Rising regally on the banks of Victoria, British Columbia's spectacular Inner Harbor, The Fairmont Empress showcases the spirit and energy of Vancouver Island in grand style. Lovingly restored to her turn-of-the-century beauty, The Fairmont Empress captures the grandeur and elegance of a bygone era, while her facilities and services meet the needs of today's traveler. Kitty corner to the province's government legislature buildings - and equally as beautiful - The Fairmont Empess is a distinction in itself as "The Castle on the Coast".
The Fairmont Empress features 477 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, with magnificent views of the city, courtyard or spectacular Inner Harbor. With a selection of unique guest room sizes and categories to suit every taste, this landmark Fairmont property is a tribute to classic elegance. The beautifully renovated Fairmont Gold floor features a private lounge with lavish continental breakfast, honor bar and evening hors d'oeuvres, complemented by an attentive concierge team, executive boardroom and High Speed Internet access designed to meet the needs of the most discerning corporate or leisure traveler.
The Fairmont Empress does not have air-conditioning in their rooms, but all meeting rooms are air-conditioned. Please advise clients accordingly. Every guest room is equipped with ceiling fans and/or regular fans and guest room windows open completely. Victoria is on the ocean and a cool breeze at night during the summer is common. Guests will find that air conditioning is rarely, if ever, required in Victoria.
Every visit to The Fairmont Empress must include the coveted English ritual of Afternoon Tea. Under the watchful gaze of Queen Mary and King George V, your delightfully British tea and treats will be matched only by the attentive and friendly service. Equally as imperial is the famous Bengal Lounge with the famous curry buffet served daily. For a fine dining experience, make reservations at The Empress Room, easily the most impressive surroundings and one of the best cuisine offerings in Victoria. The Fairmont Empress also has 24 hour In-room Dining to satisfy appetites at any time of the day or night.
Steeped in tradition, The Fairmont Empress has been serving Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea for over a century. The majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea to famed celebrities, dignitaries and royalty alike.
Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie works his magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience - from your very first sip of our secret Tea at The Empress blend tea, right through to his freshly baked raisin scones served with heavy cream and strawberry preserves.
Served in the relaxing atmosphere of the elegantly restored Tea Lobby, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.
AFTERNOON ROYAL TEA:
As you take your seats in the opulent surroundings of the Empress Tea Lobby, treat yourself to a glass of award winning Sumac Ridge Steller's Jay Brut with the unrivalled selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones, pastries & teas...you'll feel like royalty.
PRINCE AND PRINCESS TEA:
We have tailored our renowned Afternoon Tea to suit the tastes of our tiniest travelers. 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 Empress Health Club features an indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi pool, children's wading pool, two saunas, change rooms (two) for men and women and a Fitness Center with multi-gym, rowing machines, stair climber, eliptical trainer, stationary bikes and treadmills.
The Fairmont Empress is one of the only luxury, 4 diamond hotel in Western Canada to have it's own Rose Garden. This oasis of fragrant smells and vibrant colours is a favourite for guests to experience, relax, and capture memorable photos. The Fairmont Empress prides itself as a hotel with remarkable garden features, manicured lawns, english ivy, fountains, and exceptional walkabouts - perfect places to promenade after your Afternoon Tea experience. For an even larger garden and flower experience, Butchart Gardens is one of Canada's most stunning botanical garden attractions; no visit to Victoria is complete without a visit to Butchart Gardens.
The Willow Stream Spa
Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress offers a variety of treatments and packages for men and women as well as spa cuisine. The Spa Ritual is a relaxing experience unique to Willow Stream. It was designed to introduce our spa guests to the health and relaxation benefits of traditional-style Finnish Sauna and Steam, as well as the legendary effects of the Hungarian Thermal Mineral Bath. This experience is 30 minutes in length and is recommended prior to taking any facial or body treatments to prepare the body for total relaxation and nourishment. Voted one the best spas in Canada by Conde Nast Traveller.