This is a sure stop for anyone who enjoys sharing rooms with history. This 100+ year old hotel has a feeling of Old England with all the conveniences of todays amenities.
Covered in vines and proudly standing at the end of the harbor The Fairmont Empress
makes an old world, an Old English World statement. The staff was friendly and helpful and the hotel, despite it's age the hotel is immaculate. One relief is the short walk with luggage from the Ferry after the long journey over from Seattle. The Empress is surrounded by wonderful shopping and delicious eateries....don't miss Nautical Nellies and Milestones, which are within walking distance and boast moderately-priced great seafood. There are sooo many restaurants close by, that it is hard to choose.
We had a lovely standard room. Surprisingly the 10 foot ceiling gave the appearance of lofty spaciousness, even though the room was small. The very comfy King size bed was topped with lots of fluffly down pillows. Painted a light shade of yellow/green the walls were framed with white trim. One caution is that the windows open up and have no screens, so if you have small children I would exercise caution. My hot roller rolled out the bathroom window onto the grass far below and the gal one story up had a seagull come thru her bathroom window and take her cosmetic case. Luckly for her, the bag was a bit heavy and the pesty bird dropped it conveniently on the lawn. Hanging out the
window watching her bag till her husband retrived it, the young lady tenant was still being harassed by the persistent seagull. We all laughed and I was reminded of the
relaxed atmosphere that the hotel, although very upscale, created for their guests.
Be sure to have High Tea, as it is an age old tradition there and well worth it. Not one bit of bitterness in The Empress's special blend of world-wide teas. Ask for Marilyn. She's an adorable Tea waitress and her belly laugh is reminicent of a Dicken's character. It's worth the price and even my husband, who is not a tea drinker, was impressed. The Bengal Lounge is a great late spot for a night cap and the pool and hot tub are open
till one am.
The bathroom was clean and bright with tiny printed English Wallpaper. Robes,
blowdryer and even perfume samples waited to assist our toiletry. There was a coffee
service including wonderful teas and even a refrigerator in the nightstand. The room was quiet and well equiped with a large flat panel TV at the foot of the bed. The High Speed Internet on the desk was so easy to hook up to and had the necessary cable
was handy. Be sure to walk around the hotel and see historic interiors, all the age old restaurants and even the bright sun-lit conservatory. All are exquisitely decorated and loaded, I am sure, with a century of untold secrets.
Don't miss going to Butchart Gardens about 40 minutes away. Breathtaking and inspiring, it is by far the most beautiful garden I have ever visited. Be careful to
watch the times of the tours because starting in October, they only go out there twice a day. If it rains go anyway....the gardens provide clear umbrellas.
Two other tips....leave your sunglasses at home. And figure out your best Rain-Ready
Hair......but then that's why the gardens everywhere in Victoria are so beautiful. And don't panic if you forget your umbrella as the Empress will loan you one for FREE. Victoria is
loaded with charm and beauty. It lacks the signage, skyscrapers and billboards of a modern city, but has retained a European charm, including the Parliment Building that looks like Cinderella's Castle lit up with thousands of lights at night! Tally Ho....and
enjoy! We sure did!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairmont Empress sits majestically at the cornerstone of Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour. This landmark hotel features turn of the century architecture, classic beauty and an unrivaled location on the water. It features the highly acclaimed Willow Stream Spa regarded as one of the best spas in Canada. Food lovers can sample the English ritual of Afternoon Tea, savour the famous curry buffet in The Bengal Lounge or sample award-winning food and wine in The Empress Room. The Fairmont Empress offers wireless internet access in all guestrooms, and it is complimentary for our Fairmont President's Club members, free to join. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria
- Fairmont Hotel Victoria
- Fairmont Hotel Empress
- Empress Hotel Victoria
- Fairmont Victoria
- Victoria Fairmont
- Fairmont Empress Hotel