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Victoria and Vancouver Island Hotels

Fairmont Empress

  • 721 Government St. Map It
  • $$$$
  • Grande Dame

Pros

  • Central location
  • Professional service
  • Great spa and restaurant

Cons

  • Small to average-size rooms and bathrooms
  • Tourists in the public areas
  • Pricey

Updated 05/09/2012

Fodor's Review

Opened in 1908, this ivy-draped harborside château and city landmark has aged gracefully, with top-notch service and sympathetically restored Edwardian furnishings. The 176 different room configurations include standard and harbor-view rooms with 11-foot ceilings. State-of-the-art gym equipment and an indoor pool are welcome touches. If you stay on the Fairmont Gold floor, you will enjoy a private lounge, a Continental breakfast, and evening snacks. The hotel is a tourist

attraction, but a guests-only lobby separates hotel guests from the throng.

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Hotel Information

Address:

721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1W5, Canada

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Phone:

250-384–8111; 866-540–4429

Hotel Details:

  • 436 rooms, 41 suites

Updated 05/09/2012

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Dec 8, 2008

Everything we hoped for and then some

Dollar-for-dollar, this was the best hotel experience in ages (possibly ever). We stayed there for five nights on the concierge lever for about CN$239 per night! The rooms were immaculately cared for and the Concierge Level staff took excellent care of us the entire week. With breakfast included each morning in the lounge, this value was even better (saved our group of 5 about CN$100 per day!). With the ideal location (could walk everywhere except

Butchard Garden!), exquisite service, and the Old World environment, it was amazing! The only downer was that in a hotel like that with a marble bathroom, you would think that they would have more than a small plastic bathtub. THAT was the ONLY complaint the entire stay!

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Jun 17, 2007

Needs to be refurbished

Tea at the Empress was very expensive and not worth it!!! Have had high tea in nicer hotels for less money. Three out of the five chairs we sat in had tears in them. The hotel needs to be refurbished. We were two families traveling together and one of the rooms was so small you could walk past each other in the room. Both rooms were clean and bathrooms updated. Hotel at 100% capacity and staff was friendly but obviously stressed. Concierge was almost

never at her station. The bellman and doorman gave us information because no one else was available.

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By Dave

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Sep 28, 2004

Over rated

When we were at The Empress in September, we found that the rooms are all different (in decor and size). Some -- ours for one -- are so small that you have to go out into the hall to change even your mind. Service in the hotel restuarant in haughty and even rude. My complaint to the hotel management regarding the service in the restuarant was not even acknowledged. Not one word of reply. So sad!

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