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The luxurious Fairmont Empress is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, and it’s no wonder that some of its distinguished guests have decided not to leave.

A regular sighting from both guests and staff is a slender man sporting a mustache and holding a cane walking on the staircase to the lower lobby and down hallways. He’s apparently the ghost of the architect, Francis Rattenbury, who helped build the hotel. Rattenbury’s spirit is said to have returned to the Fairmont Empress after death, hoping to hear the people’s praise once again for his architectural masterpiece.

Other reports include a maid continuing her daily duties on the sixth floor, still cleaning after her death. A vision of a young girl has also been seen, as well as the apparition of an employee who reportedly had taken his own life in the west tower of the building. Guests have reported an elderly woman in pajamas knocking on their door, and when they try to help her find her room, she leads them toward the elevator before vanishing.

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