We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Keep it old”
Review of The Hotel Windsor

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 11 more sites!
The Hotel Windsor
Ranked #29 of 160 Hotels in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Keep it old”
Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

I love original tiles and architecture in this place. We really enjoyed High Tea in beautiful dining room. We were upgraded to Superior double Queen room which one was very clean and plenty room to move. It was a very memorable stay.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Gina G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Madam,

A memorable review as well if I might say. Thank you.

The original tessellated floor tiles were only rediscovered under carpet in the last 30 years. Restoration of these 130 year old gems and the magnificent architecture is almost as important to us as the care of our most valued guests.

Thank you for your kind words,

The pleasure was ours.

Yours faithfully,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

7,903 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    4,382
    2,325
    848
    236
    112
See reviews for
1,121
4,260
586
1,138
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (592)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2013

I stayed here for just one night on a recent business trip to Melbourne. The hotel has an amazing old world charm.. Beautifully restored, well located and very comfortable.enjoyed dinner in the restaurant. The menu is not extensive however there is sure to be something to suit all tastes.
Highly recommended

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank cfq_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Dear Madam,

That sounds wonderful. Thank you so much.

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Windsor experience. The charm of the Windsor is well known in this fine city and I am glad to see that with so many great restaurants in town the very high standards here are winning new customers and adding to the hotel’s reputation.

Until next time, I remain,

Yours faithfully,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bundaberg, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Beautifully restored circa 1883, and well located to explore Melbourne, we could not fault the excellent service or accommodation at the Windsor. We enjoyed our beautiful superior room with complimentary champagne on arrival to celebrate this grand old hotel's 130th birthday.

The whole look and feel is, in a word, 'gracious'. From the harpist playing in the foyer, to the beautifully upholstered leather lounges, to the lovely old paintings and nick knacks, it was a pleasure to sit and dream of ladies and gentlemen dressed in their fine attire, attending balls at the hotel around the turn of the century.

Unfortunately we did not have time to dine at the Windsor, but a quick peak into the dining room and at the menu assured us we would not have been disappointed, either in quality or value for money.

Our three night stay at the Windsor couldn't have been more perfect. We would highly recommend this Grand Lady.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank sandylem
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Dear Madam,

Your review is both gracious and generous. Thank you so much.

Your comments on our service shall be appreciated by the team whilst all here will be delighted to know that the experience was so well received.

The Windsor is unique and we all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you both back soon.

Until that time, I remain,

Yours faithfully,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

Our stay at the Windsor was highlighted by the amazing service of the staff - they were super helpful at all times. Our room was well appointed with one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. Thanks for a great stay

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank RobHelen02
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear Sir and Madam…..Rob and Helen,

The team will be thrilled to read your comments on service. Thank you

Our beds meanwhile can be purchased – something to bear in mind when you decide that you are in need of a new one. These will be available via our online store shortly and can be purchased through the hotel now.

Until next time, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank AussieWestCoasters
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you for your kind words. Apologies for the challenges with heating. This should not have been the case and I would ask readers that if any service appears less than perfect to alert reception so we can address it immediately.

Our central location should not present additional challenges with taxi fares to city hotels.
Hoping that we can tempt you into our restaurant for dinner on your next visit. The food is seriously good.

Warmest regards to you and your family over in sunny Perth.

Yours faithfully,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Windsor is well positioned, located within walking distance to many theatres, opposite Parliament, and Tram stop out front. (including the free hop on hop off red tourist loop tram). There are beautiful parks nearby, so going for a stroll is lovely. Take a walk through Fitzroy gardens, try the coffee at the café and sit on the lawn. Back at The Windsor Hotel, the building and rooms have character, the only complaint is that we didn't have opening windows, a shame, because Melbourne has lovely breezes and clean air. There is free WiFi, and the room service was good. Tried the high tea, which although nice, didn't actually serve the items listed on the menu. In Room breakfast menu was limited, there are lots of nearby cafe's to choose from if you prefer something like spinach and poached eggs (as I do). Parking is expensive ($45/day) but secure. There is a Pillow menu to choose whichever you prefer, but I'm afraid we still didn't sleep so well, not sure why - maybe too hot, as we couldn't control air conditioning. Would I stay there again? definitely yes, not only is the building special, the staff were lovely.

Room Tip: Ask about opening windows. The fixed windows and limited air conditioning control can be annoying if...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Teresa W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Dear Ms W…Teresa,

Thank you for your comments.

Next time you stay please mention your preference for fresh air as the vast majority of rooms and suites have windows that open – we simply need to un lock them.

To be honest I am at a loss as to why our afternoon tea menu was not accurate unless a dietary request had been made. Then again it was good to see that your enjoyed Free wi fi – a service that is not always included but can be found when booking on the link at the top of this page.

Glad to hear that we may look forward to the pleasure of your company when next you take off from Paris heading for Melbourne.

Until then, I remain,

Yours sincerely,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

I was thrilled to be able to stay at such an elegant and fine older establishment for a night in Melbourne - modern hotels will never have the sense of place, and warmth of a hotel like this. I found the service immaculate, the dining very nice and the room lovely, comfortable and roomy, if in need of a bit of brightening. Everyone should stay in a hotel of this era for the experience I think!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank JannLeonie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DavidGAPerry, Manager at The Hotel Windsor, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
Dear Ms Leonie…Jann,

What can I say?

Thank you.

Hoping to welcome you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

David
David G.A. Perry
Chief Executive Officer
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Melbourne hotels
Southbank
The Langham
The Langham
#5 of 160 in Melbourne
5,486 reviews
Central Business District
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Central Business District
Alto Hotel on Bourke
Alto Hotel on Bourke
#11 of 160 in Melbourne
1,517 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Park Hyatt Melbourne
#7 of 160 in Melbourne
2,660 reviews
Central Business District
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
Central Business District
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Hotel Windsor? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Hotel Windsor

Property: The Hotel Windsor
Address: 111 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#20 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
#21 Business Hotel in Melbourne
#28 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Hotel Windsor 5*
Number of rooms: 180
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Cheap Tickets, Ctrip TA, Agoda, Travelocity, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your The Hotel Windsor reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Windsor Hotel Melbourne

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing