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2022 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalist
2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalist
2020 Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence

The Fairmont Empress is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, and is an iconic symbol of the city. Opened in 1908, this gorgeous hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury and overlooks Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It is now designated as a National Historic Site of Canada, and recognized as one of the Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler Magazine, honored by Travel + Leisure as a Top Canadian Hotel, and is a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice and Gold List Hotel. Fairmont Empress has played host to several big names over the years, in politics, entertainment, and royalty. Prince Edward of Wales, his brother and sister-in-law King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have all stayed at this luxury hotel. As part of the heart of Victoria’s city center, Fairmont Empress is in the perfect location for guests to experience all the grandeur of the historic locale. The hotel sits just steps away from whale watching tour providers, float plane services, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and shops on historic Government Street. It is just a 30-minute drive from the famous Butchart Gardens.

Fairmont Empress has been named to these Historic Hotels Worldwide Top 25 Lists

The 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels Worldwide Most Romantic Hotels
The 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels Worldwide Most Magnificent Gardens

Image of hotel exterior Fairmont Empress, 1908, Member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Overview Video

Experience Victoria in Style with Fairmont Empress

Taste the best of the Pacific Northwest cuisine in Q at The Empress, take in unrivaled views of the sunset over the Inner Harbor, enjoy total relaxation in the full-service spa and take advantage of everything this romantic and celebrated hotel has to offer.


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Tour the Royal BC Museum, The Maritime Museum of British Columbia, and the Old Victoria Customs House.


Discover the beautiful Palm Court at the Fairmont Empress.


Explore Craigdarroch Castle nearby.


Experience the Royal British Columbia Museum.


Taste the delicious signature dessert of the Fairmont Empress, The Empress Torte.

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