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September 6, 2009
September 24, 2002
As you walk on the plush carpets past the highly polished concierge's desk across to reception you will notice the grand stairway leading upstairs and the even grander ballroom. Once a year they turn this into the restaurant when One Eleven Spring is going through its annual spring clean.
If you arrive in the afternoon you may participate in their famous afternoon teas which are often served in the Grand Ballroom on three tiered silver stands with full siver tea service and finger sandwiches, scones and cream and delicious cakes.
If this is not to your liking then pop into their equally famous Cricketers Bar for a beer or stout off the tap or perhaps a Pimms or Gin and tonic.
At check-in request a Spring Street facing room. These are the cream of the hotel. There are only 3 floors and you will be amazed at the rabbit warren of corridors that lead to several hundred rooms in all. The rooms are beautifully and comfotably appointed.
Each time I have stayed at the Windsor (25+ visits), I have had a large room, separate dressing room, and well appointed bathroom with a separate bath. The furnishings are pretty old worlde style. each room has tea and coffee facilities and a well stocked bar.
Room service is excellent. They do finger sandwiches, shepherds pies, sausages and mash as well as the normal burger through to exotic cuisine and grills. Your meal is wheeled in by a waiter in gloves and tails and served silver service style even if it is just the sandwiche a milkshake and fruit.
All rooms have inhouse movies and you can connect to the Internet. There is a tiny gym on the third floor and I love it because hardly anyone uses it.
Breakfast is usually included with your rate, and you may select from buffet or full a la carte. They have honey combs, fresh raspberries and pancakes along with the normal fare and of course silver tea and coffee service.
There are conference facilities and we have used these very effectively for a customer function.
The rack rate is $280-$350 but if you search sites such as Last Minute Deals you may pick up a special for around $220 inc breakfast.
The Windsor truly is a favourite hotel of mine and I always feel pampered.
Located in the centre of Melbourne you are very close to shops, restaurants, bars, casino, clubs, parks, theatre, movies, museums, art gallery ad railway. It is easy to walk to the trams or the Yarra and Southbank.
From journal Exploring Melbourne