At a Glance
The Grand Staircase
Rising 75 feet above the lobby toward the skylight, the cantilevered Grand Staircase is remarkable both for its scale and its elevation. It is built of Stawell stone, and the landing is decorated with handmade Minton tiles imported from England.
The Grand Ballroom
The original domed skylights, the framing for which was still in the ceiling, have been re-glazed with stained glass, illuminating the Grand Ballroom with natural light.
The Cricketer's Bar
The Cricketer’s Bar is a city institution; it features an outstanding collection of cricketing memorabilia, courtesy of the prestigious Melbourne Cricket Club, which has honoured The Hotel Windsor by appointing The Cricketers’ Bar custodian of many precious sporting treasures.
Melbourne’s Famous Grand Heritage Hotel
Steep in tradition and unparalleled in service, The Hotel Windsor continues to uphold its unique position as the most cherished hotel in Melbourne and Australia.
Located opposite the stately Parliament House and next door to the famous Princess Theatre, The Hotel Windsor is only steps away from Melbourne’s exclusive stores, theatres, and Chinatown district, and is directly opposite the picturesque Treasury Gardens.
The Hotel Windsor has been a home away from home for many famous Australians during their stay in Melbourne. Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies kept Suite 306 at The Hotel Windsor for many years; it is now known as the Sir Robert Menzies Suite in his honour. Notable international guests included members of the English cricket team, who were frequent guests at the hotel, despite patriotic local factory workers’ efforts to disrupt their sleep by ‘accidentally’ knocking over the empty milk churns in the laneway.
Above all, we pride ourselves on our world-class service standards; our award-winning staff strives to deliver personalised and memorable experiences to each and every guest.
The Hotel Windsor is situated on Bourke Hill in the Parliament Precinct in Melbourne, Victoria. The 5-star hotel is Australia's only surviving grand nineteenth century city hotel and only official ‘grand’ Victorian era hotel. Its cantilevered Grand Staircase rises 75 feet above the lobby toward the skylight. The hotel has been hosting weddings since it opened in 1883.
Weddings at The Hotel Windsor
The heritage-listed Grand Ballroom, adorned with stained glass domes and windows, accommodates 180 guests for a wedding reception. The Bourke Room offers three tiered levels, and the Wallis & Ed has a feature mirror, private bar, dining area, and outdoor seating. The Winston Room was the hotel’s original dining room in the late nineteenth century.
Lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea wedding packages are available. Packages include a personal event coordinator to assist with preparations. Receptions feature a three course menu, selection of canapés, and beverage package. Newlyweds receive a complimentary suite on their wedding night.
Accommodation and Tourist Attractions
The hotel provides 180 rooms and suites. Upgraded rooms add lounge areas, while suites also have separate living rooms, dining rooms, and urban views. Amenities include a gym and a front desk that is available 24/7. The Cricketer’s Bar features a collection of cricketing memorabilia.
The Hotel Windsor is located opposite the Parliament House and next door to the Princess Theatre. It is directly opposite the picturesque Treasury Gardens. The hotel is steps away from the Chinatown district and many of the city’s exclusive destinations, stores, and theatres.