luxe - The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
Written by Adrian Erdedi
Opulence and timeless elegance has made The Hotel Windsor the only true grand hotel in Australia since it opened in 1883.
Majestically situated opposite the manicured Treasury Gardens and Victoria’s State Parliament House on the fringe of the central business district, The Hotel Windsor and its charming old world grandeur are unrivalled by anything else in Melbourne. The lavish foyer with its rich colours, sumptuous Chesterfield armchairs, and magnificent late-Victorian grand architecture provide the perfect warm welcome.
Rooms and suites are built from the finest materials and furnished with antiques and original art; it’s like stepping back into the mansions of yesteryear. Traditional high ceilings, ornate cornicing, and marble bathrooms combine effortlessly with Internet technology and chic amenities. Guests can select from 10 different pillows on the ‘pillow menu’, guaranteeing a perfect night’s sleep.
For the award-winning signature restaurant, 111 Spring Street, Executive Chef Jérôme Trémoulet's menus feature French-inspired modern Australian cuisine. The hotel also operates, on the corner of Bourke and Spring Streets, the stylish Wallis & Ed restaurant – cheekily named after Edward, Prince of Wales (who was, briefly, King Edward VIII) and his American wife, Wallis Simpson.
A classic experience at The Hotel Windsor is the afternoon tea. A gourmet assortment of ribbon sandwiches, delicious baked scones, a splendid variety of French pastries and cakes – and more – are all served at your table on a three-tiered silver stand. Be sure to save a couple of hours for this sophisticated afternoon delight savouring delicate flavours in plush surroundings. Held in the main restaurant, afternoon tea is served at two sittings, at 12 noon and 2.30pm; for weekends, bookings are recommended at least three weeks in advance.