Fairmont Empress

Location: British Columbia | Canada

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

The iconic Fairmont Empress is regarded by many in the know to be one of the best hotels in the world. Combining classic elegance with modern luxury, it has given its guests (many of them famous) a unique travel experience for over a century.
Perfect forThose who like to be a part of history on their travels.
In the knowEnjoying the famous afternoon tea, served in the finest china and accompanied by a pianist, is a must at the Fairmont Empress.

Recommended for...

  • Family-friendly
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Service & Hospitality
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

The Fairmont Empress is ideally located near both the harbour and the city of Victoria, capital of Vancouver Island.

Rooms at Fairmont Empress

The rooms and suites include the decadent Fairmont Gold rooms, which offer a boutique hotel within a hotel, with private access and VIP services. Speciality suites include the Vice Regal suite, with its piano parlour, dining room and sweeping views of the harbour, whose past guests range from presidents and prime ministers to John Travolta.

Food & Drink

The Fairmont Empress has a ‘farm to fork’ philosophy and sources local ingredients from the nearby Saanich Peninsula and Cowichan Valley. Try a range of Canadian specialities at the elegant Q at the Empress restaurant, including sustainably-sourced seafood, and enjoy irresistible afternoon tea in the elegant Lobby Lounge, served in the finest china and accompanied by a pianist.

Sip craft cocktails on the patio at the Veranda or in the stylish interiors of the Q Bar, which is considered to be one of Canada's best bars.


For the ultimate pampering experience, the Willow Stream Spa is one of the best in Canada, and there’s also a heated pool, a whirlpool and a Hungarian mineral pool.

Activities at Fairmont Empress

If you can drag yourself away from the hotel, take a stroll along the gardens, the harbour and Fisherman’s Wharf, and take a leisurely boat ride while you’re on the seafront. Explore the galleries, bookstores, antique shops and markets for unique gifts and souvenirs.

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Hotel location

The Fairmont Empress is approximately a 30-minute drive from Victoria airport.

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