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HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.
Where would the original grand hotel in the most British town in British Columbia be without high tea in the afternoon?
The Empress Hotel opened in 1909 in the style of an Edwardian chateau and hosted a steady stream of British royalty and celebrities. It went through several rounds of additions and renovations and became part of the newly formed Fairmont chain in 1999, when the Canadian Pacific railway company spun off its hotels and rebranded them.
Lucy, a two-year-old basset hound wondered up to the hotel just before midnight last Wednesday night with no owner in sight, the dog was treated to a bed, blankets, a water bowl, and dog treats.
More than a day later the dogs owner, who had tied Lucy up outside a nearby restaurant, claimed Lucy from the hotel.
Sounds like the Empress treated the hound better than they treat some guests.
· Fairmont Empress Reviews [TripAdvisor]