Accommodation in British Columbia

Fairmont Empress

Fairmont Empress

Address: 721 Government Street, Victoria, BC

What to Expect

Steeped in tradition with elegance and opulence flowing through its refined hallways, the Fairmont Empress surely is the "grand dame" of Vancouver Island’s hotels. Its ivy clad walls take pride of place on Victoria's Inner Harbour, making it a tourist attraction in itself, with many visitors flocking to take a peek at it.
A stay at the hotel is like stepping back in time. Beyond the more modern atrium style reception the hallways sweep through into the magnificent Empress Dining Room and beyond into the serene and elegant tea lounge where guests come from far and wide to experience Victoria's definitive Afternoon Tea. With several seating's throughout the day, guests can indulge in a decadent array of delicate sandwiches, sweet treats and scones whilst listening to the piano being played by the resident pianist. Continue further and you arrive in the Bengal Lounge. Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as Empress of India, the Bengal Lounge is renowned for its authentic curry cuisine and signature martini.

Beyond the sumptuous mouth-watering goodies on offer, the hotel also houses one of the first Fairmont Willow Stream Spas. With 85 authentically local aesthetic and spa treatments customized to your needs it is the perfect spot for a touch of pampering.

With 477 guest rooms, the Fairmont Empress is certainly not a boutique hotel, however, the traditional style of the hotel lingers on throughout the rooms from the original wood furniture through to the classic décor.


No stay at Fairmont Empress would be complete without a visit to one of the magnificent restaurants in this historic, iconic hotel. Whether you partake in the coveted English ritual of Afternoon Tea, savour the famous curry buffet in The Bengal Lounge, the impressive surroundings and exceptional cuisine guarantee a truly memorable dining experience. Fairmont Empress believes in a farm to plate philosophy of bringing the best of Vancouver Island to the table. Whenever possible, local ingredients from the nearby regions of the Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley are featured in hotel menus to showcase the best of Victoria and Vancouver Island.