The Fairmont Empress
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 88%History Buffs
- 70%Art & Design Lovers
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- The Fairmont EmpressMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 6Sep 15, 2012
The Empress is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria. It faces the Inner Harbour and has become an iconic symbol for the City. It has also been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its national significance.
The Edwardian, Château-style hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific's steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away. The hotel opened in 1908 and was to serve businesspeople and visitors to Victoria, but later as Canadian Pacific ceased its passenger services to the city, the hotel was successfully remarketed as a resort to tourists. Victoria emerged as a tourist destination beginning in the mid-to-late 1920s. Over the years, The Empress played hostess to kings, queens, movie stars and many famous people. On May 30, 1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a luncheon at the Empress, as guests of the Provincial Government.
The Empress (with 477 rooms) has undergone many changes throughout the year. Additional wings were added between 1909 and 1914, and in 1928. In 1965, there was much debate on whether to tear down what was becoming a faded, dowdy hotel, to make room for a more modern, functional high-rise hotel. Instead, under what was called "Operation Teacup", the Hotel was refurbished. In 1989, over $45 MM was spent in what was called "The Royal Restoration". The goal was to restore the Empress to its original pre-war elegance. And even when Gayle and I were walking the grounds of the Empress, there was major work going on at the newer wing of the Hotel.
Gayle and I actually stayed at the Magnolia during our recent stay in Victoria, and it we both agree that it was our best Hotel choice. However, my good Calgary friend advises that for any of the Fairmont Hotels, the Gold Floor (a Hotel within a Hotel) is the place to be for that extra touch of luxury. What we did do here was take in Afternoon Tea (separate review), and wander around a lot outside and inside, and within the attached Victoria Conference Center (in Back). After all, this is a Signature property and a key piece of Victoria's history and identity. It 's a great ambiance to take in, enjoy and maybe toast its good fortune at the Bengal Lounge.Recommended for:
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- The Fairmont EmpressMay 04, 2013
Ranked #16 of 79 attractions in Victoria by Tripadvisor. Have "high tea" at the Fairmont Empress. This might not appeal to everyone as it is a pricey experience, however with that being said it is a wonderful experience that might not have been posible a few years back if you are gluten intolerant. It is a special experience and a good break from the tourist frenzy. Service was good.
- The Fairmont EmpressFirst to ReviewJul 04, 2012
if your ever going to visit victoria this is the place you must see. sure it's expensive and i can never stay there but just the sight of the massive hotel is breathtaking. the ivy all along the brick walls is so stunning and one step inside and you feel like royalty.
i have been to victoria many times and someday i will stay at the empress but until then i need to keep working and saving up the dough!
- The Fairmont EmpressMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 6Jul 04, 2012
This is a must stop when you are visiting Victoria.
The afternoon tea is one of the best on this side of the hemisphere.
At night, twinkle lights illuminate the whole building in an outline.
- The Fairmont EmpressJul 04, 2012
I'll have to admit that I got a little spoiled during my visit here. It was my first trip to Victoria to visit my boyfriend, and he got us a sweet room....but I did feel like an empress. High ceilings, nice comfy bed, and a great pool to swim in.
Staff was fantastic, and this is definitely one of those treats for special moments.
Dining options at The Fairmont Empress include 4 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an
There are 477 guestrooms at The Fairmont Empress. Guestrooms have city or water views. Beds come with premium bedding. Coffee/tea makers and minibars are offered. Bathrooms feature bathrobes and hair dryers. Wired high speed Internet access is available for a surcharge; guestrooms also offer phones, voice mail, and complimentary newspapers. Flat panel televisions have cable channels, video game consoles, and pay movies. Rooms also include ceiling fans, irons/ironing boards, and clock radios. Guests may request a turndown service, hypo allergenic bedding, and extra towels/bedding. Housekeeping is available. Cribs (infant beds) and rollaway beds are available on request. Guestroom renovations were completed in January 2010.
Additional fees and deposits may be charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.
- Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Pets Allowed
- Data Ports
- TV In Room
- Hair Dryer
- In-House Bar
- Meeting Rooms
- Clothing Iron
- In-House Dining
- Wake Up Service
- Family Rooms
- Coffee & Tea Maker
- Mini Bar In Room
- Handicap Accessible
Very Good!858 reviews across the web.
- Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
- Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
- Ambiance99% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
- Location94% liked the proximity to sightseeing.
- Service90% found the staff to be very friendly.
- Hotel85% thought it was clean.
- GroundsPool was lovely, according to 80%.
- Hotel BuildingBuilding is pleasant.