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“High tea in history”

Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We didn't stay at the hotel but went to high tea at there in late September (reservation made via email). The food was enjoyable and the staff were friendly. It is expensive ($60pp + taxes for the high tea without champagne) but the experience and atmosphere of the parlour and rest of the hotel was amazing, like stepping back in time...it's worth walking around the hotel afterwards to look at the wood carved ceilings in the empress dining room and the stained glassed dome of the palm court which are both adjacent to the tea lobby. It was even worth taking a peek at the bengal lounge (a dining room) as it really is like viewing a colonial experience in India. The best tip we got, from the lovely lady in the gift shop, was to visit the hotel archives (open to the public) in the lower lobby...it has a small number of cabinets with displays of some of the old photos of the hotel, promotional flyers and menus etc.. Take the lift immediately next to the entrance to high tea/gift shop and follow the archive signs. There are also lots of photos around the new and old parts of the hotel building to view, including one (in the new part of the hotel) of the captured cougar (tranquillised then returned to the wildness) that was found in the hotel car park in 1992. The only issue we had with our experience was that they did not have our high tea booking (despite us having an email confirmation), this wasn't a problem as they weren't so busy in late-September but it may have meant we missed out in busier times. So a tip would be to double check your high tea booking a week or so in advance, particularly in peak times. At the end of high tea, they can give you a box for any uneaten treasures and we all got a box of the empress blend tea (10 tea bags) to take home.

Thank MorGed
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

It was great to wander through the reception area, tea rooms and Bengal Lounge and to imagine the visitors of years past.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Mom and I enjoyed the high tea offered by reservation at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. The waiter was excellent and the tea was quite good; the tea cakes and sandwiches were sufficient. The real reason we went was the atmosphere, and we were not disappointed.

Thank Amy S
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had booked a "high tea" at the Empress with a tour of the city. Since the cruise ship didn't dock until 6 pm, we didn't have our tea until 8 pm. The timing was wrong, wish we could have had it earlier. The tea itself was tasty and the food was very good. Walked around the hotel a little, but couldn't see much other than the lobby. Great for a one time thing.

Thank Shirley K
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

My husband decided to take our family to the Empress for tea for my Birthday. We had a wonderful time with the evnironment and experience. BUT when we got the BILL it ruined the entire day. Be prepared to spend over $250.00 for a family of four for MINI bites of sandwhiches and scones. Tea, I could have mistaken for Lipton... Very disappointing considering the ambiance the hotel presents. Take a walk around the grounds and save your money for shopping, and attractions.

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