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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Melbourne's Hotel Windsor Provides Stimulus Package


Melbourne's Hotel Windsor Provides Stimulus Package;

Landmark Hotel That Outlasted the Great Depression Calls It "The Package We Had To Have"

Melbourne's landmark Hotel Windsor has put forward its own recession-busting stimulus package, designed to help anyone longing for a break but worried about the costs involved.

Calling it the "package we had to have", the hotel is offering a one-night stay from only $199 inclusive of a range of extras that will deliver the perfect get-away from economic worries. The package is valid from April 1 to July 1, 2009.

"It's our own version of a stimulus package," The Hotel Windsor CEO and general manager David Perry said. "We know consumers are seriously worried about the economic news and outlook and this is reflected in their spending. The hotel sector is not immune from this. We want to ensure a break in a leading city hotel is within reach and to encourage people to continue to enjoy everything that Melbourne offers. This is the package we have to have for these difficult times."

The hotel's "Stimulus Package" includes full breakfast for two, a bag of chocolate coins Р"they won't help the bank balance but they are truly delicious," Mr Perry says Рa complimentary bottle of NV Louis Pedrier Ros̩ Brut on arrival, and a commemorative Hotel Windsor piggy bank. Guests can also save on a $100 food and beverage voucher for use in the hotel's elegant 111 Spring Street Restaurant. The voucher is available for only $85 when pre-purchased online at www.thehotelwindsor.com.au.

"Sometimes just a brief break, surrounded by a little luxury and people attentive to your every need, can be enough to re-charge the batteries," Mr Perry said. "That's certainly what this package aims to do. Sleep in, enjoy the city's galleries and parks, come back to the Hotel Windsor for a delicious meal or glass of fine wine, and just totally relax.

"The hotel is the only five star Melbourne hotel that operated throughout the Great Depression and we survived and thrived during the 1990's recession. It seems fitting, with all the talk that we are apparently experiencing the worst economic crisis for almost 80 years, that we offer something that acknowledges the economic realities of the times we are living in," he said.

History books show that in the worst years of the Depression, 1929 to 1933, unemployment jumped in Victoria from 8.6 per cent to at least 27.7 per cent, and the population declined as people moved around the country looking for work.

The Hotel Windsor stayed open throughout these years, although it was a bruising business period. In 1932-33 it was the home away from home for the English players in the famous Test Series that saw the English team introduce short-pitched fast bowling.

"I don't think anyone really believes we'll see another economic catastrophe that matches the Depression," Mr Perry said. "And certainly at The Hotel Windsor, business is remarkably solid. But if anyone has been wondering if at the moment they could afford to experience the history, quality, and service a property like The Hotel Windsor offers, this package is the answer."

For bookings or further information contact the Hotel Windsor on 03 9633 6002 or visit www.thehotelwindsor.com.au .

The 180-room Hotel Windsor was built in 1883, pre-dating some of the world's leading grand hotels including the Savoy in London, which was built in 1889, the Waldorf Astoria in New York which dates back to 1893, and the Ritz Paris which opened in 1898.

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