Fairmont Empress Hotel
Fairmont Empress Hotel © Tom Mascardo
One of the iconic images of Victoria is the much loved and well-visited Fairmont Empress Hotel, a fully restored Edwardian treasure that has seen visits from royalty, celebrities and travellers from around the world. Set on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbour, the Empress is a grand and majestic building full of stories, retaining its British heritage through its traditional Afternoon Tea - a popular 'event' with tourists and locals alike that began when the hotel opened in 1908. Reservations are essential up to a week or two in advance and the dress code is smart casual. The Empress is centrally located, close to the Parliament Buildings, Royal BC Museum, the Victoria Convention Centre and various shops and attractions, and now boasts a spa centre and golf course. This 'Jewel of the Pacific' is a definite highlight of any visit to Victoria, and for those who can afford it, it is well worth a stay - you may even receive a visit from one of the hotel ghosts.
Address: 721 Government Street, Victoria