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Empress Hotel National Historic Site of Canada

721 Government St | Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-384-8111
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721 Government St | Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5, Canada
+1 250-384-8111
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Fairmont chain of hotels owns some of the most impressive historic hotels in the whole of Canada, from Montreal to Quebec City to Banff and then here to Victoria. And in my opinion, if you can afford it, you need to stay at least...More

1  Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to spoil yourself, go into the Fairmont Empress Hotel for the Traditional Afternoon Tea. Take the time to just enjoy it.

Thank michaelbN5695YM
Reviewed 1 week ago

A historical icon that has withstood the test of time. This impressive structure marks its presence in the heart of the city and the interior still boasts its beautiful grandeur. Sprawling manicured grounds with its luscious blooms makes it postcard picturesque. The clean restrooms were...More

Thank Benny053
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was sad to discover this iconic hotel completely changed its look.. They got rid of all the ivy outside of the hotel so now look just like all the other hotels, and seemed like they downsized the rose garden also. It is though beautiful...More

Thank RomzSuzy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The breathtaking architecture and amazing sights and aromatiç smells of this highly acclaimed and magnificent hotel,conjures visions of long ago. The most beautiful gem of Victoria's ocean resorts. Children adore the long hallways and teatime Christmas trees and people watching is a must during the...More

Thank Icelandic B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This can be seen from almost anywhere in the city; it is gorgeous and walking around the inside and gardens was quite a treat. A vicarious "stay" since we couldn't afford this place.

Thank Srbellee
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel is located by the Harbour. It is a magnificent building. The flowers around the hotel were beautiful.

Thank timesharetraveler11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location and within walking distance. You can walk through and admire the hotel and well kept grounds - beautiful flowers. Maybe next time, we can enjoy afternoon tea.

Thank RememberWhenAJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful photo backdrop and landmark for orienting your city tours. Also pretty much unavoidable for anyone taking a tour bus to the gardens or on one of several hop-on hop-off tours. Went inside to preview where we'd be having afternoon tea later in the trip...More

Thank Dan B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Victoria BC is an annual destination for a weekend and the Empress Hotel is THE place to stay. The views of the Harbor are amazing, High Tea is one of the best experiences you can have at the hotel (and their spa is world class)....More

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Vicki H
14 August 2017|
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Response from Teresa H | Reviewed this property |
The cruise ship terminal is about 1/2 hour walk each way through a residential area. There will be shuttle services at a reasonable cost or taxi. Check the museum hours as not open most days late. Walk along the harbour... More
Marilyn W
4 April 2017|
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Response from Rob M | Reviewed this property |
There are several Indian restaurants within walking distance, or a short cab ride. Two are: 1) the Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant and 2) the Varsha Indian Kitchen. Are they good? That's completely up to the diner's... More
23 August 2016|
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Response from saildancer0711 | Reviewed this property |
We specifically asked at Buchart Gardens and they said the flowers here bloom almost all year. Most places are wheelchair accessible, including Butchart Gardens.