Fodor's Expert Review Fairmont Empress
721 Government St., Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 1W5, Canada Fodor's Choice
Opened in 1908, this harborside château and city landmark has aged gracefully. Refurbishments in 2016 have given the "grand lady" a more contemporary feel, with a snazzy lounge (with live music) and restaurant, set against top-notch service and sympathetically restored Edwardian furnishings. The 176 different room configurations include standard and harbor-view rooms with 11-foot ceilings—some can be on the small side. 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.
- central location
- professional service
- great spa and restaurant
- small- to average-size rooms and bathrooms
Rate Includes: No meals