The Empress Hotel Renovations

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What do you think of the renovations to the Empress Hotel in Victoria?

On our recent trip to Victoria, we wanted to walk through the Empress Hotel to see what’s changed after it’s 60 million dollar renovation. (See www.timescolonist.com/business/empress-hotel-owner-celebrates-60m-renovation-1.20818547) It’s a significant change but the stately and grand nature of the place is still there.

You now enter through a different entrance with high ceilings and a crazy chandelier.

Where you have tea seems unchanged but it’s the front that really strikes you.


Here’s the current new exterior.

The main feature in the old exterior was the endless ivy. Of course anyone who knows anything about building maintenance knows ivy will break up brick and water is always troublesome.

Here’s a photo of what it used to look like:

You’ll have to visit yourself to decide if you like it!

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