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Fairmont Empress Hotel

721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W1W5, Canada (Downtown)
250 384 8111
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Ranked #15 of 60 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
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Wynne, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

This was our second visit to the Empress Hotel and we were not disappointed. The tea is a bit pricey but the experience is so worth it. We were seated near the window and had a delectable time! Our waiter was very nice and even took our photo which was so much nicer than us trying to take a selfie!... More

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We did not stay at the hotel but walked through and explored some of the gardens and courtyards. The place was beautiful and very impressive. Several people from the area told us it was a must see. I was glad we walked around a bit.

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England
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We were tempted by the desk clerk to upgrade to gold.....well worth the expense. The room wasn't superb but the gold lounge was exceptional. The service within and treats, food, drinks, afternoon tea, breakfast, etc, etc. The staff were amazing and helpful, well worth the upgrade.

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Prineville, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Step back in time at this piece of history. Although we didn't take "High Tea" on our visit, the room was full and guests seemed to be enjoying themselves. Upscale shops provided window shopping opportunities, and the Bengal Room - complete with wall hides - is a glimpse into an old "Gentleman's Club". The old wall mounted brass mailbox is... More

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California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

While this old gal has definitely seen better days, and high tea was I thought overpriced, it was a great experience. Wouldn't do it again but glad I did it once!

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Bingley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Worth a look but very expensive to eat there. We did join the queue for tea but an afternoon tea was $60 Canadian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

While in Vancouver, a walk through the historic Fairmont Hotel is a must. The hotel and its gardens are beautiful, the shops are interesting and lovely, and certainly the afternoon tea was a very popular attraction.

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

it's a nice facade with a totally ok interior. There are many other hotels and buildings much more interesting. I guess for Victoria it's special, but you are talking about a very dull city!

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Stop in at the Bengal Lounge and order a mixed drink. These guys are professional bartenders. Everything from Manhattans to Old Fashions, from Martinis to whatever. We sat at the bar and just enjoyed watching them work. Drinks are about $15 each but worth it.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Really in two minds about this....however...we kinda bought into the afternoon tea thing even though we knew it was overpriced. There has to be a way to smarten this old gal up without looking like a corporate clone, tea room a little sad and gloomy. The food was pleasant but not startling. Definitely trading on past glories.

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