Two three-level penthouses costing $20,000 a night will be the crown jewels in the Halim Group’s $350 million redevelopment of the 133-year-old Hotel Windsor into Melbourne’s first six-star hotel.
One of these will be a massive 745 square metre presidential penthouse, which will sit atop the new glitzy 26-storey tower that will be built behind the existing heritage building on Spring Street.
The addition of the new tower, part of a $200 million building contract for Obayashi Corporation and Built, will add almost 100 rooms to the grand, but crumbling hotel, taking the number of suites to 279.
Construction will commence early next year with completion at the end of 2019.
The Halim family, which bought the hotel in 2005, had threatened to close it down if they were not granted an extension to a 2010 building permit. This was finally granted in March this year by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Windsor director Adi Halim said the project would restore the hotel to one of the great Victorian-era hotels and meet the demand created by the growing inbound tourism market for “ultra-luxury” accommodation.
Apart from the addition of the new high-rise tower, the existing 1883 hotel will be fully refurbished and include a three-level royal penthouse with private spa and outdoor terraces overlooking Parliament and Fitzroy Gardens.
A new dining and lifestyle precinct will be created while guests will still be able to take high tea in the tea lounge and tea room, as they have done since 1883.