Last updated: 26/01/2009 09:40:00
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The Hotel Windsor was the dream of shipping magnate George Nipper. He commissioned eminent architect Charles Webb to design the hotel and the original hotel opened its doors in December 1883. The Hotel Windsor therefore predates many of the grand hotels of the Victorian era, including The Savoy, London (1889), The Plaza, New York, (1894), The Waldorf Astoria, New York (1894), the Hotel Ritz, Paris (1898) and The Raffles, Singapore (1887). (26/01/2009 09:44:14)
Over the decades The Hotel Windsor has been the preferred home-away-from-home for numerous visiting dignitaries and stars of the stage, screen and sports fields of the world.
Screen luminaries Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert, contemporary music superstars Kylie Minogue and Shania Twain, distinguished actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Laurence Olivier, sporting greats from Muhammad Ali to the Australian Cricket Team, operatic great Dame Joan Sutherland, former Australian Prime Minister's John Howard and Paul Keating: these are just some of the many notable guests the Hotel Windsor has been proud and delighted to host. (26/01/2009 09:43:06)
Walking distance to the shops, restaurants and offices of Collins and Bourke Streets, and many of Melbourne's landmarks including Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria, the MCG, and the Southbank arts precinct. (26/01/2009 09:42:32)