Fairmont Empress Hotel | Designer Travel

The Fairmont Empress, Government Street, Victoria, BC, Canada


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About Fairmont Empress Hotel

The Empress is located in the centre of Victoria and sits at the cornerstone of Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

This is a well located 4-star hotel convenient for visiting the various arts, entertainment and cultural attractions in the area. There are also excellent pubs and restaurants nearby.

More About the Fairmont Empress Hotel

The Empress is a wonderful base if you like to explore further. As well as a wealth of museums and galleries nearby, you’ll find a great choice of other activities such as the whale watching excursions which leave from Victoria’s harbour and the famous Butchart gardens are only 30 minutes away.

There are also regular seaplane departures from the Victoria Harbour to Coal Harbour in Downtown Vancouver next to the Vancouver Cruise Terminal, normally taking around 30 minutes. There are additional seaplane excursions to various other places of interest too.

At the hotel itself, guests can enjoy the Health Club which has a heated indoor swimming pool and whirlpool. There’s also the Willow Stream Spa which offers a relaxing range of treatments and rituals to leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.

Our top tip is don’t miss the afternoon tea served in the magnificent Tea Lobby – it’s a real treat!

Facilities & Amenities

Rooms & Suites


Accommodation amenities include TV, selection of pay-per-view movies, Wi-Fi (paid), in-room safe, ceiling fan, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom, hairdryer, bathrobes, iron & ironing board.


There are a good variety of comfortable guestrooms available including the classic Fairmont Rooms, larger Deluxe Rooms, rooms with harbour views and distinctive Signature Rooms.
26-46 sq m


Junior Suites are in open studio style with a distinct sitting area and sofa bed. There are also modern One Bedroom Suites with city or harbour views and the much larger Two Bedroom Suites with full or partial harbour view.

Fairmont Gold

Travellers seeking spacious and luxurious accommodation will appreciate the Fairmont Gold experience; a selection of modern and renovated rooms and suites which have great views and enhanced amenities. Full details available on request.


Q at The Empress: An elegant restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serves delicious Pacific Northwest cuisine using local ingredients where possible.


Travel Information

Through Coach Transport is available for airline passengers to and from Vancouver International Airport at Victoria Bus Station behind the hotel and normally takes two hours plus using the Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen Ferry Service (1 hour 30 minutes on ferry).