Steeped in history, Australia’s constitution was actually drafted at the hotel between February and March 1898, a fact that impressed me no end. The hotel has twice been recognised by Condé Nast UK for its service and was included in the Top 18 Hotels in the World for Best Service. It’s no wonder then that the Hotel Windsor has welcomed the likes of Vivien Leigh, Sir Laurence Olivier, Muhammad Ali and Kylie Minogue through its doors. To say I was looking forward to my stay is a massive understatement!
As I was only in Melbourne for a whistle stop stay, location was key for me. Enjoying a super central location, the Hotel Windsor is right in the heart of the city and opposite Parliament House and a short walk to the main shopping streets, Federation Square, Southbank arts precinct and pretty much all there is to see in Melbourne. There’s also a train station and tram stop a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and despite the cold I hopped on the tram down to St Kilda beach, experiencing a lovely tram journey through Melbourne city centre.
Now, onto the best part - the room. One of the best reasons to stay at a Victorian era hotel is the spacious accommodation. My pet hate is walking through a swish, spacious lobby only to be faced with a hotel room that barely has room to shuffle around the bed. I don’t tend to stay in hotel rooms for too long but it’s nice to be able to relax and not feel claustrophobic! Luckily, Hotel Windsor’s rooms are spot on and there’s more than enough space to swing a cat. As well as a vast bedroom and huge bathroom, I also had a walk-in-wardrobe/storage room too. The room was so lovely and welcoming that I was loathed to leave the room and actually ended up cutting a night on the tiles short to cosy up in bed and watch the telly!