Something of a nostalgic return to a hotel I remember so well as a child, however this grand old lady with her superb location and rich history seems to be trading a little too obviously on her name and faded charms, assuming all else will be forgiven.
We had only one night in a smallish but reasonably appointed double room. The decor is a little tired and tatty however the bed was comfort itself. my only real gripe is that we could not open the window even a crack so had to rely on the dreaded air conditioning. One of my pet hates, but that's another story.
Breakfast was adequate but unremarkable and the coffee insipid, a crime indeed in a city that prides itself as the coffee capital of Australia. Service was gracious and correct and of the old school and the general atmosphere was equally gracious and correct.
The location is about as special as it can get and you can expect to walk to just about everything of interest in this wonderful inner city precinct.
All in all a pleasant stay but I find it difficult to equate the overall experience with the fairly steep tariff.
- 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