Fairmont Hotel Victoria BC
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721 Government Street, Victoria, B.C., Canada
  • There are a number of larger suites, which are outrageously expensive, even by Fairmont standards, but most of the regular rooms, which are expensive enough, are small but furnished with amazing antiques
  • In my opinion, one would have to be fairly enamored with the concept of 'High Tea' to spend that much money
  • Frankly, I was scared to eat in the restaurant after that experience, but there are many nice restaurants within a few minutes' walk of the hotel

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      The Fairmont Hotel properties throughout Western Canada are generally grand landmark buildings in their respective cities that have existed long before the Fairmont chain started to purchase them from the CP Rail. The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island, is no exception. The exterior of the building is stately and ivy-covered, and located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour and within walking distance of almost all the downtown attractions like the Parliament buildings. Elegant would be how I would describe the entire property, inside and out, with Victorian-era architectural style and furnishings in every detail. The grounds are lush and green, with meticulously cared for gardens. I have rarely been to a hotel located

      in the downtown core of any city that has such a spacious outdoor space, and a very pleasant and quiet stroll is one of the perks of staying at the Empress. Spring is certainly the nicest time to visit Victoria, as the flowers in full bloom are a treat to the senses, and the Empress grounds are as nice as any in the area. One of the most disappointing aspects of this area, however, has been the proliferation of the homeless in the area, and the begging poor outside the hotel is a real embarrassment to Victoria’s residents.

      Inside the hotel, the lobby is of course a wonderful example of Victorian décor, and this theme ...


      • continues in every room. There are a number of larger suites, which are outrageously expensive, even by Fairmont standards, but most of the regular rooms, which are expensive enough, are small but furnished with amazing antiques. The hotel shows its age in the bathroom plumbing especially, but everything is clean and the beds and linens are of the highest quality which I have come to expect of the Fairmont hotels. There is the gift shop, of course, which sells local souvenirs and knickknacks at an outrageous price. The main dining room is elegant, and the lounge is also impeccably decorated. One of the hotels biggest attractions is the Afternoon Tea, which is a British
        classic, but I have to admit to being horrified at the $50 price of a cup of tea and a few delicacies. In my opinion, one would have to be fairly enamored with the concept of ‘High Tea’ to spend that much money.

        Frankly, I was scared to eat in the restaurant after that experience, but there are many nice restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

        The hotel has a nicely appointed gym and the Willow Stream Spa, and the service in all the departments is attentive and friendly. I would even wander into the hotel just to enjoy the architecture and décor, even if I was staying at another hotel in the area.




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