Fairmont Empress

Stunning Building that Captures the Bygone Era

The Fairmont Empress sits regally on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbour and is regarded as the place to stay whilst in Victoria. The architecture of this stunning building captures the essence of a bygone era. Even if you don't stay here, the coveted English ritual of afternoon tea and scones is an institution that can't be missed. From exhilarating ocean bound whale watching safaris, world class cultural exhibits and mouth watering local cuisine to scenic garden and winery tours, you will be awestruck by the countless experiences Victoria and The Fairmont Empress have to offer! We highly recommend it!

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Hotel Category
Luxury
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Tripadvisor rating 4783 Reviews

Hotel highlights

  • Waterfront Location
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Spa
  • Historic Building

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    16:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 477 rooms

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Iconic
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

For Families

  • Babysitting

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Fairmont Empress

  • 30 minutes from Victoria International Airport
  • Take a stroll along Victoria's scenic Inner Harbour
  • Visit nearby Butchart Gardens
  • Enjoy a sunset whale watching cruise
  • Hire a bike to explore the fantastic trails throughout Victoria
4783 Reviews 79% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2588
  • Very Good 1224
  • Average 560
  • Poor 269
  • Terrible 142

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Nov 09, 2019

The road to Tofino. "The Castle on the Westcoast"

Vancouver, Canada

On a short road trip to Tofino travelling with an Aussie friend with the opportunity to show Vancouver Island and the only choice to stay when in Victoria on this adventure was simply the Fairmont Empress. Having already having stayed at most Canadian Pacific Hotels historic properties, the Fairmont Empress was of course the westcoast gem and beckoned my first stay. I utilized a 'locals rate" which included parking ( in and out privileges), a beautifully appointed room on the fifth floor with two queen size beds and standard Fairmont expectation of the whole experience. This hotel, steeped in British Columbia's history was also was 'literally the crown' experience of the stay. We were greeted in a welcome and friendly manner and check-in was expeditiously taken care of, including the small chat of the awarenesses of the 'roadwork' on the way to Tofino - in ensuring we were aware of the delays on the way. The refurbished hotel looks great and pays great homage to its regal namesake. Although my stay was short, breakfast in the 'Q' dining room was hearty and hot. We were served promptly and with no rush. The hotel services such as pool and jacuzzi were easily located and generous supply of towels, robes and slippers available. The Fairmont Empress - surpassed my expectation and made a great impression to my guest in showing this small part of Canada before heading to Canada's wilderness and rugged coast.
Nov 05, 2019

Going here since I was a kid, still love it.

Vancouver, Canada

Really still a great place for tea and to visit. I used to live on the island would head up to Victoria a fair bit and loved to stop in at the hotel. Took the wife and kids for tea and sandwiches which was also great.
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Fairmont Empress

Facilities

Health club

Gift Shops

Willow Stream Spa

Indoor pool

Fairmont Empress

Room Types

Fairmont Room

Fairmont rooms haveone king, one queen, two doubles or two twin beds with either a view of the city or inner courtyard. All come with ceilling fan.

  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • TV

Harbour View Deluxe Room

Harbour view delux rooms haveone king, one queen, two doubles or two twin beds. Rooms have seating area and views of the harbour. All rooms have ceiling fans.

  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Towels included
  • TV

Deluxe Room

Delux rooms have one king or two queen beds with a seating area and views of the city or inner courtyard. All come with ceiling fan.

  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Towels included
  • TV

Signature Room

Singnature rooms have one king bed with a view of the inner harbour. All rooms have ceiling fans.

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Junior Suite

Junior Suites have one king bed. with a studio design, sofabed anddistinct sitting area with a city view. All rooms come with a ceiling fan.

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

One Bedroom Suite

One bedroom suites have one king with Sofabed. All havetworooms -a bedroom andparlor with dividing door with a city or harbour View.

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Fairmont Gold Room

Fairmont gold rooms have one king bed with a harbour or city view. Located on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel. Guests will have anightly turn-down service

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

DOUBLE CITY VIEW-FAIRMONT GOLD

DOUBLE DELUXE

DOUBLE FAIRMONT GOLD-HARBOUR VIEW

DOUBLE HARBOUR VIEW

DOUBLE FAIRMONT ROOM

DOUBLE SIGNATURE

DOUBLE GUEST ROOM

DOUBLE SEA VIEW

DOUBLE LUXURY

Fairmont Empress

Food & Drink

The Fairmont Empress offers guests a vibrant variety of dining experiences found throughout the iconic hotel. From indulging in traditional Afternoon Tea or sampling a craft, signiture cocktail to a must-visit culinary experience in the Q Restaurant - there is something to suit everyone.

tea lobby

The Bengal Lounge

The Empress Room

The Veranda

Board Basis Options

Room Only

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