We enjoy historical moments, but not while sacrificing quality. The Empress has the nice smells that signify obvious age, but renovations have allowed this space to keep up the pace of the modern times.
This was our honeymoon stay. We'd been told not to spend an entire week here because there were better, newer hotels in the city, but I can affirm you that this hotel can still keep up the pace, especially with new renovations that have recently been made. The biggest key: book a Gold room. You'll receive amazing service, private concierge, and access to the convenient and delicious Gold Lounge. Go for it if you're in the area. The location is perfect for city strolls.