My wife and daughter and I stayed overnight at this hotel last week after finding a 50% off special deal on the internet. Free WiFi was also included.
Our stay was pleasant, comfortable and quiet, the staff helpful and our 4th floor room at the end of the corridor was well furnished and had a nice bathroom and walk in robe. Our only complaint was the air conditioning didn’t function properly. We turned it up to maximum heat but were still cold during the night.
The hotel has obviously seen better days and with a guest list that has included numerous world leaders, film stars and top sportsmen one wonders if it would attract this level of guest these days.
The location is excellent though it is quite an expensive run by taxi from the airport (ours was $73 around 11am on a Thursday).
The front desk staff kindly arranged an early check-in for us at no charge after we advised them the previous day that we wanted to check-in at 1pm. They also extended our check-out to 11am which was excellent too.
We didn’t eat at the hotel but had a wonderful lunch a couple of hundred metres down the road at Frederico’s hotel. At night we had a delicious meal at The Spaghetti Tree restaurant, which is just a 5 minute walk away down Bourke Street. We’d recommend both.
Overall we were satisfied and enjoyed our visit to what was once one of Australia’s finest but we wouldn’t pay the rack rate for it.
- 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