The Hotel Windsor
- Room Type : Traditional Room
- Stay Nights : 3 nights
- Stay Num : 2 people
A classic hotel with the longest history in Australia "The Hotel Windsor" is a 5 star hotel attracting both domestic and foreign tourists since its establishment in 1883. Both exterior and interior stand out with the exquisite Victorian style design. It is said that many celebrities such as George Harrison of The Beatles, Meryl Streep from "The Devil Wears Prada", Daniel Radcliffe from the "Harry Potter" series and have stayed at this long-established hotel. No wonder why it has been acknowledged as the symbolic hotel among hotels in Melbourne. Unlike the modern Melbourne town, we were able to spend a classical relaxing time in this hotel so let us introduce this hotel.
The Hotel Windsor Elegant Victorian style exterior entrance and front desk
We can feel the style of a well-established hotel right from the entrance. It faces the main street named Spring Street, but there is not much traffic and there is always a quiet and calm atmosphere.
There were always a couple of doormen standing by the entrance.
The lobby is small in size, but it has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Doorman and staff are friendly and the they greet us with smile every time we meet.
Moving along the lobby, you can see a front desk.
The elegant chandeliers and the red wine carpet create gorgeousness.
What are the rooms like in the Hotel Windsor's Traditional Room?
When you get off the elevator, the hallway leading to your room spreads to your left and to your right. Paintings hanging in the hallway are also wonderful.
The Hotel Windsor is a four-story building, wide in length. One elevator is available on each floor and you may feel that the elevator is a bit far from the room depending on the room you are staying at.
When you open the door, a queen size bed jumps into your eyes. The design of the curtain is elegant in a classical atmosphere. Indirect lighting is not too dark and it is moderately bright.
The bed was soft, and the sheets and covers had smooth textures.
Sightseeing guides etc. in Melbourne city were on the desk. Wi-Fi is also provided and you can get its ID and password at the front desk.
The golden outlet does not work just by plugging in. You need to turn on the switch. (the photo shows "on").
The air conditioner was placed on the floor.
There are various buttons for remote controller, but temperature can be easily adjusted by WARMER (raising the temperature) or COOLER (lowering the temperature) buttons on the upper right of the remote controller.
In the closet, there is a storage desk and a rack where you can hang your clothes on. A cafe bar and a refrigerator were also provided in the closet. Because there was no safety box, we carried all the valuables.
Iron and ironing board are also in the closet so it is not a big deal even you have wrinkled clothes in the suitcase. It is also nice that an umbrella is offered in case it rains.
The drawer of the TV stand was convenient for storage.
The Hotel Windsor Cafe Bar
Electric kettle, glasses, wine, spirits and snacks are lined up.
Two sets of coffee cup and saucer are prepared. There was decaffeinated coffee as well.
Milk available for coffee was neither powder nor fresh cream, it was a normal milk. It is a single-use size. About six pieces are always stocked in the refrigerator at all times and will replenish when it runs out.
Beer, wine, coke, juice, and water are equipped. However, make sure you don't drink the water assuming that it is for free. No complimentary water was available.
The Hotel Windsor Bathroom and amenities
There is a bathroom as you open the door opposite the bed. Marble is used abundantly and you can spend elegant moments there.
A washbasin with a large mirror. The washbowl is compactly in place .
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body cream, toothbrush (with toothpaste), shower cap, sanitary bag, sewing set were prepared. Shampoos are from Serendipity, and they have fruity and refreshing fragrance.
The built-in dryer has strong wind pressure, and the hair got dry at once.
A bath with a shower inside the bathtub. The shower is fixed type, so it can not be removed. However, the water pressure was relatively strong and we did not feel frustrated.
A bathtub with a sense of size that is not too wide and not too narrow. You can relax by extending your legs.
The washlette function is not attached to the toilet but it was clean and clear.
Elegant time at The Hotel Windsor breakfast buffet
We will have a buffet breakfast at the restaurant on the lobby floor.
Interior with classy and heavy atmosphere.
Just for your information, the restaurant of The Hotel Windsor is also famous for afternoon tea. It is a perfect space to have an elegant time.
Fruits, salmon, hams, sausages, scrambled eggs, and so on are available for breakfast.
There was a wide selection of cereals such as oatmeal's porridge, muesli, rice pudding as well.
The bread was also rich in variety.
"Vegemite" in the middle of the lower row is a seasoning which is said to be very popular in Australia. It is fermented vegetables and has a distinctive salty taste. People in Australia spread it on toast and eat.
Fruits are cut into bite size and easy to eat.
Place the whole deli on a plate. There are not many kinds, but all are committed to quality and taste.The sweetness of baked tomato, exquisite frying state of spinach saute, chewy and soft mushroom were particularly wonderful.
The Hotel Windsor Hotel Surroundings
The hotel is located in the center of Melbourne, facing the main street, but in relatively quiet and relaxing area. There are also many restaurants, etc., and it is a good neighborhood.
There is a tram stop in front of the hotel, which will take you around the city. Everyone can ride for free and it is convenient for shopping and sightseeing. Retro design is cute.
In addition to the tram, there is a train station in front of the hotel. To get on the train it is necessary to purchase the IC card called "myki card".
There is Seven Eleven, open 24 hours a day, 3 minutes walking distance from the hotel. They do not sell daily necessities and alcohol, but it is convenient when it comes to buying snacks and drinks.
The Hotel Windsor Access
You can take the airport bus from Melbourne Airport, get off at Southern Cross station and get to the hotel in 5 minutes by free tram from there, but the taxi is easier. It was $56 by taxi from Melbourne Airport to the hotel.
The Hotel Windsor Staff
Every staff was very kind and friendly. We were impressed when they handed us an umbrella at the entrance when it started to rain as we left the hotel.
The Hotel Windsor Customers
Of the customers, 70% of them seemed Australian tourists from outside Melbourne, or businessmen. Hotel Windsor seems to be a popular hotel for Australians as well. We had an impression that the remaining 30% was tourists from all over the world.
The Hotel Windsor Summary
The price is indeed reasonable for the 5-star long-established hotel. There is no pool and gym, and breakfast menu is not so rich in variety so there may be people who feel a little unsatisfactory. For better or worse, there is nothing that makes us feel inconvenient due to its oldness, but the experience of stay where you can taste elegance as if you were a nobleman is not quite possible at other hotels. Access is perfect and it is a very good location for sightseeing in Melbourne. You can even walk to a certain extent. As Australia’s oldest historical hotel, there was a movie shooting for Melbourne tourism PR (there was a day when there were large camera settings and shooting teams), and at the weekend a wedding party was held at the restaurant. Both in name and reality, we realized that it is a long-established hotel in Melbourne loved by locals.