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“tea at the Empress”

Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada
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$180.36*
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2-Hour Luxury City Tour of Victoria
Reviewed March 6, 2013

When people heard we were going to Victoria, everyone told us to have tea at the Empress. So we did. It's a really neat experience, sitting there sipping hot tea from fancy china looking around you can almost picture royalty joining you. The treats are tasty, but be prepared for an enormous bill. Try and remember you're paying more for ambiance and fond memories than actual edibles--then it's worth it.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a wonderful experience,...the staff, amazing!,... the orchestra, entertaining!,... the setting, authentic! Thank you!

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Very upscale. We stopped for tea. 95.00 for tea, wow. I thought maybe 50.00 would have been plenty so be prepared. I guess once in a lifetime experience.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed High Tea, taking full advantage from a long-standing Victoria tradition and were not disappointed! The lovely dining room, ambience, live piano and outstanding service completely fulfilled my expectations. Although the price is a bit high for lunch, the 3-tiered tray of yummy sandwiches, fresh sweet scones and decadent desserts were outstanding. We were immediately seated and within seconds our excellent server, Yosef, appeared with plates of plump strawberries dipped in chocolate - a wonderful start to our tea. We ordered 2 glasses of Proseco because the occasion seemed to call for something special - and bubbly! Next came the tall tray of delightful food, plenty to fill up my hungry hubby and myself. The large pot of tea was hot and flavorful, served with cream and sugar (2 lumps, please)! We ended up bringing our desserts back to our hotel and Yosef included two boxes of the Empress tea, also. We spent $160 including the Proseco and tip - but it was worth the experience and satisfied us for the rest of the day. We will always remember this experience as a high point of our first trip to Victoria.

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Reviewed February 23, 2013

I took my daughter for high tea during our visit in Victoria. She has started to learn about and sample more teas so she was very excited for this experience. The price is steep -- about $50 per person -- but you get bottomless tea (from a selection of 5 or 6) and lots to eat. When we made our reservations (not really needed at this time of year -- we practically had the whole room to ourselves) -- the receptionist encouraged us to "come hungry" and it's a good thing we did. I think visitors should have this experience at least once ... and then look for cheaper afternoon tea options thereafter.

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