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Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont Empress Hotel Pool
Fairmont Empress Hotel Pool

My wife and I just spent a week in Victoria BC. Had to get away, relax and spend some quality time together. We selected the Fairmont Empress and it was Awesome! The Hotel is beautiful and I don’t think that there could be a better place to stay on the island. A special thanks to Nathan the Frontdesk manager when we arrived and to Della who took good care of us when dining or spending time at the bar relaxing. Only a few places have a true business culture that exceeds our expectations…the Fairmont Empress is one of them.

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

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Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont Empress Hotel Pool
Fairmont Empress Hotel Pool

Absolutely gorgeous hotel with impeccable landscaping and views at an incredibly reasonable price! The ferry might as well drop you off at the front door. My husband and I could not get over the quality AND quantity of the breakfast and Happy Hour buffets! From the wine to the salmon = WOW! We would return to BC just to stay here. Highly recommend!!

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont Empress Hotel Room
Fairmont Empress Hotel Room

It was very neat to stay here at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. We were here for a convention and travelled with myself, my husband and six year old son. It is a grand hotel under a grand renovation so expect a lot of diversions to regular dining, hallways and rooms etc… I am sure it will be utterly breathtaking once they are done restorations. The rooms are what you would expect from a historical building of its age with grand ceilings and remarkable woodwork. The bathrooms look renovated from 1970s ish and are in desperate need of updates. There are flat screens and coffee makers so you aren’t going back in time too extremely. The cleaning is impeccable and the concierge was also very very good.
There weren’t any water vending machines, which I think would look out of place obviously with the ambience of the last century but it is needed somewhere I think. The water from bathroom tap was cloudy and unappealing.
The view of the Parliament buildings from our window at night was awesome! The location is fantastic. Right beside the BC Royal Museum, and close to ferry terminal, public transit, shops, and shopping.
Glad we were able to experience the high tea and overall unique experience at this impressive landmark.

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Fairmont Empress Hotel Room
Fairmont Empress Hotel Room

I wanted to do something different for my birthday and stayed here for two nights. Just fantastic. You have to stay at the Empress at least once. What a joy. Did the afternoon tea service and used the hotel as a base to explore the region. So much to see and do. Great service, super clean and well appointed room with unique layout one would find in a historic hotel. It’s one of the famed original ‘chateau’ style rail hotels of Canadian Pacific so there is lots of history here. Must do the curry buffet at the Bengal lounge and say hello to Trevor ( the tiger over the hearth).

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

My stay last weekend at this hotel was a bittersweet experience.

On the one hand, the hotel was excellent. The service was great, the housekeeping was impeccable and the dining was very good. The spa is exceptional.

On the other hand, the hotel is undergoing changes away from “timeless” and “classic” to a “hip” . “West Coast” and “modern” style.

Unfortunately, from what I can see, the new owners don’t seem to respect to the history of the place. They appear to want to replace the hotel’s British elegant colonial style into something more common; something “reflecting the West Coast” (what hotel doesn’t do that in Victoria, Vancouver or Seattle???).

I believe they must be insane to close the Bengal Lounge. The Bengal Lounge is a gorgeous, unique and elegant fantasia of an Anglo-Indian Club circa 1900-1920. The lounge is a tourist landmark in itself with the roaring fire, punkka fans, tiger skin, plush leather chairs and elegant woodwork. Once you get inside this luxurious room, you simply do not want to leave (maybe that’s why they are closing it down???).

The smooth cocktails, service, live jazz music and curry buffet top off the atmosphere which cannot be found anywhere in North America (and is rare even in Europe). I suggest anyone reading this make a visit now before they shut it down for good.

By all means, upgrade the rooms and polish the place up, but there are certain parts of this hotel which should not be disrupted in the manner they propose. Please rethink what you are doing.

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Indu Brar Empress hotel Victoria BC
Indu Brar Empress hotel Victoria BC

Indu Brar has been in the hotel industry 27 years, working as a general manager at several hotels since 2007. She just took over as the first female general manager of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, where she is overseeing a major renovation slated for completion next spring.  …  Vancouver Sun Article

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bengal Lounge
Empress Room
Veranda
Bicycle rental
Health Club
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Sauna
Willow Stream, The Spa at Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Right from the get go this stay was flawless … from the outstanding behind the scene front desk chap named Nathan super service leading up to the stay. To the bell service of the kindest man I’ve met in ages Jonathan who went above and beyond ( I believe spells his name slightly different ) the stay will be a lasting topic when I share my service experiences with colleagues,staff and customers . Ive stay in this hotel for over
45 years and have always enjoyed the ambiance this time however the service and class was over the top and will provide a great memory GH

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bar
Barber/beauty shop
Bicycle rental
Business centre
Concierge service
Facilities for disabled guests
Family rooms
Fitness centre
Gift shop
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Restaurant
Room service
Safety deposit box
Sauna
Spa and wellness centre
Valet parking

Fairmont Empress Hotel

Hotel is undergoing a complete renovation but the inconvenience was only very minor. We have generally high expectations especially for a hotel of this standard so to have been as pleased as we were is not the norm. From check in to our room to the service and food in the Bengal Lounge [The Empress Room was closed due to the renovations], everything met or exceeded our expectations. Since the hotel does not have air conditioning in the yet to be renovated part, one may want to avoid this section of the hotel during warm months until the renovations are complete unless the room rate offered is significantly less than for the renovated rooms.

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
Bar
Barber/beauty shop
Bicycle rental
Business centre
Concierge service
Facilities for disabled guests
Family rooms
Fitness centre
Gift shop
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Pets allowed
Private parking
Restaurant
Room service
Safety deposit box
Sauna
Spa and wellness centre
Valet parking

Fairmont Empress Hotel

A girlfriend and I spend a pre-Christmas weekend in Victoria on an annual basis. The hotel is ideally situated in the Inner Harbour; close to restaurants and pubs and car rental.

The hotel is undergoing renovations but it didn’t bother us at all. The hotel seemed rather full so we did hear some noise in the halls from “excited” guests at 2am, though it passed quickly.

The room was clean and well appointed. Service is top notch, from the front desk and porters to Bengal Lounge and Empress Room for breakfast.

The hotel has updated and clarified their directions if you do the email check in (we had some difficulty last year). We were disappointed that the Festival of Trees was not in the hotel this year, though the view of amazing light display outside makes up for it.

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas. Designed for comfort,  guest rooms offer daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

View Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria  on a map

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
24-hour front desk
ATM/cash machine on site
Babysitting/child services
Bar
Barber/beauty shop
Bicycle rental
Business centre
Concierge service
Currency exchange
Dry cleaning
Facilities for disabled guests
Family rooms
Fitness centre
Gift shop
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Ironing service
Laundry
Lift
Luggage storage
Massage
Meeting/banquet facilities
Newspapers
Non-smoking throughout
Pets allowed
Private parking
Restaurant
Room service
Safety deposit box
Sauna
Shoeshine
Shops (on site)
Spa and wellness centre
Valet parking
Vending machine (drinks)

Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITYFairmont Empress Hotel
721 Government Street , Victoria, BC

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The Fairmont Empress Hotel is located across from the harbor and offers Wi-Fi in public areas, babysitting, laundry service, meeting facilities, elevator are there for guest’s enjoyment. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer ironing facilities, daily newspaper, in room safe, internet access – wireless (complimentary), indoor pool, massage, steam room, spa, pool (kids).

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Fairmont Empress Hotel Amenities
24-hour front desk
ATM/cash machine on site
Babysitting/child services
Bar
Barber/beauty shop
Bicycle rental
Business centre
Concierge service
Currency exchange
Dry cleaning
Facilities for disabled guests
Family rooms
Fitness centre
Gift shop
Hot tub
Indoor pool (all year)
Ironing service
Laundry
Lift
Luggage storage
Massage
Meeting/banquet facilities
Newspapers
Non-smoking throughout
Pets allowed
Private parking
Restaurant
Room service
Safety deposit box
Sauna
Shoeshine
Shops (on site)
Spa and wellness centre
Valet parking
Vending machine (drinks)