I loved the Empress. It is a beautiful regal hotel with impeccable service however....the room we stayed in was average at best. We had a view of the back of the hotel and some rooftops and the room was small and the wallpaper was peeling. The bed was extremely comfortable. I have much higher expectations for a $450+ per night rate. My suggestion is to definitely visit the Empress and be sure to check out all of the old hotel logs and old menus, etc. Wander around the grounds then go stay somewhere less expensive and get more value for your money.