I've heard about this hotel for four decades and finally had the chance to go. From arrival with a gin and tonic on the Terrace, to late night in the Bengal Lounge and up to crisp, white sheets and duvet on a magnificent bed, this absolute dowager empress of a hotel impresses absolutely.
For fun: the Empress is two blocks from the BC Museum - a great combination of history, legacy and interactive exhibits. It is also across the road from the Harbour, where for $30 or so you can rent bright red scooters and go for a couple of hours around the town and seashore.
Superb restaurants just two blocks up on Government Street, and on Douglas Street some fine pubs. On Humboldt Street, just one block north of the hotel, is the Oyster Bar. Every day 'buck-a-shucks' from 5-7 pm. How about a couple dozen fresh, cold, big, briny BC oysters for a dollar each?
Oh, and the weather? Leave your umbrella at home. Victoria has substantially less rain than Vancouver, but if it does, you can borrow an umbrella at the front desk!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Regarded as a Condé Nast Readers' Choice and Gold List hotel, and honoured with the Travel + Leisure distinction as a top Canadian hotel, the Fairmont Empress graces Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. The Fairmont Empress, Victoria B.C.’s most iconic hotel, has just unveiled a $60 million dollar restoration.This luxury hotel offers 464 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and expansive meeting and wedding space adjacent to the conference centre. Located on the picturesque West Coast of Canada, this is the ideal location to explore all the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. ... 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