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Welcome to Fairmont Empress

Unforgettable moments deserve extraordinary settings: Overlooking Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour, Canada’s Castle on the Coast sits proudly at the centre of culture and history. A National Historic Site dating to 1908, recognized as one of Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World by National Geographic Traveler magazine, honoured with Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Award for Top 3 City Hotels in Canada and regarded as a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List Hotel, Fairmont Empress is where modern meets iconic.

Setting the Bar for Coastal Luxury

Known as the Castle on the Coast, Fairmont Empress is located in the heart of Victoria, BC, steps away from the British Columbia Parliament Buildings. This award-winning property is celebrated for its reputation for providing legendary hospitality and highly personalized service for more than 116 years.

Whether you come to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Victoria, explore Vancouver Island’s iconic parks and beaches, or visit for a romantic getaway to relax and recharge, Fairmont Empress is the ideal retreat to create unforgettable memories.

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WIllow Stream Spa

Recognized by Condé Nast as a Top Resort Spa in Canada and Spas of America Top 100 Spas of the Americas, Willow Stream Spa is a serene retreat that will quiet your mind, rejuvenate your body and reinvigorate your spirit.

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Celebrated Dining

Eat, drink, and embrace our uniquely Canadian and entirely West Coast inspired dining venues. Enjoy stunning harbour views, flavourful food, curated cocktails, thoughtful service and unforgettable Empress experiences seven days a week! Lasting memories with loved ones happen here bite by bite, sip by sip, side by side.

Explore the world of FAIRMONT EMPRESS

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Newly Renovated Fairmont Gold

Enjoy the seclusion, privacy and exclusive lifestyle of staying on Fairmont Gold, our privileged hotel-within-a-hotel experience.

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Gather at The Empress

The Empress has been a celebrated destination for important meetings and unforgettable for over a century. Let us set the stage for your next event.

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Weddings at The Castle on the Coast

More than a luxury hotel, The Empress is where love stories unfold, family traditions begin and memories are created.

Fairmont Empress

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Victoria, BC, overlooking the city’s sparkling Inner harbour and just steps away from the British Columbia Parliament Building, top attractions, shops, museums, galleries and parks.

Market Square
Walking Distance: 14 minutes
Eagle Feather Gallery
Walking Distance: 6 minutes
The Bateman Gallery
Walking Distance: 4 minutes
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson
Walking Distance: 18 minutes
Victoria's Chinatown
Walking Distance: 14 minutes
Willows Beach
Fisherman's Wharf
Walking Distance: 18 minutes
Beacon Hill Park
Walking Distance: 15 minutes
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Hatley Park National Historic Site
The Butchart Gardens
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia
Walking Distance: 2 minutes
Royal BC Museum
Walking Distance: 2 minutes
BC Aviation Museum
Craigdarroch Castle Historic House Museum
Walking Distance: 32 minutes
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