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The Hotel Windsor

Architect: Charles Webb

City of Melbourne | C14

In 1883, shipping magnate George Nipper built his magnificent dream, a hotel then known as The Grand. The highly regarded architect, Charles Webb, designed the hotel, which was to offer the most stylish and luxurious accommodation in Melbourne. Built during the time when Europe fell in love with the notion of a ‘grand hotel’, The Hotel Windsor predates many other heritage hotels around the world, such as The Ritz and The Savoy hotels in London, Raffles in Singapore, and The Plaza in New York, and is the only surviving hotel of its type in Australia. With its close proximity to Parliament House and Government offices, The Grand Hotel rapidly became associated with politics and politicians. So convenient was this relationship that in February and March 1898, the Drafting Committee for the Federal Constitution worked on the final details of the Constitution from a suite in The Grand. The hotel became known as ‘The Windsor’ in 1923, in honour of a visit by The Prince of Wales. It has also attracted many famous personalities over the years, including Vivien Leigh, Sir Robert Helpmann, Katherine Hepburn, Gina Lollobrigida, Lauren Bacall, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Muhammad Ali. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 9am-2pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: The Grand Ballroom, Grand Staircase, a selection of rooms and suites

  • Special Note: Accessibility – we will use stairs at some point but assistance will be provided to anyone who needs to use the lifts to ensure they get to see everything

  • Tour Type: C14

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8:30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8:30 am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 9am, 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, running for 30minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Commercial

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Special Programming: History overview of the hotel

  • Year Built: 1883

  • Transport: Parliament Train Station or Tram Stop 0: Spring St on routes 86 and 96

  • Photo Credit: Dave Tacon


111 Spring Street Melbourne 3000, VIC


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