The Fairmont Empress is one of the best hotels in British Columbia, Canada. It has been named a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List hotel and has also been singled out by Travel + Leisure as a top Canadian Hotel. You’ll find the building near the beautiful Inner Harbour and the rich culture of the city center. It has 464 suites and guest rooms, each with luxurious appointments and its amenities include meeting and event space, and fantastic dining at the 3,000 square foot Bengal Lounge, which has been around for over sixty years.
The Bengal Lounge opened in 1912 and originally functioned as a writing and reading room before it was transformed into the Coronet Lounge in 1954 and became the first cocktail lounge in Victoria. When the Empress was renovated in the 1960s, the Coronet became the Bengal Lounge.
Unfortunately, the Bengal Lounge will be closing its doors due to the $30 million renovation currently underway at the Empress. These renovations include a re-imagining of the hotel’s tea lobby into an all-new tea lobby that also boasts an accompanying cocktail lounge overlooking the Inner Harbour plus new restaurants and lounges. Various dining rooms throughout the hotel are also being either redone or transformed entirely.
The Empress Hotel renovations are expected to be completed in June and also include improving 245 guest rooms. As for the Bengal Lounge, it will be winding down services but the space itself will continue to exist. If you’ve never been there and you happen to live or plan on visiting Canada, make sure to stop by before it closes its doors for good.
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