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Fairmont Empress Hotel

721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia V8W1W5, Canada (Downtown)
250 384 8111
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Ranked #16 of 64 Attractions in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It's a Fairmont property so it's on the spectacular side of beautiful. You don't have to have Tea (spendy) but the room is really nice.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We had a great stay here at the Empress last summer. Amazing service, great view and perfect accommodations. We splurged and treated ourselves to this luxury hotel and it was well worth the money! Sunset dinner on the balcony and a view of the harbour! We could not have been happier!

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We only stayed here for one night, but we had the greatest night's sleep here! The hotel itself is beautiful and in a spectacular location. We upgraded when we got there (cheaper than booking it in advance!) and had free WiFi thrown in. The room was lovely, we had a great view to the harbour, and it was spacious and... More

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Destin, Florida, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

When the waiters have a tenor of over 45 years you know it is something to experience. The tea was awesome. They give you complimentary tea to go but suggest you get more.

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Ontario, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Good hotel with charm! Needed some updating. But was there on business and it worked well for our needs. Everything in one setting. Close to lots of attractions!

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you like old world charm and architecture the public spaces for this hotel are definitely worth a look in. I was told by others that the high tea is also an elegant experience.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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100 reviews 100 reviews
57 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely property, right on the harbor in Victoria. Beautiful grounds and impeccably maintained, it was a pleasure to tour. We really enjoyed the Bengal Room, which reminded me of what it must have been like to experience Imperial India in the 1920s. The hotel shops, were amazingly unimpressive, but there is plenty of nice architectural detail all... More

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San Marcos, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful hotel; you can't miss it when you're looking at the harbor. It is enormous with a gorgeous lawn and tress in front of it. My husband and I went for "high tea." I'm a tea lover; I'm also a foodie. The tea was great (they have their own brand), but the food was just average. I... More

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North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Yes the hotel is old. The Fairmont still beautiful, needs to be updated but I definitely would go back and stay at the Fairmont. The bar itself is a great room but the actual size of the bar needs to improve. Negatively needs a TV in the bar to watch the game, and no need to make the atmosphere of... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Bengal Lounge is a great place to relax and have a drink. The bartender specials are unique and the wait staff is friendly.

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