sophistication and charm which remains ever present today. The hotel is located in Melbourne’s most central and fashionable district. Its location is in close proximity to the corporate, financial and designer heart of Melbourne. Many of the city’s best theatres, landmark attractions and sporting venues are within a comfortable walking distance. The hotel is located 20km from Melbourne’s Domestic and International Airport, with a traveling time of between 20-45 minutes. Parliament train station and tram stops including the City Circle route are located at the hotel’s doorstep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Melbourne