Fairmont Empress Hotel
- Type: Cafes, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Challenging the Parliament Buildings from across the Inner Harbour is the elegant Fairmont Empress Hotel. Built in the early 20th century, the Empress is one of the region's oldest hotels, and its Colonial Indian décor pays tribute to Queen Victoria's reign as Empress of India. But while the interior decoration is worth a photo or two, the main reason to visit this colossal hotel is for the tea. The Empress has been participating in this time-honored Victorian tradition since opening its doors, and according to travel experts and recent visitors, teatime continues to be a decadent affair here. (Fun fact: The tea served at the Empress is the hotel's own specially crafted brand.)
Although most Victoria visitors pass on high tea at the Empress due to its high price tag, some visitors say that the experience is worth the money. One TripAdvisor user offers some tips: "My advice it is to go hungry. Take your time and enjoy your surroundings. Try to get a table by the window so you can people watch while sipping your tea."
Afternoon tea is served every day between noon and 3:45 p.m. During the summer, the service is $58 CAD (roughly $58 USD) per person, but the price drops to $47 CAD during the winter months, and children can enjoy the experience at half price. For more information, visit the Fairmont Empress Hotel's website.