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The Hotel Windsor Melbourne, with its history enriched in the city’s culture often features in local and national media. The list below features our Melbourne hotel’s most recent coverage.
- May 11, 2015
Mother's Day Lunches and High Teas - Time Out Magazine, Melbourne
The Windsor Hotel hosts arguably Melbourne's most famous high tea: they served the first in 1883, and they're masters of the craft. This year, as well as the usual delights associated with high tea – soft scones, finger sandwiches, sparkling wine and an extensive tea menu – all mums will be treated to a special dessert. Melbourne.February 12, 2015
A World Cup cricket memory of Melbourne
With cricket fever about to hit Melbourne thanks to the arrival of the ICC World Cup, a City of Melbourne employee wound back the clock to reminisce about the last time our great city hosted the iconic tournament.October 18, 2014
Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor Named Australasia’s Leading Hotel in Prestigious World Travel Awards
Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor has won the title of Australasia’s Leading Hotel in the 21st annual World Travel Awards.
The award was announced overnight at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Gala Ceremony in Delhi, India. The Windsor is also now in the running for the title of World’s Leading Hotel, to be announced in late November.July 23, 2014
Public to Marvel as VCA Artists Transform Historic Windsor
Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students will transform Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel into a public gallery while vying for The Windsor Art Award, a $10 000 scholarship recognising Australia’s best emerging talent.June 20, 2014
High Tea with a twist at The Windsor Hotel bar
The Hotel Windsor's chandeliered dining room is synonymous with dainty pinkie-finger-extended afternoon tea. But step next door into the Bradman-wallpapered Cricketers Bar and an alternative to the traditional dainty tiered tea stand is on offer.June 12, 2014
The pitfalls of fame; Prada takes a hit; Windsor Hotel’s artistic side
THE grand dame of Melbourne, The Windsor Hotel, has a package tied in with an exhibition of works by Victorian College of the Arts students across its public spaces, including the iron-lace lifts and classic tea lounge. Commencing on Melbourne Day, August 30, and valid to September 14, the Marvel at the Windsor deal includes accommodation in a historic Victorian suite or deluxe room, private tour of the exhibition works and breakfast; from $559 a night for two (suite) or $399 (deluxe room).May 22, 2014
How to make the perfect finger sandwich
Finger sandwiches are synonymous with afternoon tea. They are often the only savoury component and have their own dedicated tea stand tier.
The afternoon tea tradition is widely attributed to the seventh Duchess of Bedford who, in the 1840s, indulged in bread and butter, tea and treats to tide her over between lunch and a late dinner. Afternoon tea is still a social occasion, with conversation paused briefly by nibbling dainty ribbon sandwiches and bite-sized petits fours.
A DISTINGUISHED GUEST
I am all for a little luxury. After extended press trips I often get home and throw my towels on the ground only to realize no one will replace them with fresh ones. It is rude awakenings such as these that have led me to believe that reality is overrated. If I could live in my five star bubble permanently….I would.
My latest five star venture took me to The Windsor in Melbourne. I knew the Windsor by reputation. The name itself conjures up images of old world elegance, of ladies who lunch and a by gone era when class and distinction where of upmost importance. Certainly when The Windsor was first built in 1883 it embodied all these things and more. It was the destination for Melbournes’s socialites and the hotel of choice for dignitaries & celebrities such as Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep and Sir Richard Branson. I look forward to the day when they add Tempting Alice to their distinguished guest list – hurrah!March 12, 2014
Chinese New Year helps lift visitor numbers
Hoteliers benefited from Chinese New Year in late January, not only from increased Asian arrivals but also from extra European and British travellers.
Hong Kong holiday-maker arrivals were up 81 per cent on January 2013 numbers. Malaysian travellers increased nearly 68 per cent and those from Singapore rose nearly 59 per cent, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday.
Tourism & Transport Forum chief executive Ken Morrison said the data showed how influential Chinese New Year was on travel demand.March 01, 2014
Hotel Windsor set for $325m makeover
It is Australia's last grand hotel, has hosted royalty, prime ministers and movie stars and is one of the oldest Victorian-era hotels operating in the world.
Melbourne's Windsor Hotel was once somewhere that mattered - a $325million redevelopment plans to make it matter againMarch 01, 2014
$325m revamp to expand Hotel Windsor
INDONESIA’S Halim Group is pressing ahead with the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor. It will spend $325 million expanding the hotel’s rooms by more than one hundred in one of the nation’s largest hotel re-construction projects.February 14, 2014
Windsor Hotel Records Best Ever Occupancy; Points to Outstanding Outlook for 2014 and Beyond
Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel enjoyed its highest ever monthly occupancy in January this year.
Windsor Hotel CEO David Perry said the 94.2 per cent occupancy rate, compared to 84.2 per cent for January 2013, was reflective of very robust market conditions and pointed to solid growth potential for Melbourne CBD hotels in 2014 and beyond. He said the trend is continuing into February.
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Windsor Hotel breakfast buffet gets the boot
It's out with the breakfast buffet and in with a la carte brekkies at the Hotel Windsor. Recently appointed executive chef Joel Alderson is determined to give the grand dame a gentle shake-up, so it can compete with other CBD restaurants.January 17, 2014
eTravel Business News
The Hotel Windsor is partnering with the Melbourne Zoo in the competition to name the new baby elephant.
Open to Zoo members, everyone voting will go into the draw to win a family stay in a Grand Victorian Suite at Melbourne’s famous Windsor Hotel, inclusive of the hotel’s fabulous traditional afternoon tea.
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- November 4, 2013
As part of its 130th anniversary celebrations, the Hotel Windsor has looked to the menus of 1883 for its high tea menu, updating the dishes with a thoroughly modern twist. Five dainty eclairs feature on the tiered cake stands. The lemon meringue has a tart lemon curd filling, white chocolate glaze and a cloud-like Italian meringue.
Click here for complete articleOctober 28, 2013
Open House Food Magazine - A right spectacle
The festive season kicks off proper in December, with may in the corporate world looking to reward their employess and celebrate another year by booking Chritmas functions in the lead up to the big day. Chritmas Day itself is a chance for some venues to pull out the stops and showcase the fresh produce and easy living that summer in the soutern hemisphere is all about.
Click Here to view the complete article onlineOctober 2, 2013
The Holiday and Travel Magazine
On a recent visit to Melbourne I had the pleasure of being a guest at The Hotel Windsor for two nights.
I was immediately absorbed with the grand Victorian architecture of the hotel building. The porter greeted me as I hopped of the shuttle bus and carried my bags inside to the impressive lobby, with comfy traditional seating, fresh flowers, a grand piano and original Ernest Buckmaster historic paintings.September 28, 2013
The Windsor Hotel Melbourne Afternoon Tea
The Windsor Hotel in Melbourne has been serving afternoon tea since 1883, and in 2010 reached a major milestone: they served their 2 millionth afternoon tea. So what is it that has people coming? As a regular visitor I believe it’s the grandeur, opulence, history, and elegance of the hotel. Coupled with a wonderful afternoon tea of course.
I have enjoyed the hotel’s weekday afternoon tea many times before, but it was an honour to be invited to review the weekend version, which includes a dessert buffet.August 20, 2013
Melbourne’s Historic Windsor Lights Up the City in Celebration of its 130th Anniversary and The Windsor Art Award
It was a sight to behold as one of the world’s oldest Grand hotels illuminated its historic façade, vintage cars lined the entrance and opera singers welcomed more than 300 guests and artists to celebrate The Windsor’s 130th anniversary and to announce the winner of the inaugural Windsor Art Award by Bill Henson.August 16, 2013
Style and substance: Melbourne's venerable Hotel Windsor
Although I've had several friends recommend it to me in the past, it was purely through happenstance that I found myself staying at Melbourne's grande dame of hotels: the classic Hotel Windsor, which is this year celebrating its 130th birthday.August 7, 2013
Hike in room rates tipped
"(Melbourne) hotels were already enjoying high occupancy rates before the dollar began its slide," said Mr Perry, chief executive of the Windsor Hotel.
There were 314,000 more international arrivals in the year to June, and an additional 1.6 million people traveled through Melbourne airport in 2012-13.
Mr Perry expected international arrivals to grow on the back of the lower dollar while domestic tourism also improved.
- July 23, 2013
VCA students light up the Windsor Hotel
For the first time, the Victorian grandeur of The Windsor will lend itself as a blank canvas to Melbourne’s brightest emerging artists.
From July 29 until September 8, as part of the hotel’s 130th anniversary celebrations, the Luminescence exhibition will see multi-talented students from the Victorian College of the Arts make creative use of the hotel’s multitude of spaces.May 14, 2013
Victorian Homes Magazine - Summer 2013
“There is no better way to experience what it would have been like to stay in an upscale hotel in the Victorian era than by visiting the Windsor Hotel, which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Designed by architect Charles Webb in 1883, the Windsor Hotel boomed over the next four decades, buoyed by the business of the politicians who worked across the street in Parliament. When the hotel’s high-Victorian style fell out of favour, The Windsor was first “remuddled” with a new pastel colour scheme and clear glass windows, then rescues from demolition by government purchase in 1976....”April 8, 2013
DAILY ADDICTApril 7, 2013
SUN HERALD (SYDNEY)
"Seventy years of marriage is surely deserving of recognition - and this hotel has a butler to deliver it."
"The Windsor hotel in Melbourne says it is getting numerous bookings as a result of an offer to former guests who have marked 30-plus years of marriage. The historic hotel is offering free or heavily discounted rooms to couples who can produce photographs or other evidence to show they had their wedding at the hotel.
Those married for 30 years or more can get a two-night stay from $40 a night, while those married for 40 years or more are being charged from "three pounds sterling" (or $25) a night. Those with 60-plus marital years behind them are being welcomed to the hotel's Royal Suite for two nights free of charge.
In January 2014, The Windsor will welcome John and Hilda Fraser, from Donald in Victoria, to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. The Frasers will not only get two nights in the Royal Suite but luxury trimmings including butler service. The couple was offered the chance to stay ahead of the January anniversary but Mrs Fraser reportedly told the hotel she would prefer to wait, saying it would give her an incentive to stay fit and well."December 12, 2011
Launceston Examiner - One of Melbourne’s Finest
“It was a good stay and the hotel came through with flying colours. Reception staff even passed the 2am test of their ability to cheerfully switch an item form the pillow menu”.December 2011
The Age - A reception to remember
"Melbourne boasts a diverse array of options when it comes to choosing a wedding reception venue from grand hotel's to sophisticated boutiques spaces.
"Steeped in tradition, the five star Windsor ha s the ingredients for a fairytale reception - sumptuous salons, chandeliers, gold leaf decorations and plush 19th century furnishings.
"The hotel offer a range of venue options and pricing, catering for cocktail parties, lunch or dinner receptions in the opulent spaces ranging from the intimate Winston Room to the elegant Grand Ballroom and Bourke Room, where about 200 guests can take in the stunning views of Parliament House".
High Society - Get Away
Racing and pampering combine at the Hotel Windsor.
- November 2011
Financial Review - Outlook cloudy for hotel room rate growth
"City hotels might be full but hoteliers are downgrading forecasts for room rate rises, citing tougher economic conditions.
“In Melbourne, demand growth was not as strong as Sydney. The general manager of The Hotel Windsor in Melbourne, David Perry, attributed the softening sentiment to the grounding of Tiger in July. Melbourne had lost about 10 per cent of its inbound arrivals because of the Tiger decision.” “I would not overreact to that blip,” he said.October 2011
Asia Tatler Magazine
"In 1883, George Nipper commissioned Charles Webb to design Melbourne’s landmark Victorian-era dame. Pre-dating many of the world’s most celebrated grand hotels, it has served high tea since it first opened.
The Hotel Windsor reached a milestone last year when it served its two-millionth afternoon tea. Who can argue with history like that?"September 2011
"While it’s a little outside the ‘after dark’ theme, we just couldn’t go past High Tea at the Hotel Windsor as a must-do Melbourne experience.
The dining room is wonderfully grand; the ornate ceilings, pink chandeliers and 19th century furnishings make you feel like you stepped into a Jane Austen novel".September 2011
The Herald Sun
Prince William and Catherine Middleton fever hits Melbourne.September 2011
The chief executive of Melbourne's Windsor Hotel, David Perry, says it will be standing room only.
"The one thing that has surprised our housekeeper, is the bar manager has asked for five boxes of tissues, because there may not be a dry eye in the house," he said.
Mr Perry says the weeks leading up to the wedding have also been busy. "We've also had, as you might have heard, some life-sized cut-outs of His Royal Highness and Catherine Middleton, in the hotel for the past four weeks," he said.August 2011
A life-size cutout of Prince William and Catherine Middleton standing in the foyer of the Windsor Hotel may have been the most photographed attraction in Melbourne this week.August 2011
The Herald Sun
This week the Lady Mayoress has been getting into the royal wedding spirit, yesterday attending a charity high tea at the Windsor Hotel organised by the Lady Mayoress' Committee, before her private party tonight.
- February 2011
The Herald Sun
THE royal wedding feast will be pure British stodge - unimaginative and homely.
Melbourne's landmark Windsor Hotel created a replica of the feast yesterday as a private preview for the Herald Sun.