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721 Government St | Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best rooms of course face the inner Harbour. It was great to visit with friends and show them favorite spots in Parliament and along government Street. We enjoyed exploring The Empress and it’s architecture and shops. Staff was very interactive.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DoloresJacoby
Reviewed 4 days ago

The service in the Empress Hotel is absolutely superb! Nothing is overlooked by the gracious staff. We particularly loved the Empress "Embassador" canine, Winston. He is a 3 year old yellow lab! He wanders freely about the lobby of the hotel and greets all the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 907liz
Reviewed 6 days ago

Real old fashioned afternoon tea with outstanding service and extremely good sandwiches, cakes and pastries served in a very civilised atmosphere and plush surroundings make this an event to try out. The hotel is outstanding and there is a world beating chandalier to look out...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Alan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The high tea was incredible- however- we were under the assumption that the dress code from the website was in force and it definitely was not. Lots of folks in sightseeing gear. That’s okay with us, but we wish we had worn that too since...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mlbdab
Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of having the High Tea which is amazing but rather more than we wished to eat, we went to the Bar and had afternoon tea there with just some nibbles. Then we had a good look around and decide it would be a great...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Bill G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a couple of pleasant hours in here drinking mid afternoon, comfortable bar, great staff, try the empresses gin. The popcorn bar snak is really tasty with an IPA

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Paul W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is quite something to walk through; you are transported to another age. WE wanted to say we had had tea there, but found the afternoon high tea a bit overwhelming in price and calories. We were directed to the Lounge (bar) where we were...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jenks333
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to hang out or for a meal. Friendly staff. Dinner here was delicious but of course pricey. Drink prices not too bad.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank fayanwar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in after our $178 tour to Buchart Gardens. Felt a little cheated because the gardens at the Empress were so beautiful. Had a couple of drinks at the bar in a lovely setting.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank riverview48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Empress Hotel is a very elegant hotel and has it place in Canadian history. Whether it is for a stay, meal, high tea or just a drink one should visit the Empress Hotel, a real beauty.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Goodness4you | Reviewed this property |
I usually enter through the Tea Room, which in my opinion, is quite nice. I think you came and went through a side entrance, which as you noticed is not impressive. That being said, the charm of the Empress are the grounds... More
30 June 2019|
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Response from iamlotuseater | Reviewed this property |
From Seattle? Drive early in the morning to cross the border.* If you fly from LA, make it an international flight (there would be a lay-over in SeaTac). *To clarify, The Empress is in Victoria, B.C. (on Vancouver... More
10 September 2018|
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Response from Nancy P | Reviewed this property |
Just contact empress for tea room they will get you teacup and ship to you