The Fairmont Empress

721 Government Street, Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, V8W 1W5, Canada | 4 star hotel
Prices starting from $197.00

Travel Blogs from Victoria

A whale of a time

A travel blog entry by kjburton on Jul 18, 2014

3 photos

Today we went out into the sea just off the USA coastline to sea orca whales.
The sighging was not too bed as we did get to see about a dozen whales but only from a mandatory distance. In the afternoon we went to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. The gardens spread over 55 hectares and was established by Jennie Butchart many years ago. The …

Finally...the start of the holiday

A travel blog entry by paul_n_desiree on Jun 29, 2014

6 photos

Finally arrived at our Hotel in looks just as elegant live as it did in photos. After a 14 hr flight from Sydney to Vancouver, another 1/2 hr flight from Vancouver to Victoria and a 40 min bus ride, we are ready for a shower and a beer (maybe not in that order ! )
Have our Welcome dinner tonight.

The start of the …

West Coast Adventure Begins

A travel blog entry by sandyllew on May 27, 2014

4 comments, 13 photos

Arrived in beautiful Victoria on Sunday afternoon. What a gorgeous city it is!!!!!!
The Fairmont Empress is right in the heart of the city and from my room I overlook the Legislative Assembly Building (Parliament House to us Aussies). They lit it up for the Queens Diamond Jubilee and have left the lights..........spectacular indeed.
Ralph ( …

Recovery Day

A travel blog entry by dorothystokes on Aug 12, 2013

3 comments, 35 photos

On our travel agent's advice we have a couple of days to recover from the 29 hours in transit before the tour commences - but how tired can you be and still not really sleep much on the first night. 8 hour flight to Hong Kong - good seats, John on the aisle and no one sitting next to me. Not long to change in Hong Kong, plenty of exercise in the …

Day 4 - Victoria

A travel blog entry by pjcost on Sep 23, 2013

2 comments, 7 photos

We had a 5:45 am wake up call today which is waaay tooo early. We caught the early ferry from Seattle to Victoria and had a choppy crossing. Luckily they sell 2 motion sickness pills for 25 cents. Jeff was fine but even with the pills, I was a bit queasy. In the middle of the crossing I was looking for the equivalent of the air sickness bags that …

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This 4 star hotel, located in the Downtown area of Victoria, is near Royal British Columbia Museum, Fairmont Empress Hotel, National Geographic IMAX Theatre, and Pacific Undersea Gardens.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Fairmont Empress Victoria

    Reviewed by tc-mike-travels

    always a lady

    Reviewed Aug 24, 2012
    by (25 reviews) San Mateo , United States Flag of United States

    super experience on gold level...great room...better service!

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    Reviewed by ejdoran

    Fairmont Empress

    Reviewed Oct 23, 2005
    by (10 reviews) Minneapolis , United States Flag of United States


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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Fairmont Empress Victoria

    No Tell Hotel


    Yes the Empress is glorious and wonderful but somewhat remiss on their declaration that the rooms have no cooling!! Granted the whole northwest portion of North America was having a heat wave at the time of our visit but nowhere in booking discussions nor upon check-in are you advised of this missing "amenity". When the staff was asked why this isn't mentioned they deferred to management through their comment card system. At these prices the traveler should be advised not only what the hotel offers but also what they lack. I will report back what the hotel management staff has to say when and if this glorious event occurs!

    Empress does not care about clients


    My husband and I travelled to Victoria on May 20, 2002. On our second night at the hotel, I slipped and fell in the bathub causing severe soft tissue damage. The hotel manager was extremely pleasant and did not care I injured myself and ruined my vacation. This hotel has recently been under scrunity for numerous accidents which they are ignoring. I advise anyone staying at this hotel to think twice! There are other grand hotels in the Victoria area to stay at.

    Travellers beware!

    What a grand hotel.


    When my father found out we were going to Victoria he insisted we stay at the Empress. I called 3 times and got different rates all 3 times and I finally ended up with a low package rate for one night. We spent the night elsewhere for 2 other nights and now I wish we hadn't. The Empress was beyond my wildest expectations. Not only was it beautiful (though getting around the hotel can be arduous and confusing) the service was OUTSTANDING. The staff couldn't do enough for us and made us feel like royalty. We loved it so much, we added on an extra night.

    The Beautiful Empress


    I traveled to Victoria on a ferry about a year ago, and had a wonderful experience at the Empress Hotel. I was booked at a different hotel, but upon arrival, instantly changed my mind. As we landed in the harbour, I couldn't take my eyes off the Empress. I inquired about rooms, and was cordially given a nice one on the fourth floor. The interior of the hotel is lovingly restored to its original Victorian elegance. It also retains many of the graceful features one would expect of such a hotel, like the decorative but functional brass mail chute travelling from the top floor to the lobby. There is also a beautiful solarium complete with plants and glass ceilings. I did not go to the Empress' High Tea, but I still want to take my mother for her 60th birthday. It would be the perfect thing. The hotel staff were genuine and friendly, allowing me to leave my bags at the front desk until my ferry came on my departure date. The hotel is convenient to the (extremely) neat and clean downtown area--I don't think I saw one piece of litter! Overall, The Empress made a wonderful stay even better. It was the perfect accomodation to make my historical tour complete.

    Classy and elegant


    We stayed at the Fairmont March 7 - 9 and found it one of the best hotel experiences we've had. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The hotel is beautiful and historic. The food was excellent and we can't wait to go back.

    Simply beautiful


    My husband and I visited Victoria's Empress March 2002 and was simply amazed by the architecture and beauty of the hotel. The lobby areas are have all the features of a five-star hotel. We had a beautiful view from our room of the Parliment, which is lit up with white lights at night. Beautiful and romantic. The hotel sits right in front of the water. Don't miss high tea here, you really feel like you are in England.

    I recommend this hotel for anyone. It is wonderful!

    The Fairmont Hotel


    The hotel is beautiful. It will take you back in time to the Victorian era and is well worth the trip, especially if you can get a package deal. The only drawback is--they put smoking rooms right next to non-smoking rooms. It would be the same as putting a non-smoker at a dining table right next to a smoking table. Not good for an asthmatic.

    The Empress Rules!


    My sister had recommended the hotel to me, but when we booked our trip to Victoria for September, 2001, there was no availability. After the September 11th disaster, however, bookings were cancelled in large numbers. So we were able to walk in and get a "distressed rate" at the Empress. It wasn't cheap, but it was below the usual rates. I found the rooms to be very comfortable and the views of the Inner Harbor fantastic. But we spent most of our time out and about in Victoria, which is a beautiful city, and in the hotel itself, which is amazing. The bar, which looks like a British Raj bar in India from the last century, is dark and full of comfortable couches and a large fireplace. It's a great place to spend time and enjoy the atmosphere. I highly recommend the afternoon tea as well, which is quite a luxury and is held in a beautiful room with windows looking out to the harbor. This is one of those "must stay" places for people who like these sorts of places, because there just aren't that many places like this around.

    A Must Stay


    The Empress Hotel is a must stay in one's lifetime. It brings you back to an era way gone by.

    Guest rooms are very nice, albeit small compared to newer hotel rooms. But it was well worth the US$100 spent per night.

    I have never received finer service than in The Empress. The staff made me feel like I was someone really special, even though I was staying in one of the more economically priced rooms.

    Even though I recommend The Empress as a must stay at least once in a lifetime, it is my hotel of choice if I ever have the chance to go back to the great city of Victoria.

    Once is enough


    Service was excellent, but the accomodations do not warrant the extravagant price. Clean but certainly aged. The hallways were dim and the carpets well-worn. A historic landmark to be visited perhaps, but not stayed in

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Fairmont Empress Victoria

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