Fairmont Empress Hotel (The Empress)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
721 Government St
The Fairmont Empress Hotel, often referred to as the Empress, is the impressive and dominating Edwardian, chateau-style hotel located on Government Street at the head of Victoria's Inner Harbour. It was originally built in the early 1900s in support of the terminus for the Canadian Pacific steamship line, although it soon transformed itself into a tourist resort hotel, popular with the rich and famous, and destination for celebrities and royalty. It faded over time, and in the mid-1960s there were suggestions that it be replaced with a more modern hotel. But recognizing its draw as a tourist destination, the Empress was saved, restored and eventually expanded.
Keeping up a tradition that goes back more than a century, the Empress provides a popular classic Victorian-style afternoon tea. Advance reservations are highly recommended, especially in the summer when tea, scones and other treats are served to as many as 800 people daily.
Fairmont Empress Hotel (V09A0133)
The Empress (V09A0134)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia
- Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, British Columbia
- Butchart Gardens, Victoria (Brentwood Bay), British Columbia