The Fairmont Empress

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Average rate: $116 - Hotel class: 4 stars
721 Government Street, Victoria, Canada

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The Fairmont Empress Victoria Reviews

aelder2259 aelder22…
216 reviews
May 01, 2011
The only thing stopping me from rating The Fairmont Empress' afternoon tea as Outstanding is the price. The charge for just me was $64 Canadian for a pot of tea and a small tray of tiny finger sandwiches and bite-size pastries (their site says $$44 - $55 , but menu is set and you don't have a choice). They must think very highly of themselves to charge such a huge fee for such a small amount of food/beverage! Saying that, it is the must-do thing when visiting Victoria. Just be aware of the price or you will faint when they bring the bill!
Quite tasty tea
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Amber_Lights Amber_Li…
1 reviews
Spooky elegence Apr 05, 2011
Worth every penny. The hotel is located right in the inlet of downtown Victoria, just steps to the ocean. Make sure you check out the local ghost stories and haunting in the hotel itself!

The rooms are beautiful with high ceilings and period decor. Wonderful fluffy beds that you never want to leave!
x2chen x2chen
1 reviews
Afternoon tea - a must Apr 05, 2011
If ever going to Victoria, even not staying in the Fairmont hotel, go for an queen-class afternoon tea with the inner harbour view on the side. It definately worths a stop.
blucrnwmn blucrnwmn
3 reviews
Afternoon Tea is a must! Mar 08, 2008
This is a world-renowned and classically beautiful Hotel, centrally located in Victoria. If you love old-world charm and gracious surroundings, this is a must-visit! The afternoon tea is extraordinary--spoil yourself with truly royal treatment, the most delicous treats, and the best tea ever--and I have had afternoon tea in London to compare! The scones are like no other, the tea sandwiches were so good, and that's before you get to the sweet treats! The staff are all charming and very gracious, and you just feel so pampered! The Victoria Clipper out of Seattle offers great deals that include the boat trip from Seattle to Victoria and hotel accomodations for an excellent price. It is also well worth at least an overnight stay to take in all the sights (Butchart Gardens, Museum, etc), shopping, and dining fun that is Victoria!
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aelder2259 says:
It was nice, but really expensive for the tiny amount of food/beverage.
Posted on: May 02, 2011
hummingbird50 hummingb…
10 reviews
Nov 22, 2007
This year 2008, the Empress Hotel is celebrating her 100th year.

The Fairmont Empress Hotel is one of Victoria's highlights. This hotel was built in the Edwardian style and was recently restored to it's original grandeur. It has been a landmark in the city and a focal point in the inner harbor for over ninety years.

The hotel was originally designed by Francis Rattenbury and opened it's doors in 1908.

In true British tradition, the hotel is famous for it's afternoon tea serving 130,000 or more annually. The teas are accompanied by seasonal fruits, Chantilly cream, traditional raisin scones with thick jersey cream, strawberry preserves, sandwiches, pastries and tarts. all served in the elegant tea lobby, stately harbourside room or an intimate library lounge.

Through out it's history, the Fairmont Empress has played host to Kings, Queens, movie stars, and distinguished quests from around the world. In 1919 Edward, Prince of whales, waltzed till dawn in the Crystal ballroom-an event considered by the Victorians to be of great importance. Many hollywood celebrities, even Shirley Temple arrived accompanied by her parents.

In 1965 there was much debate on whether or not to tear down this faded, dowdy, hotel to make room for a more modern hotel. The decision was announced on June 10, 1966 that the Empress would not be demolished. Instead she would embark on a $4 million campaign of renovation playfully dubbed "operation teacup".

In 1989, over $45 million was spent in the royal restoration. all guests rooms were renovated, a health club, indoor pool, and guest reception were added. In 2001 a spa was added with willow stream features, 11 treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, Hungarian mineral bath and many more full service treatments.

The Fairmont has beautiful grounds to walk and sit, rose gardens that smell like heaven, trees and grass, the gardens change with the season and has a beauty all their own.

Being in the core of the city and in the inner harbor during summer there is much to do and see. The harbor is host to many craftspeople, entertainment at night. It sits close to the Imax theater, provincial museum, wax museum, whale watching tours, fishing and guides, carriage rides, close to parks and the ocean....lots to see here in this beautiful city.
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Koralifix says:
Sooo nicely written!
Posted on: Jun 04, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
Yes Kent...she is an old but well restored hotel...pretty awesome!!! Well if you don't bring her some...we would love some over at the bus depot:):):)
Posted on: Apr 17, 2009
bcbusdriver says:
Maybe I should bring the old girl a cake tomorrow when I drive by. Did not it was so old. Much older then the Hotel Vancouver.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2009

The Fairmont Empress Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Babysitting / Child Services
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Tennis Courts
  • Convention Center
  • Golf Course
  • Housekeeping
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Medical Assistance Available
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Guard
  • News Stand
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Mini Bar
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Secretarial Service
  • In Room Movies
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Porters
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Modem / Data Port
  • TV
  • CD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Boating
  • Water Activities
  • Fishing
  • Playground
  • Computer
  • Laptop
  • Photocopier
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Ballroom
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Exhibit Space
  • Disabled Accessible Rooms
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Salon
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Solarium
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Barber/Beauty Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Body Treatments
  • Facial Treatments
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Bathrobes
  • Towels
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Child Pool
  • Pool Indoor
  • Kids Club
  • Cots
  • Games Available
  • Highchairs
  • Supervised child care/activities
  • Picnic Area/Tables
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine
  • Bus Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Bedding/Pillow Choices
  • Doctor on call

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