Fairmont Empress Hotel: A Majestic Haven

Sharael Kolberg
5 min readJul 9

The Fairmont Empress hotel, known as the Castle on the Coast, is perched gracefully on the enchanting shores of Victoria, Canada. This National Historic Site invites guests into a realm of unparalleled elegance, flawless service, and an unrivaled location. From the moment you step foot inside this iconic establishment, you are enveloped by a seamless fusion of regal allure and warm hospitality, setting the stage for an extraordinary experience. With its exquisite guest suites, delectable culinary offerings, captivating decor, rich historical legacy, and world-class amenities, the Fairmont Empress hotel is the perfect place for a luxurious getaway.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Elegant Guest Suites at Fairmont Empress

The 431 guest room and suites at the Fairmont Empress hotel are lavish and comfortable. Elegantly designed and thoughtfully appointed, they effortlessly combine modern comforts with traditional elements. From the moment I stepped into my suite, I was enveloped in a soothing ambiance, complemented by plush furnishings, sumptuous bedding, and breathtaking views of either the cityscape or the sparkling Inner Harbour. The spacious and well-appointed rooms feature modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, high-speed internet, in-room safe, Terry bathrobes, Keurig coffee makers and indulgent bath products.

Fairmont Gold Suites and Lounge

The addition of 22 guest rooms have been added to the collection of Fairmont Gold rooms, each elegantly designed with rich fabrics, sleek furnishings and modern marble bathrooms with rainfall shower, reflective of the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. The Fairmont Gold experience begins the moment a guest arrives, with exclusive check-in on the hotel’s first floor. The Fairmont Gold suites include access to the Fairmont Gold lounge that serves complimentary daily breakfast, afternoon tea snacks, and evening canapés, and has a full service honor bar. The Fairmont Gold concierge team takes pride in offering personalized service from organizing private excursions, reserving spa treatments at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa, and securing a reservation at the city’s top restaurants, while delivering the utmost care and precision.

Hotel Amenities

The Fairmont Empress has facilities that include an impressive fitness center, an indoor pool and bicycles. Services available include babysitting, pet program, bellman and porters, concierges, and laundry services.

Upscale Dining at Fairmont Empress

The Fairmont Empress hotel boasts an exceptional range of dining options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining or casual fare, the hotel has something to satisfy your culinary desires. Q at the Empress, the signature restaurant, serves up a delectable menu crafted with locally sourced ingredients, elevating classic dishes to new heights. The Lobby Lounge, with its elegant atmosphere, offers a delightful selection of artisanal cocktails and light bites, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. And don’t miss out on the iconic afternoon Tea at the Empress in the elegant Lobby Lounge. Choose fro an exclusive selection of premium loose-leaf teas served in royal china and a glass of champagne accompanied by freshly baked scones and homemade jam, a variety of finger sandwiches and delectable bite-sized desserts. New at the hotel is evening Sunset Sips, that features tea-inspired cocktails served in tea pots and cups with hearty tapas-style bites.

Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Empress

Indulgence awaits at The Fairmont Empress hotel’s tranquil Willow Stream Spa. With its serene atmosphere and a comprehensive menu of rejuvenating treatments, the spa is a haven of bliss and rejuvenation. From soothing massages to invigorating facials, each treatment is expertly tailored to promote a sense of harmony and well-being. The skilled therapists and the use of premium products ensure an unforgettable spa experience.

Activities in the Area

Located in the heart of Victoria, The Fairmont Empress Hotel serves as an ideal base for exploring the city’s vibrant attractions. From strolling along the charming Inner Harbour or going on a whale watching cruise to visiting the iconic Parliament Buildings and indulging in boutique shopping, there’s no shortage of activities to fill your days. There’s also a new floating spa, HAVN. Further abound, visit the iconic Butchart Gardens or tour Victoria Distillers, home to Empress gin. The hotel’s concierge is always ready to offer personalized recommendations and assist with arranging excursions, ensuring you make the most of your time in Victoria.

Contact Information
Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street
Victoria — British Columbia
V8W 1W5, Canada
250 384 8111

Disclosure: Accommodation was provided by the hotel in order to do my review, but all opinions are my own.

Sharael Kolberg

Travel Writer (Sharael.com), Founder of FamilyTravelChannel.com, Breast Cancer Survivor, Mom.