Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada

Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada

Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada
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  • Laurie
    67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must stay here
    Only place I stay in Victoria. Gold Floor is great, except the loyalty membership amenities were the worst ever. FYI the Scottsdale Princess and San Francisco are the best Platinum amenities ever. Tracy on Gold Floor—Shout out as phenomenal!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Rockiroads
    Oshawa, Canada1,311 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful historic place, a must see day or night.
    A beautiful historic place, a must see day or night. We managed to walk in from many directions day or night. At night, lit up like a Christmas tree. Inside, we went to many shops, some affordable and some not. We got kicked out of the tea room. lol. A nice bar out front at night. A place you would love to stay at in the midst of all the action.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • DCMRDH1979
    San Jose, California38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One night at the Victoria Empress hotel
    Top notch hotel. Excellent staff that are very attentive and knowledgeable. Our concierge, Deborah Sleno, was great. She arranged two excursions for us, one to the Butchart gardens and the Malahat skywalk. She further made sure we would be able to finish the tour to the skywalk and make it to the ferry returning to Vancouver on time. We were made to feel well taken care of. The hotel was well appointed and the rooms were very clean and comfortable. Well appointed and updated.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Tansay
    Calgary, Canada157 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely place to be on a rainy day
    We were in Victoria for 2 nights at The Empress. I last stayed there...55 years ago! I can't say I recall much of that stay :)) This one was fine. We took advantage of the offer by email to be on 'standby' for a 1-bedroom suite overlooking the harbour and were successful. Good choice! The one full day we were there it was raining much of it. We were quite comfortable and content to sit in the living room and read for much of the day. The bedroom, other than the bed, was less comfortable. To get past the foot of the bed to the bathroom was a bit of a squeeze and the window very small. There wasn't good air circulation and the bedroom was stuffy at night. Staff were excellent - everyone we spoke to was most friendly and helpful.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 October 2023
  • valeriesimon1
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High Tea was wonderful
    We stayed here about 15 years ago. It was great....close to everything, gorgeous view of the harbor. The high tea was excellent for the kids....the last stop of an Alaskan cruise and the perfect ending along with the Butchart Gardens.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Rainee E
    Seattle, Washington124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stay over the holidays
    Really enjoyed our stay that the Empress. Spacious and clean room with a view of the Parliament. The hotel Christmas decorations were lovely and made for a festive feel. Be sure to stop at the Empress bar to enjoy the famous Empress Gin or a non-alcoholic beverage.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Travel25346533585
    893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    True Canadian Excellence
    Truly Magnificent Old World Dining. We enjoy visiting the "Empress" whenever we have been in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada It is on Vancouver Island, strangely Vancouver is NOT on Vancouver Island.. The Hotel is 1800's Class back when people travelled in High Style by Raiway. The Food was excellent and the servers were professional. So tired of Canadian servers saying "No Worries" like the just stepped off a Crocodile Dundee Movie.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 March 2024
  • Jacqueline S
    Qualicum Beach, Canada5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pretty city to visit.
    Our daughter and her husband live in Victoria. Mostly we stay with them but we have stayed at The Empress, The Embassy Inn and also The Grande Pacific. The loveliest place of course is The Empress but for a more reasonable stay The Embassy Inn is very, very nice.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 May 2024
  • Amy E
    Greensboro, North Carolina600 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful afternoon tea
    My husband and I did the afternoon tea yesterday as part of our cruise port day in Victoria. So much fun! Yes, very pricey, but probably a once in a lifetime experience. The food and tea were wonderful! Highly recommend the Emoress Blend! Our server, Brad, was great as well! We had a fabulous time reminiscing for almost two hours about a cruise we were finishing up. Highly recommend if for nothing else than the experience!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2024
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colin s
Vancouver, Canada13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
We stayed a night on the 1st floor of the Empress. It trades on its magnificent appearance, historical reputation & ideal location.
However it is over priced and our room was small, with a small washroom. The washroom bath towels were very rough and one had a hole in it.
There was no hook for hanging the towels. The mattress was hard. The blind curtains are not effective in blocking light streaming in as they too short.
We received an “in room dining charge” despite not ordering anything in (we are challenging). We did not eat at the restaurant.
Good for a one-for short stay, but not if you are on a budget. Staff were friendly, polite and professional.
Written 5 July 2024
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Amy E
Greensboro, NC600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I did the afternoon tea yesterday as part of our cruise port day in Victoria. So much fun! Yes, very pricey, but probably a once in a lifetime experience. The food and tea were wonderful! Highly recommend the Emoress Blend! Our server, Brad, was great as well! We had a fabulous time reminiscing for almost two hours about a cruise we were finishing up. Highly recommend if for nothing else than the experience!
Written 17 May 2024
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Jacqueline S
Qualicum Beach, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Our daughter and her husband live in Victoria. Mostly we stay with them but we have stayed at The Empress, The Embassy Inn and also The Grande Pacific. The loveliest place of course is The Empress but for a more reasonable stay The Embassy Inn is very, very nice.
Written 14 May 2024
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eshore
eshore12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Victoria is a beautiful and friendly city. We felt very safe walking around even at night. It is a very walkable city and we would go back.
Written 12 May 2024
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Travel25346533585
893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Truly Magnificent Old World Dining. We enjoy visiting the "Empress" whenever we have been in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
It is on Vancouver Island, strangely Vancouver is NOT on Vancouver Island..
The Hotel is 1800's Class back when people travelled in High Style by Raiway.
The Food was excellent and the servers were professional.
So tired of Canadian servers saying "No Worries" like the just stepped off a Crocodile Dundee Movie.
Written 25 March 2024
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Nikki M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Dishonesty from the front desk. I was charged excessive fees that were not previously disclosed. When I called them to rectify they sent me an invoice for more money.
Written 3 March 2024
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Rainee E
Seattle, WA124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed our stay that the Empress. Spacious and clean room with a view of the Parliament. The hotel Christmas decorations were lovely and made for a festive feel. Be sure to stop at the Empress bar to enjoy the famous Empress Gin or a non-alcoholic beverage.
Written 1 March 2024
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Empress Hotel is a magnificent looking, architecturally beautiful building. It is situated in a prime location, overlooking the inner harbour. Its gardens are lovely and the interior is absolutely beautiful.
Written 8 December 2023
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Myopinion5601
Vancouver29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Grand old Hotel. Great view. Do not like the last renovation done by new owners. Iconic lounge gone and lobby just average for such a Grand Hotel
Written 1 December 2023
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Treker650
Kaysville, UT175 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We did not stay at the Empress but were told by a friend to stop in to see the historical photographs. The photographs have been relocated to the hallway leading to the parking garage.
We did this and enjoyed ourselves. It is not a destination but because we were strolling along seeing other sites it was a fine quick stop.
Written 21 November 2023
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