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4.5 out of 5

"Beautiful hotel with great location to shopping, restaurants, and ferry. " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 04 May 2022

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Hotel Description

4-star family-friendly hotel near Maritime Museum of British Columbia, connected to the convention center

Seaside stay

With a stay at this Downtown Victoria hotel, you'll be steps from Maritime Museum of British Columbia and Victoria Bug Zoo. British Columbia Parliament Building and Victoria Harbour are also within half a mile (1 km).

Renovated in 2017

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and an indoor pool are all featured at this eco-friendly hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, express check-in, and airport shuttle. You'll appreciate the gym, bar/lounge, and limo/town car service.

Fairmont, Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$327* Per night/room Oct 23 - Oct 24

Fairmont Gold, Room, 1 King Bed, Harbor View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Fairmont Gold, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Fairmont, Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Fairmont, Room, 1 Queen Bed, Harbor View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Fairmont Empress ratings based on 19 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 0.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Fairmont Empress

Everyone (9) Couples (5) Family (4)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 9, 2022

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5 out of 5

Posted by , from Austin on Jun 6, 2022

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Jun 13, 2022 by GM

Thank you very much!

3 out of 5

Posted by on May 31, 2022

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5 out of 5
Beautiful hotel with great location to shopping, restaurants, and ferry.

Posted by on May 4, 2022

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 9, 2022 by GM

Thank you for the lovely feedback.

4 out of 5
The Empress never fails to deliver. This time, perhaps due to staffing shortages, our room wasn't cleaned one day, but this wasn't a big deal. Very attentive and welcoming staff, both front-door and in the Q Bar and restaurant.

Posted by , from PORTLAND on Apr 5, 2022

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Apr 12, 2022 by GM

Thank you for providing your lovely feedback.

5 out of 5
Great Dinner at the restaurant

Posted by on Mar 13, 2022

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 14, 2022 by Akshaya

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are glad you are enjoying your stay with us. Please reach out to us in case we may assist you with anything else to make your stay more memorable and comfortable. Warm regards, Akshaya Sarathy Night Manager

5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 23, 2022

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3 out of 5
The hotel and grounds were amazing. The room itself really lacked in comfort, design, bathroom design.. not what i was expecting from my initial impression driving up and checking in. Basically very plain and inefficient design of room

Posted by on Oct 6, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 7, 2021 by GM

We appreciate your guests valued feedback and do hope we shall have the opportunity to serve you again sometime soon.

5 out of 5
Wonderful stay.

Posted by , from MCKINNEY on Sep 7, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 22, 2021 by GM

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019

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Sep 22, 2019 by Duty Manager

Thank you for staying with us, we appreciate your feedback!

Property Features

Fairmont Empress offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a health club. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center and limo/town car service. Event space at this hotel measures 22600 square feet (2100 square meters) and includes conference space. A spa tub, a sauna, and spa services are also featured at the family-friendly Fairmont Empress. An airport shuttle at scheduled times and a cruise ship terminal shuttle are available for a fee. Parking is available for a fee. A complete renovation of Fairmont Empress was completed in 2017. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Victoria hotel.

  • 464 guestrooms or units
  • 8 levels
  • 2 dining venues
  • 22600 sq ft of conference space
  • 2100 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1908
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Bar or lounge

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of indoor pools - 1
  • Laundry facilities

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle, cruise terminal shuttle, and ferry terminal shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Fairmont Empress offers 464 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature premium bedding. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. This Victoria hotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks, complimentary newspapers, and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Minibar
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Portable fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Travel crib

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Q at the Empress - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Reservations are required.

Lobby Lounge - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Q Bar - Overlooking the ocean and garden, this bar specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club and a sauna.

Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, health club, fitness facility, or spa tub without adult supervision.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Willow Stream Spa has 11 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with hot springs/mineral springs, a sauna, a spa tub, and a steam room.

The spa is open daily. Children under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 18 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 11
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Prenatal massage
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Minimum age to access spa is 18
  • Sports massage
  • Hot springs/mineral springs in spa
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 19

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Food and water bowls are available
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash

Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

The photos are representative of rooms offered and may differ from the actual room received.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB International, debit cards, and cash.

For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities. Contactless check-out is available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of ALLSAFE (Accor Hotels). This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global).

  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Security system
  • Staffed front desk
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Smoke detector
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Reservation might be required for some facilities onsite
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property follows sanitization practices of Ecolab (3rd party expert - Global)
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Children stay free - maximum age 17
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • Property follows a brand or regulatory agency's sanitization guidelines ALLSAFE (Accor Hotels)
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Children stay free
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3
  • Debit cards
  • No gap period between guest stays

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between CAD 20 and CAD 40 for adults, CAD 10 and CAD 20 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: CAD 14.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: CAD 14.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: CAD 25.00 per person (one-way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: CAD 15.00 (one-way), (from 3 to 17 years old)
  • Self parking fee: CAD 33.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: CAD 45.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Empress Fairmont
  • Fairmont Empress
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria
  • Fairmont Empress Victoria
  • Empress Hotel Victoria
  • Fairmont Hotel Empress
  • Fairmont Hotel Victoria
  • Fairmont Victoria
  • The Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria
  • Victoria Fairmont
  • The Fairmont Empress
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • Fairmont Empress Victoria
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria

You should know

  • Pool access available from 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly using the information on your booking confirmation.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

Awards & Affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

This property has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge.

The property is a member of Historic Hotels of the World.

  • Green Key Eco-Rating Program
  • UNESCO sustainable tourism pledge
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.