|Accommodation Type |||Hotel|
|General Amenities |||Exercise Gym, Pool, Spa|
|Room Amenities |||Modem Jack/High Speed Internet, City View, Coffee Maker|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Across the street from the Legislative Assembly|
|Cross Street |||Belleville|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2009
Since 1908, the Empress Hotel has stood overlooking Victoria’s beautiful, regal Inner Harbour. Designed by famous architect, Francis Rattenbury and built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Fairmount Empress Hotel was named for Queen Victoria, Empress of India. The Fairmont Empress is a historic landmark, with a turn-of-the-century look that attests to the sophistication of a bygone era. The 477 extravagantly decorated Edwardian era guest rooms and suites are complemented by spectacular views of the city, courtyard and Inner Harbor.
In the 1960s, there was talk of demolishing the aging hotel to make way for a more modern structure. Public outcry over the idea was so great that it lead to a restoration of the hotel, which was labeled "Operation Teacup". In 1989 and approximately forty-five million dollars later, "Operation Teacup" was completed with the addition of an indoor swimming pool, health club, and other modern facilities.
Tea fit for a Queen … and the rest of us
A visit to Victoria could not be complete without experiencing the elegance of Afternoon Tea at the Empress. Indulge in this famous tradition amongst ornate tapestries and rich hardwood floors in the Empress Tea Lobby. As you sip on their special blend of tea, served in Royal Doulton china, indulge in delicate culinary creations of seasonal fruit, Chantilly cream, preserves, pastries, scones and finger sandwiches.
Indulge and enjoy
The Empress offers a variety of unique package experiences created just for you. If you crave rest and relaxation, the Willow Stream Spa offers soothing spa retreats to calm your mind, body, and soul. Need a physical tune-up, try a workout in the health club or a swim in a heated pool. If you seek action and adventure, whale watching excursions are steps away at the Inner Harbour or experience year-round golf on one of the many manicured greens. Whether you enjoy museums, shops, or local tourist attractions, you can find it all conveniently located within walking distance of the Empress Hotel.