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721 Government St | Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-384-8111
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Okay, I have been at this place almost every year, for years, but I have never slept here. Many of my friends and relatives have, for one reason or another. My best friend and I spent many a Swift Sure long weekend out on the...More

Thank writetothepoint1960
Reviewed 4 days ago

You will be surprised when you come to this place. So much to do and see. We came by boat from Seattle, WA. Saw whales along the way. My wife and I enjoyed tea in the grand ballroom at the hotel in the afternoon. Wonderful

Thank Don B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service is always great here. The poll and workout facilities are second to none. If you have the option of varying you arrival or departure you can get some good deals on rates. Government rate is very reasonable but don't expect it if your trip...More

Thank Gordon S
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see when in Victoria. This is an old hotel in the English tradition including a traditional English Tea for which it is famous! Pricey, but worth it. Located right at the inner harbor terminus and in the middle of all the action across...More

Thank SleeplessInManhatten
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do experience. Rather expensive but worth it. Tea, food, ambiance , and service all excellent making this an event rather than tea with lunch. Makes me want to have “afternoon hot tea” back home in Atlanta.

Thank Richard A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty old hotel in heart of Victoria. Elegant and gives the feeling of long ago the way wealthy people stayed on trips. High tea is very pricey, but you may want to splurge and take it in.

Thank Loretta W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got here as the sun was setting, but the beauty of the gardens and the presence of the hotel were magnificent. Take plenty of pictures, especially with the Orca shrubery sculptures.

Thank ScubaRabbi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The first high tea we enjoyed at the Empress hotel was in 2016. We had enjoyed our tea in a temporary tea room as the hotel was undergoing renovations. I did a review then and it was divine. Today we were in the new tea...More

Thank C123221
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since I first visited Victoria on a school trip in 1972 I have wanted to have tea at the Empress. For my "girl's week" getaway we decided we had to do this. It was wonderful. The hotel itself is awe inspiring. The service (Marlene was...More

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful hotel and surrounding grounds bring you back in time. Went for high tea which was lovely with beautiful china, 3 tiers of goodies and piano playing in the background. Worth every penny!

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September 9, 2018|
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Response from Lover-of-Travels | Reviewed this property |
I would call the hotel or look at the web site and then contact tea shop.
Vicki H
August 14, 2017|
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Response from sashakeena | Reviewed this property |
Recommend that you take a cab from Ogden Point terminal, as you only have a few hours. Both facilities are very close together. Location is classified as the Inner Harbour of Victoria. Taxi driver should have no issues with... More
Marilyn W
April 4, 2017|
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Response from Rob M | Reviewed this property |
There are several Indian restaurants within walking distance, or a short cab ride. Two are: 1) the Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant and 2) the Varsha Indian Kitchen. Are they good? That's completely up to the diner's... More