Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
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- 77%Luxury Travelers
- 72%Local Culture
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- Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelJan 02, 2014
Do not buy bath/beauty products at the Fairmont Store! If it turns out you're allergic to it, you can't return it, regardless of how sick it makes you! "Customer Service Manager" couldn't care less, and couldn't provide a supervisor's name to escalate matter. Buy your products from a store that cares about your well-being (or at least your future business)!
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- Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6First to ReviewApr 01, 2013
The Fairmont Empress is well known for its classic Victorian Afternoon Tea service. The Hotel serves tea (along with tea sandwiches, fresh scones, preserves and clotted cream known as Empress cream) in its 'Tea Lobby' to more than 800 guests daily. Afternoon tea is approximately CAD $60 per person, and reservations are often required one or two weeks in advance. We made ours through Open Table.
Gayle is still gasping at our final bill of ~$170 (including glass of sparkling wine and a 30% kicker when you factor in HST and Tip) for the 2 of us. Holy Price Tag, Batman Indeed! We both figured that Afternoon Tea was a signature once-in-a-lifetime activity in Victoria that we had to try and enjoy. However, the next time we're in town, I hear that Butchart Gardens has a lovely tea service at half the price.
Our Afternoon Tea experience as very pleasant, but not amazing. Here's what we got:
- An nicely decorated, roomy, and relatively quiet Tea Lobby to enjoy our experience.
- A good table by the window and a lovely view of the Inner Harbour.
- Soothing live piano music as background.
- Friendly, Fast, yet dignified service.
- A starter of fresh strawberries.
- 3 levels of tasty finger sandwiches, sweets, scones, etc. that is a lot more food than it looks.
- A chance to stick out my pinky finger while sipping tea. After Gayle rolled her eyes, I stopped.
- 2 "Complimentary" boxes of Empress Tea Blend to take home.
All in all, it was a fun and relaxing Royal experience. We left full, happy, and in need of a long walk and a cheap dinner.
- Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 04, 2012
I once drove eight hours out of my way in Australia to go to a town called Scone, simply because I really like scones. So, when in Victoria, of course I had to make a pilgrimage to the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel for their high tea. I went around Christmastime, and they had seriously done up the room. Sure, the food was perfectly fine, but you're there for the atmosphere. You'll feel like a queen or king sipping on tea out of fine china and nibbling on tea sandwiches.