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Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel

721 Government St., Victoria, BC V8W Canada

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    Liz Van Cleave at Victoria Prime Vacation Rentals
    5 Apr 15, 2014

    Many consider this a must do item, but I am just as happy experiencing The Empress without the expense of High Tea.

    Recommended for:FoodiesHistory BuffsLocal CultureLuxury Travelers
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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    Paul H
    5 Mar 17, 2014

    ONE OF THE OLDEST HOTEL'S AROUND AND A WONDERFUL PLACE TO SEE AND EXPLORE, THE TEA IS ALSO GOOD, BUT IF YOUR ON A BUDGET, THERE ARE OTHER PLACES JUST AS NICE FOR AFTERNOON TEA.

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    M Schulz
    1 Jan 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 Hotel
    Patricia H
    5 Nov 03, 2013

    This is a very special experience. It is like stepping back in time. Keep in mind it is quite expensive and should be reserved for an entire afternoon to fully take in all that the experience has to offer.

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    Scott Kennedy
    4 Oct 21, 2013

    High Tea at The Empress - how divine! If you're into fancy tea cups, crumpets and theatrically sticking your pinky in the air when you sip milky tea this is your kind of place.

    Recommended for:FoodiesHistory BuffsVegetarian
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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    Beatrix C
    5 Apr 30, 2013

    The men in your group may not be interested but the ladies will find high tea at the empress to be a memorable experience

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelPro 2014
    Eric Brink
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    4 Apr 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.

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel
    David Eastin
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Really pretty hotel right on the waterfront. Just going into the hotel lobby and seeing the gorgeous architecture is worth it. It's an expensive place but could be worth it if you have the funds.

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    This is the tourist thing to do, having High Tea at the Empress. But at least you can say you did it when you came to Victoria!

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  • Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress HotelPro 2014
    Alex L
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    5 Jul 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.

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Description:

Get your pinkie finger muscles ready; one of the most traditional Victorian British high tea services in the world is found not in the British Isles but in (fittingly) Victoria, Canada. Started in 1908, soon after the death of Queen Victoria herself, this most elegant of activities calls for refined decorum and relaxation even in the most harried of lives. But in a modern twist, the Fairmont Empress Hotel caters to food restrictions and and allergies. Call ahead to inquire about meals for gluten intolerance, diabetics and other food allergies.
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