The Empress Hotel

In a week of blogging about Victoria, I would be remiss if I didn’t cover the landmark that is the Empress Hotel. Named for Queen Victoria, (Empress of India), it was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway, opened in 1908, and has since become a National Historic Site. They are undergoing some renovations, but our stay was still very comfortable.

I was enamoured by the early season flower beds because they are so far ahead of our plants at home.

The ceiling in the Palm Court.

The side entrance used during the renovations.

The old postal system


A menu from 1919!

The Conference Centre entrance connecting to parking.

We indulged in Tea at the Empress.

Any sort of sugar you desire…

Scones, jam and clotted cream.

The lot. Coronation Chicken sandwich was my favourite.

 The cherry and chocolate nibble was delicious!

Timers for 3, 4, and 5 minutes to steep your tea to perfection.

Thus ends your little tour of the Empress. Tomorrow I will wrap up the coverage of Victoria with a couple more things not to be missed when wandering about town.

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