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#421 Bingo

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 02:03 PM

 Have not spent any money there since it closed.


Not even dropping by to swing from the chandelier?

#422 Gary H

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 08:43 PM

More on the Reno...


So first, the Bengal Lounge is still called, wait for it, the Bengal Lounge.  Difference is, as others have noted, it is now a reserved room for private parties etc.  It has been empty the couple times I have walked by.  Looks nice inside though.









Next up the entrance, they've added a large covered canopy over the driveway, and while the Delta Point has a plain old shuttle van for its guests, the Empress has at least two white high end BMWs.  





The new lobby is really spacious, it's a nice reno, and the chandelier is quite the centerpiece.  But because of the smaller mezzanine area, they're no longer going to host the Christmas tree decorating competition/display.  Too bad.









Lastly, The Q at the Empress, both restaurant and lounge just doesn't have the elegant warmth that it used to.  The Q means the Queen, Queen Victoria in case the overpowering artwork didn't clue you in.  While the lounge is modern, maybe a bit too modern, it used to be part of the Empress Dining Room.  We had a Christmas Eve dinner there a few years back and sat in a cozy table by the window - you can't do THAT anymore.  Here's an old vs. new comparison of sorts.


View from our table looking back into the restaurant (now the lounge).





A similar view from the windows today (from the Empress Hotel picture gallery https://www.qattheem...s.com/gallery/#)






Oh, and did I mention the Q stands for Queen?   :D






Edited by Gary H, 04 July 2017 - 09:39 PM.

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#423 Nparker

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:12 PM

$60 million in renovations and they couldn't replace the carpet leading into the Bengal Lounge or is it just that absolutely no one actually uses this space anymore? I can't blame them; the new owners sure as hell have emptied the BL space of any of its former charm.  :whyme:

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#424 HB

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 09:21 PM

its refreshing .......like throwing out  that rotten old couch from the 80s and buying something new and modern

#425 Hotel Mike

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:03 PM

I thought they managed to retain some nice features Nparker. They still have those funky fans, ornate woodwork, and old lights. They replaced the tiger skin over the fireplace with a somewhat tacky Indian piece. The biggest problem is that none of us regular Victoria folk will ever get to see it again, unless we are at a special event held there.

Don't be so sure.:cool:

#426 Nparker

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Posted 05 July 2017 - 03:07 PM

I thought they managed to retain some nice features Nparker...

But what's the deal with those tables and horribly uncomfortable looking chairs?  :eek:


#427 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:46 AM

That crazy seagull pepperoni story is the number two most emailed article at the New York Times right now.



“They’d been eating Brothers TNT pepperoni — I’m specific with the TNT because it’s hot,” he recalled. “They’d been eating that for about five hours, and you can imagine what the room looked like. They were carrying on their life processes in there.”

Excrement, feathers and pepperoni chunks were everywhere.

“Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a sea gull’s digestive system,” he wrote. “The smell,” he recalled in the radio interview, “was overwhelming.”




The first time I heard it on Facebook I assumed it was an old fake urban legend and that someone edited The Empress in to give it some local flavor. The story just seemed too implausible. I googled the first few words expecting to see a long list of variants but absolutely nothing came up. It was a completely original story. Then the local media picked it up. Then the Empress confirmed the ban and the story went viral and was picked up by the major papers.

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#428 mbjj

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:55 PM

I hadn't seen that photo of the horrible furniture before today. I think all of the furniture there now is tacky. The afternoon tea area lacks charm (horrible tables). Too bad as we used to enjoy the Bengal Lounge for special occasions.

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:15 PM

^^ It didn't help that the pepperoni story was published on April 1.
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Posted 05 March 2020 - 09:58 AM

Unifor Local 4276, which represents workers at the Empress Hotel, has served strike notice. via https://www.cbc.ca/n...toria-1.5486040

#431 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 26 March 2023 - 01:00 AM

Fairmont Empress hotel workers vote 97% in favour of job action
No strike deadline has been set. The union is required to give 72 hours’ notice of job action.


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