Fairmont Empress

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721 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 1W5


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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 10 City Hotels in Canada, and regarded as a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List hotel, Fairmont Empress is located in Victoria, BC overlooking the city’s sparkling Inner Harbour. In June 2017, Fairmont Empress completed a $60+ Million restoration that celebrates its proud history while moving the hotel into a new era of modern luxury; transforming this iconic property into an elegant must-visit destination for the world's discerning travelers. This Forbes Four-Star, 4-Diamond property offers 431 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, Willow Stream Spa with signature West Coast experiences, Q at the Empress Restaurant featuring Pacific Northwest cuisine and award winning wine list, Q Bar’s regionally focused cocktail culture, and a reimagined Fairmont Gold Lounge with stunning harbour views. Served daily since its opening in 1908, world famous Tea at the Empress is served in the sophisticated Lobby Lounge. Located on Vancouver Island, Canada’s Castle on the Coast is the ideal starting point to explore British Columbia’s stunning natural beauty.

Venue Highlights

3D Event Space

Cvent Photo-realistic 3D Event Spaces give planners the ability to realize their vision down to the finest detail.


Room features and guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service
  • View (garden)
  • View (mountain)
  • View (ocean or water)
  • View (urban)
  • Voicemail box


  • Extended stay
  • Onsite catering
  • Onsite gift shop
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Onsite security
  • Pet friendly
  • Space (outdoor)
  • Space (private)
  • Space (semi-private)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Business services

  • AV capabilities
  • Business center
  • Video conference
  • VIP services

Recreational activities

  • Health club
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa or salon
  • Water sports
  • Whirlpool

Venue accessibility

  • Airport shuttle
  • Bus
  • Taxi


  • Dance floor
  • Loading dock
  • Piano
  • Portable heaters
  • Staging area

Distance from airport

  • 16.7 mi. from venue


  • Paid parkingCA$35.00 / day
  • Valet parkingCA$49.00 / day
  • Bus parking

Fairmont Empress Meeting Space

Total meeting space97,914 sq. ft.
Meeting rooms35
Largest room25,000 sq. ft.
Second largest room14,689 sq. ft.
Space (Private)87,654 sq. ft.
Space (Semi-private)10,260 sq. ft.
Space (Outdoor)12,000 sq. ft.

Guest Rooms

Total guest rooms431
Single (1 bed)325
Double (2 beds)107
Tax rate17%

Local Attractions

Willow Stream Spa

Willow stream spa guests will experience the finer points of their personal wellness during their stay at The Fairmont Empress. Every inch of the Spa, from its arrival area and changing rooms to the treatments themselves, has been carefully designed to capture the stunning contrast of Victoria and Vancouver Island.

Golf in Victoria

Victoria offers 9 amazing golf courses all within 25 minutes of The Fairmont Empress. Victoria is home to many of Canada’s most desirable and challenging courses, with a mild climate that allows golf as a year round activity. Imagine playing on the coastline with ocean view and tight tree lines.

Royal BC Museum & IMAX Theatre

The Royal British Columbia Museum is place of discovery. Three unique galleries showcase the human and nature of British Columbia, and features periodic exhibitions of international acclaim.

AdrenaLINE Zipline Adventure Tours

Experience the forest from the trees on our professionally guided-zipline tour. Your guides will ensure your zipline experience is fun, educational, and exhilarating!

Afternoon Tea

Indulge in one of Victoria's grandest traditions - Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. For over 100 years, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea.

Craigdarroch Castle

Historical landmark
Experience the magic of history with a visit to Craigdarroch Castle. Built in the late 1800’s by Robert Dunsmuir, the mansion features magnificent woodwork, period furnishings, and the most prominent collets of stained and leaded glass on the West Coast.

Whale Watching Tours

Embark on an exhilarating West Coast adventure with an ocean-bound whale watching safari. Running on pure adrenaline, you will be lifted toward the horizon in a rush of sea and spray. Watch Orcas frolic and leap alongside an open Zodiac or perhaps skim the waves with a school of porpoise. Closer than you ever thought possible you will never again be as touched by the great outdoors as this.

Victoria International Airport - YYJ

30 minutes away
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located approximately 30 minutes drive from Fairmont Empress.


Regarded as a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice and Gold List hotel, and honoured with the Travel + Leisure distinction as a top Canadian hotel, the Fairmont Empress graces Victoria’s sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence. This luxury hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, offers 431 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and expansive meeting and wedding space adjacent to the Victoria Conference Centre. Located on the picturesque West Coast of Canada, this is the ideal location to explore all the natural beauty of Vancouver Island. Built in 1908, Fairmont Empress underwent a $60M complete restoration in June 2017, resulting in the addition of a new restaurant and bar, Q at the Empress. In addition, the hotel now boats 431 fully restored guest rooms and suites, Lobby Lounge, reception lobby, function space, Willow Stream Spa, fitness center, and swimming pool.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policies are specific to each group, so please reach out to your Sales Manager for specific details.

Additional Information

Fairmont Empress, along with the adjoining Victoria Conference Centre, is proud to offer over 96,000 square feet in professional meeting facilities supported by a comprehensive array of state-of-the-art services. Our certified meeting professionals offer expert knowledge in planning meetings and events. Whether hosting an executive meeting for 12 or a professional conference for 1,200, we make certain everything you need is at your fingertips.