This was my third stay at the Windsor and, as I stepped out of the taxi and saw the smiling, jolly doorman, I instantly switched into holiday mode. The staff are clearly very well-chosen; they anticipate your needs and nothing is to too much trouble. Everything is done with a graciousness that so often eludes us in modern life and while travelling. I don't know quite how they do it, but they make you feel that you are the most important guest in the hotel.
The rooms are lovely. If you favour minimalist decor, The Windsor is not for you. If, however, you are after a nurturing, comfortable and elegant room, look no further. The beds ensure a great night's sleep and there is a wide range of pillows to choose from. I like the one that's provided on arrival the best and on this last visit I combined it with an aromatherapy pillow - and felt very spoilt!
The rooms have high ceilings and are very spacious, rare in more modern accommodation. The public areas are magnificent. The breakfast is a delight.
The location is ideal if you want to stay in the city. The free tourist tram passes out the front every 15 or 20 minutes and does the loop around the CBD. I haven't used it yet as I find I can walk to just about everywhere. There are plenty of restaurant/cafe choices withing walking distance with Pellegrini's Cafe and The Italian Society restaurant just around the corner in Bourke Street being my favourites, along with various excellent Chinese restaurants a few minutes walk away in Chinatown. The Rod Laver Tennis Centre is about 15 minutes walk away; no need for a taxi.
I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Melbourne and staying at the Windsor. It's my home away from home.
- 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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