Tuesday 2 February 2016


Melbourne's Hotel Windsor is a luxury hotel, notable for being Australia's only surviving grand 19th century city hotel and only official "grand" Victorian era hotel. The Hotel Windsor has a 5-star rating and is considered one of the grandest hotels in Melbourne. The Windsor is situated on Bourke Hill in the Parliament Precinct on Spring Street, and is a Melbourne landmark of high Victorian architecture. The hotel has a significant role in the history of Australia as the place where the Constitution of Australia was drafted in 1898. For much of its 20th Century life the hotel, dubbed the 'Duchess of Spring Street', was one of the most favoured and luxurious hotels in Melbourne. It has hosted many notable national and international guests.

One of Melbourne's classic trams is going past the Hotel on the free City Circle line. When the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board was formed to take over the operations of the various Municipal tramway authorities, it found itself with a unified cable system, but an absolute plethora of electric tram types, which it gave letter codes from A through to V. The board decided that it was time to introduce a standard design. The new W-class design, first introduced in 1923, was an outstanding success, and has been the mainstay of the Melbourne tram system for the bulk of this century. It is a two-bogie, drop-centre design, which has had many variants over the years. The oldest W-class tram still in active service was built in 1938!

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.


  1. Now this is a stately hotel. Very nice set of images. Happy Ruby Tuesday.

  2. Magnificent!
    Hope you are having a wonderful day!

  3. The Windsor Hotel's afternoon tea on Sunday is a treat for the entire family. Even my grandchildren know to behave nicely :)

  4. What a grand place!
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/abstractions.html

  5. Fabulous! Old hotel, old tram... lovely arcades at the balconies! So interesting things to see and still to observe in the city! amazing history...

  6. I hope we never lose the Grand Old Dame of Spring Street Nick.

  7. Oh we have just been talking about a trip to Melbourne! This would be a perfect place to stay! Thanks for the post -


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