The Windsor An Oberoi Hotel

, Melbourne, Australia
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The Windsor An Oberoi Hotel

, Melbourne
5 star

Rooms: 180

103 Spring Street - Melbourne - Victoria - 3000 - Australia | 03 9633 6000
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from MidnightMint
My partner was sent to Melbourne on a 2 night business trip, and I accompanied him. We stayed at The Windsor. Im not sure what the hotel rates were, as it was paid for by the employer. The outside of the building is beautiful, and it is central to a few sightseeing landmarks, CBD shops and restaurants. As soon we walked in to check-in, we felt a bit uncomfortable about being young (20's), and looking casual/slightly 'alternative'; as all the other guests in the lobby were 50's-60's or dressed in business attire. Never the less, the check-in staff, doorman and concierge were very professional and polite. The lift and hallways are very old fashioned, and perhaps a little less fancy than you'd expect for the price and reputation. The room was small (and we were staying in one of the higher room categorys) but attractively furnished. The bathroom was big, clean and lovely. The room was complete with a walk-in wardrobe, ironing board and iron, large desk and broadband socket. We ordered room service one night - it was nice (but not wonderful) food. The older Indian gent who wheeled in our room service cart was very professional and made you feel spoiled. I really enjoyed staying here, though it certainly isnt geared towards young couples. I'd highly recommend it for older tourists (late 40's and above), or as a Senior's romantic getaway hotel. The Windsor hosted regular "Who Dunnit" style murder mystery nights, as well as high tea in their ballroom. I peeked at the ballroom through their glass doors and it looked spectacular. I wish we had timed our trip to coincide with their high tea. I managed to break the lid on my newly bought massage oil when I was leaving, and the concierge insisted that he take care of it for me, and he did a very good job of trying to seal the bottle.

One for the nostalgia buffs

from MsC1
Stayed at the Windsor for one night. It is less centrally located than other hotels in the CBD, but not overly so. I stayed in a superior king room, which is recommended over the standard room (a bit cramped and dark in comparison).

When I arrived at the hotel at about 8.30pm, there were very few staff on duty, hence things were a bit slow eg room service arrived about 1/2 hour late. Room service breakfast the next day was also late. The worst aspect of the service was the reservations clerk - totally unprofessional over the phone. Overall, I would expect better from a 5 star hotel.

Whilst my colleague likened the experience to staying with someone's grandmother, the Windsor does have character which is lacking in many hotels. This is reflected in the original features, furniture and soft furnishings. Note that the room door is an original feature, and hence isn't very secure. Thankfully, the bathroom has been modernised. The room was clean and had nice touches such as complimentary bottled water, Aveda toiletries and newspaper.

Given the service issues, I wouldn't recommend the Windsor for business travellers, but leisure travellers (say 45+?) may enjoy the experience more.

Too Expensive and not worth it

from victoria60
Stayed for two nights. Had always wanted to stay at the Windsor as had been viewed as the best in Melbourne for many years.

We were very disappointed, the entire place could do with a good update and lots of repairs. We had the Victoria Suite with two bedrooms, lounge and dining but we thought it was dark and dingy, not as clean as expected. The furniture was old but not beautiful and needed a good polish. The door lock was broken, bedspread looked dirty, tables dusty and you need all the lights on all the time as it's so dark. Breakfast is $35.00 each and was not up to standard, the food looked like it had been there from the day before. They ask $28.00 for valet parking for 24 hours.

When we arrived at 3.00pm our room wasn't ready.

I think you would get better value in a modern hotel. The Windsor isn't worth the money. I'm sure we could have stayed in a lovely modern room for half the price for the same service. There wasn't even anyone at the door when we arrived. Very sloppy

On the positive, the staff were efficient and friendly, but this is the only good thing I have to say about it. Would never stay again.

Old fashioned charm

from dinnikate
We recently returned for 3 nights at the Windsor Hotel
(last stayed there 10 years ago) Great hotel with oldfashioned appeal, close to city centre. Staff were extremely helpful, especially Nathan on the concierge desk. Made use of the free tram, available just outside the entrance.

Classic

from spbyrne
We stayed at the Windsor for four nights at a great per night price, got an upgrade to a huge deluxe room and enjoyed the romantic views out onto the Victorian Parliament House and Spring Street. The Windsor may not have all the trappings of more modern minimalist establishments (and there are plenty of those in Melbourne minus the trappings as well!). But you can't fault the room and general friendly service at front and back of the house, pitch dark blackout curtains, the 12 foot high celings, the marble bathrooms and the great breakfast deal you should take in your room, complete with well starched table linen. We're making it the place de rigeur next time we're in Melbourne.

f prefer modern and fancy ;-)

from Kiwitraveler
Took my wife to the Windsor in January 2006 for 4 nights. Melbourne was great! Vibrant city with tons of shopping and lots to do. The hotel was nice in the sense that the reception and concierge staff were very helpful and friendly. The beakfast buffet was good, but nothing to write home about. The room was realtively spacious, but the furnishings were not of my taste and a bit old-fashioned, although clean and tidy. The entire hotel itself has a very dark, drab feel to it, even in the light of day. We stayed there because it was listed as 5 star luxury, if you want 5 star luxury, chose a nice, new, modern, contemporary hotel; if you want to feel a little nostalgic, this isn't a horrible hotel, but probably more like 3-4 star as far as the hotel itself is concerned.

Enjoyed the Windsor

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Windsor on November 21th 2005.
We enjoyed our stay. It is a older Hotel.
One of the last of the Grand Hotels. I found
the staff very friendly and our room was a
superior room, it was fairly large. I stayed
at this hotel for the experience. The ballroom
was beautiful, yes they have afternoon tea.
It is a old hotel, like the Fairmont in Vancouver.
I would stay their again, just keep in mind
this is a old hotel with lots of history and
beauty.

tired

from helro
Definatley not value for money. small rooms. lots of noise, window views of other rooms, $6.00 coffees and $35 breakys (each), save your money and stay elsewere, as we will be next time, better hotels available that are true 5 star

Good house, let down by appalling dining

from A TripAdvisor Member
On a business trip I needed a retreat and service. The hotel staff were obliging and cheerful; the room was large, clean and inviting and the bathroom was excellent - large and clean with all the expected trimmings.
Room service was prompt and the meal was hot but it did NOT match the menu description. Weekend breakfast buffet in the dining room was cold, overcooked and coagulated. Weekday breakfast was lukewarm and overcooked and staff seemed not to know that a full breakfast had been pre-booked for each day. Dinner was worse. Although there were only two tables and six people seated, it took 10 minutes for me to be given a table and another 40 minutes for a lukewarm, overcooked meal to arrive. The bread was stale and, when everything else is wrong, one notices the grubby marks on the chairs and the chipped veneer on the table.
Although the accommodation was very nice and the location convenient, it was totally spoiled by the inconvenience of having to find meals elsewhere. It is also very unpleasant being charged for rubbish.
This Hotel was part of Melbourne's heritage and it is very disappointing to see it fall so far from its historical reputation. Please fix it.

Good staff, awful food....

from Travebug
I had been wanting to stay here for 5 years, so I guess I built up in my mind a hotel that did not exsist! Having stayed at the Palliser in Calgary, we expected a lot of simalarites - alas, there were none. Our breakfast at $35 a head consisted of a meagre choice of luke warm and stale hot foods. The pillow menu did exsist - at a cost of $70 per pillow! Our room was small with a very hard bed, and the bathroom not much better - I have never seen such a small shallow bath, even though there was room for a decent size one. We couldn't open our windows, which was a shame, as our room was hot and stuffy due to the heating, and we couldn't turn it down. Save your dollars, and stay somewhere else.

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  • Address: 103 Spring Street - Melbourne - Victoria - 3000 - Australia
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