Since 1898, the Fairmont Empress has been Victoria's most iconic and celebrated hotel. Set in prime position on Victoria's Inner Harbour and next to the government buildings, its fascinating history and pedigree is a marvel for all visitors to the city.
Victoria's most iconic hotel with the prime location on the Inner Harbour front
Beautiful historic building with wonderful harbour views
Famous afternoon tea served daily
Wonderful Willow Stream spa and indoor pool
Steeped in tradition with elegance and opulence flowing through its refined hallways, the Fairmont Empress surely is the "grand dame" of Vancouver Islands hotels. Its ivy clad walls take pride of place on Victoria's Inner Harbour, making it a tourist attraction in itself, with many visitors flocking to take a peak at it.
A stay at the Fairmont Empress is like stepping back in time. Beyond the more modern atrium style reception the hallways sweep through into the magnificent Empress Dining Room and beyond into the serene and elegant tea lounge where guests come from far and wide to experience Victoria's definitive Afternoon Tea. With several seating's throughout the day, guests can indulge in a decadent array of delicate sandwiches, sweet treats and scones whilst listening to the piano being played by the resident pianist. Continue further and you arrive in the Bengal Lounge. Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as Empress of India, the Bengal Lounge is renowned for its authentic curry cuisine and signature martini.
Beyond the sumptuous mouth-watering goodies on offer, the hotel also houses one of the first Fairmont Willow Stream Spas. With 85 authentically local aesthetic and spa treatments customized to your needs it is the perfect spot for a touch of pampering.
With 477 guest rooms, the Fairmont Empress is certainly not a boutique hotel, however, the traditional style of the hotel lingers on throughout the rooms from the original wood furniture through to the classic décor.
The Fairmont Gold Floor with its superb harbour views and dedicated lounge and concierge offers the best accommodations in the hotel. Having recently undergone a multi million dollar refurbishment, these are the freshest rooms in the hotel, many with new bathrooms and come highly recommended, along with the superb additional extras of being part of the Fairmont Gold experience
For those who would like to be part of the full Victoria experience, a stay at the Fairmont Empress is a must.
When to visit
Become a member of the Fairmont President's Club, it's free to join and guests enjoy lots of little extras during their stay
Located right on Victoria's Inner Harbour on Vancouver Island, this iconic hotel has the absolute prime location.
It is a 9-hour flight to Vancouver followed by a 30-minute seaplane flight to Victoria Inner Harbour.
Tea at The Fairmont Empress
High Tea at The Empress is a quintessential Victoria experience. The grand Fairmont Empress has been serving exquisite afternoon tea to royalty, celebrities and the public since 1908 and the chance to enjoy this sophisticated event must not be missed.
Whale Watching from Victoria
This amazing sea excursion by open Zodiac is an unforgettable way to get up close and personal with the minke, gray and orca whales that inhabit these waters during the summer months, along with an array of other marine species such as harbour seals.