The Hotel Windsor
Opened in 1883, the Hotel Windsor predates some of the world’s most historic hotels, including the Ritz in Paris, the Waldorf Astoria in New York, and the Savoy in London. Through the years, Australia’s only surviving grand hotel from the Victorian era has hosted countless dignitaries, numerous Australian prime ministers among them, and Hollywood royalty, from Laurence Olivier to Meryl Streep. The appeal is clear: Grand arched colonnades and gilded columns set the tone, while a cantilevered staircase, lined with ornately patterned 19th-century hand-carved ceramic tiles, impresses. Old-world splendor abounds in the 180 rooms and suites, many of which feature high ceilings, walk-in closets, and marble bathrooms. Amenities include a “pillow menu,” offering guests the choice of 10 options. The Windsor’s famed afternoon tea—starting at a hefty $54 (more on weekends)—includes freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and lemon curd, ribbon sandwiches, and on weekends, a dessert buffet crowned by a towering chocolate fountain.
By Ratha Tep, AFAR Local Expert
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Playing Queen For An Arvo.
High tea is one of my faves. It's hard not to love an excuse to sit for hours on end, drinking bottomless cups of tea and enjoying sweet goodies. I can't think of a person who would be able to dispute the wonderfulness of that. Seriously. The Hotel Windsor, of "grand" 19th century hotel fame, offers an indulgent and fittingly delightful afternoon tea, any afternoon of the week. Culinary offerings include homemade scones with multiple jam varieties, perfectly gorgeous ribbon sandwiches, and a decadent selection of pretty little pastries. You'll be sure to feel a little royal, if only for an arvo.
By Riley Wilson
The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
Australia Most Cherished Grand Hotel
111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
+61 3 9633 6000