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
Don't let them put you in the Tower....there is no ambiance there. If you are a dog lover, ask them to let you walk Winston....or maybe he will walk you. Staff is great, lovely grounds and atmosphere, but overpriced.
Even if you are not staying at the Empress Fairmont take a walk through their gardens and the public spaces. It really is a wonderful building and they take such care of their gardens. They even have a bee garden.
Parked my car in valet parking and went to pick up next morning, i noticed back seat looked diferent. Upon further inspection the golf shirts that i had purchased at differnt courses were gone. Then i noticed a $600 vase my wife purchased was gone, my dirty laundry with other golf shirts i had purchased at numerous course which can never be replaced was in the bag, Gone. Next my golf shoes were gone. I was going golfing that morning luckily they were still there. Spoke with two mangers and they were going to be our ambassadors and wanted us to go to police station. At first i did not want to but i said OK. We went to police station and they were closed. I would think they would know that. Then our ambassadors said they could do it online, then why waste my time? Lastly and not least when we got our bill the charge for valet parking for 3 nights was on it. Come on enough is enough. Still waiting for solution to our $1,000 loss. Asked about comping room and we would feel better, sorry can't do that was the reply. Have asked for police report they sent in 3 times and still have not recieved. Did get report for parking company after asking 3 times. I feel violated. Not a big fan of the Ambassadors.