The Fairmont Empress
What We Love
- Bengal Lounge’s signature cocktail, which features locally distilled Victoria gin
- Afternoon tea on the hotel’s veranda
- The hotel’s bike share program provides instant access to the famous Galloping Goose cycling trail
What To Know
- The hotel is a popular tourist attraction
- WiFi costs extra
- Pets are permitted, but fees apply
- While stately, the hotel feels a bit dated
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Fairmont Empress rules Victoria’s majestic Inner Harbor as grandly as the adjacent British Columbia Parliament buildings. The interior decor is just as stately, with leather wingback chairs, heavy golden curtains and an exposed timber lattice etched on the high ceilings. Potted palms, wood paneling and a tiger pelt accent the clubby, British Empire ambience.
Bed and Bath
The 477 guestrooms offer plush rugs and chairs, vase-style lamps, walnut writing desks and neutral walls adorned with framed floral pictures, while a pastoral watercolor palette casts the bedrooms in a traditional motif. All rooms have views of the city, garden, courtyard or Inner Harbor. The bathrooms feature marble and porcelain touches.
Bengal Lounge executive chef Morgan Wilson creates dishes such as south Indian chicken biryani and cassoulet of seasonal vegetables. The Fairmont’s signature Willow Stream Spa pampers guests with more than 85 treatments. Sip an afternoon tea (such as Fairmont Earl Gray or Kea Lani orange pineapple) on the veranda and enjoy the vista of the Inner Harbor (the view is best during the late spring and summer). Elsewhere, there’s a fully equipped gym, a heated indoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.
In the Area
Victoria has grown out of its “wee bit o’Britain” reputation, adding local spirits, chic shopping districts and great culinary style to go with tearooms and brewpubs. Still Life, Addiction and North of Wednesday represent three of the brightest boutiques lining Johnson Street, in the trendy LoJo district. Tea lovers can relax along shopper-friendly Government Street at Silk Road, a local purveyor of interesting, organic green tea blends such as Moonlight on the Grove and Angelwater. The Empress’s apiary provides the honey for the popular Summer Haze Honey Hefe, crafted by Hoyne Brewing Company, one of four Victoria breweries.
How to Get There
I booked an impulsive holiday via Clipper Vacations. And i upgraded the Fairmont Empress to Gold Level. On arrival, i was directed to the F. Gold Lounge for check in. I discovered that i couldn't get Fairmont miles for booking via a 3P and i was super disappointed with that and I believe that it is unfair to not highlight that when booking with Clipper. However, the young lady checking me in - Flordeliza - was incredibly friendly, empathetic and did a great job coping with a tired annoyed me. In addition, i was upgraded to higher level room. As a regular Fairmont guest, i was not disappointed and may even say that this one may become my most favorite on the west coast. The Lounge service was superior! I was accomodated for my vegetarian diet, i got great walking path tips and excellent restaurant recommendations (Carolyn), Latte Machiatto exactly how i like it (Irwin), friendly face and friendly greetings alwasy (Alejandra). The location couldn't be more perfect. The restaurant quality was excellent, the gym was perfect, the spa excellent. I had the most marvelous stay at this hotel, and will look forward to making this at least an annual vacation. Thank you to the staff at the Lounge for making my stay delightful!
Our family trip to Victoria was made all the more memorable by staying at The Fairmont Empress. This is a lavish,luxurious and beautifully appointed hotel. The staff were spot on and on top of their game. Breakfast was particularly memorable and one of the best we have experienced. The gold level was well worth investing in
We picked this hotel because it always looks amazing whenever you visited Victoria. Wanted to try out the famous tea service. The tea was excellent , service and food met expectations, cost 180 C. We were able to check in early and late check out which was excellent. The room is newly renovated but the 6th floor has a quirky ceiling due the pitch of the roofline.
And the windows were small and no views.
But it did have 2 bathrooms. Would be excellent for family.
The grounds are beautiful and hotel personnel very friendly and helpful.