Empress Hotel

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The Empress Hotel has several ghosts, including a thin, mustached man with a cane (believed to be its architect, Francis Rattenbury) and a ghost maid who still cleans on the sixth floor. The ghost of an employee who hanged himself was seen near the fated chandelier from which he did the deed (now made over into luxury suites), and a young girl haunts one of the guest rooms. There was another ghost who haunted the room where she passed away, although that room was rebuilt into a series of elevators. Since then, the apparition of an elderly lady in PJs has been known to knock on guest room doors, looking lost, and lead the surprised guests toward the elevators, where she vanishes.

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Empress Hotel
Victoria, BC

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48.421902, -123.36856399999999
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  1. Debbie Shurtleff  |  

    In about 1983 or 1984, my ex-husband and I were visiting Victoria. We stopped in the Empress Hotel. We went up the elevator to an abandoned floor. We were walking down the hallway. At the exact same time, we both got a creepy feeling, turned around and ran back toward the elevators as quickly as we could.

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