4.0
Very Good 4535 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Grande dame hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, with a spa, restaurant, pool and afternoon tea

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

The Fairmont Empress
721 Government St
Victoria, V8W1W5 Canada

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 4535 Reviews
Only stayed one night
Reviewed 1 day ago

But very impressive. Room had king size bed, nice bathroom and location is great. Yes beautiful and elegant. We had breakfast next morning which was also great. Thank you Cheryl. By the way, we were greeted by Winston who is a charmer.

'Empressed' with the Customer Service
Reviewed 1 day ago

Stayed here for a couple of nights. Great location right in the middle of all the action. The location could not be better. Can walk everywhere on foot from here including China Town and felt very safe at night! The legislature is right across the street as well as the habour and everything is lite up beautifully at night. I gave this Fairmont hotel a 4 star but only because it doesn't some of the bells and whistles the others do but whatever they do not have, they more than make up in customer service....outstanding and will give this a 5 star!!!! Had high tea overlooking the harbour accompanied by piano, truly beautiful! Yousef's service was outstanding....thank you. Do not hesitate to stay here...great central location!

The Fairmont Hotel
Reviewed 1 day ago

My sister and I spent the weekend in Victoria and it felt like we were in UK. Pus the weather was gorgeous. Couldn't have a better weekend. We really enjoyed our stay. The food was excellent in the restaurant we went to.

Beautiful Elegance
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful! Hotel! Attended a conference here over 5 days. My room was fabulous, king sized bad, two full bathrooms and a sitting room. Hotel staff are lovely and helpful. The hotel is clean and inviting. They even have a hotel dog! Hotel is located at then heart of downtown right on the waterfront and surrounded by pubs, restaurants and shopping. Two restaurants on site, you can have high tea if you desire! Health club on site and a spa. stay here if
You can.

My Experience
Reviewed 6 days ago

This hotel delivered in every way! The staff was incredible, friendly, helpful and welcoming. The check in and check out procedure was quick and easy with the invoice emailed promptly. The valet parking staff were friendly and prompt. The restaurant was excellent with good food and great service. The Empress Tea was truly wonderful. Thank you for a lovely experience!