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The Fairmont Empress

721 Government St, Victoria, BC, Canada


The Fairmont Empress


Insider Tip

For more than a century celebrities, royalty, and dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II, Shirley Temple, and Barbara Streisand have enjoyed the hotel’s legendary Afternoon Tea. This time honored tradition takes place daily in the majestic tea lobby complete with wing back chairs, hand-carved tables, and antique tapestries. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Hotel Overview

On scenic harbor
Located in British Columbia’s capital city, Fairmont Empress sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbor surrounded by art, entertainment and cultural attractions. Built in 1908, Fairmont Empress features turn-of-the-century architecture, warm personalized service, unrivaled event space, award-winning restaurants and the luxurious Willow Stream Spa.
Victorian elegance
Known for the ivy-clad historic landmark property, the Fairmont Empress has regally risen over the harbour since 1908 and captures the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era. Named for Queen Victoria with turn of the century architecture, the hotel is renowned for its daily afternoon tea, beautiful rose gardens and fine dining in the Empress Room while the Indian-themed Bengal Lounge, is famous for its curry buffet and martinis.
Afternoon Tea
A time honoured tradition for over a century, Fairmont Empress has been serving Afternoon Tea to guests from around the world. Over the years, Fairmont Empress’ pastry chefs have perfected the scones, shortbread and rest of the delicacies to truly delight the senses. From the original blend of The Empress Tea created specifically for The Fairmont Empress, served in dainty William Edwards china and sterling silver service to the enchanting ambiance of the live piano, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria. <p>Fairmont Empress has tailored the renowned Afternoon Tea to suit the tastes of the littlest guests. Children can now experience the grandeur and elegance of the famous Tea Lobby, and be made to feel like Princes and Princesses while participating in this coveted tradition.
The Fairmont Store in Fairmont Empress
Indulge your senses when you browse this wonderful Victorian tea shop. Offering the world-famous Empress-blend tea, exclusive china patterns and an extensive collection of specialty teas and gift items to complete your tea experience while in Victoria. Located across from the Tea Lobby.

Property Location
The Fairmont Empress is in the heart of Victoria, within a 5-minute walk of Maritime Museum of British Columbia and British Columbia Parliament Building. This 4-star hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Victoria Bug Zoo and 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Victoria Harbour.

Make yourself at home in one of the 464 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with bathtubs or showers feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. This Edwardian hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Enjoy American cuisine at Q at the Empress, one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of the 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. Full breakfasts are available daily from 630 AM to 1130 AM for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in. Planning an event in Victoria This hotel has facilities measuring 22600 square feet (2100 square meters), including conference space. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle at scheduled times and a cruise ship terminal shuttle.


721 Government St, Victoria, BC, Canada


YYJ - Victoria Airport



The Fairmont Empress accommodations features 477 luxuriously appointed non-smoking guest rooms and suites, with magnificent views of the City,Garden, Courtyard or spectacular Inner Harbour. With a selection of unique guestroom sizes and wide array of Victoria luxury hotel accommodations to suit every taste, this landmark Fairmont property is a tribute to classic elegance in accommodation. <p> Fairmont Gold is the ultimate luxury experience on Vancouver Island, a boutique hotel experience within a hotel. These luxury accommodations offer the added features including private Concierge lounge access with lavish continental breakfast, honour bar and evening hors d'oeuvres with attentive Concierge team.


  • Air conditioning
  • Free newspaper
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Phone
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathrobes
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Designer toiletries
  • Desk
  • Video-game console
  • Premium bedding
  • Pay movies
  • Slippers
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Electric kettle
  • Portable fan
  • Number of bathrooms -


Property Amenities

This Victoria hotel overlooks Inner Harbour, just a few steps from the shops of Government Street. The hotel features a full-service spa and a 24-hour health club with a heated indoor pool, spa tub, children’s pool, saunas, and a fitness center. The 24-hour business center includes private workstations and high-speed Internet access (surcharge); wireless Internet access is available in the lobby (surcharge). Additional hotel amenities include babysitting/childcare, concierge services, and 24-hour room service.

The amenities listed below are available on site; fees may apply:

  • Bar/lounge
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fitness facilities
  • Indoor pool
  • ATM/banking
  • Concierge services
  • Gift shops or newsstand
  • Shopping on site
  • Total number of rooms -
  • Number of floors -
  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Conference space
  • Coffee/tea in common areas
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Spa tub
  • Garden
  • Health club
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Express check-out
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Meeting rooms
  • Sauna
  • Wedding services
  • Express check-in
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Year Built
  • Number of restaurants -
  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference space size (feet) -
  • Conference space size (meters) -
  • Cruise terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Ferry terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Long-term parking (surcharge)
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet hall

Number of floors: 8

Number of suites: 35

Number of rooms: 477


Empress Room
Notably the most picturesque dining room in Victoria, The Empress Room combines impeccable service with an exquisite menu. The finest ingredients with a "farm to fork" philosophy of bringing Vancouver Island's epicurean-rich cuisine to your table are marveled into culinary masterpieces paired with an extensive wine list. Dine beneath the ambience of a hand-crafted wood ceiling where iconic movie stars, royalty and notable guests have dined; - if only these walls could talk! An experience not soon to be forgotten. 
The Bengal Lounge
The world famous Bengal Lounge has long been known for its luxury, style and uncompromising hospitality. It has been recognized throughout North America as one of the best bars for its famous Martinis and renowned Curry Buffet.
The Veranda
No visit to Victoria should be without a seat on The Veranda at The Fairmont Empress; The Veranda is the perfect setting for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the sights and sounds while overlooking Victoria's picturesque Inner Harbour. <p> The talented Culinary Team at The Fairmont Empress have created a sumptuous farm-to-table menu featuring some of Vancouver Island's finest ingredients for your dining experience.


Guests at the Empress work out in a fitness center equipped with three treadmills, two elliptical trainers, two exercise bikes, strength-training machine, and free weights. The gym overlooks a 60-foot atrium pool located next to a hot tub. Fitness center changing rooms have showers, toiletries, towels, lockers, and saunas.

Bicycle and watercraft rentals are available across the street at Victoria's scenic Inner Harbour. Hotel staff can provide guests with running maps, water bottles, and towels. Flightseeing tours and whale-watching excursions depart from docks in the harbor.

The hotel is two blocks from Beacon Hill Park, an expansive facility with walking and running trails, a petting zoo, tennis courts, and magnificent views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the distant mountains of the Olympic Peninsula.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or near this downtown Victoria hotel; fees may apply.
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat launch
  • Fishing
  • Golf - driving range
  • Golf - miniature
  • Golfing
  • Helicopter/airplane sightseeing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Ice skating
  • Mountain biking
  • Pilates classes/instruction
  • Playground
  • Racquetball/squash
  • Rowing or canoeing
  • Running track/path
  • Sailing
  • Scooter/Moped Rentals
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water skiing
  • Whale-watching
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga classes/instruction