Fairmont Empress


Fairmont Empress

721 Government Street,

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Setting: City,
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Fairmont Empress

The regal chateau-style Fairmont Empress looms over the Inner Harbor of Victoria, a surprisingly versatile vacation destination.  This teeming city on Vancouver Island off the coast of Canada's Pacific Northwest offers all kinds of exciting activities, from whale watching safaris to wine tasting tours.

Let in some of the misty harbor air through the windows of the lavish guestrooms and suites, which provide spectacular views of Inner Harbor.  The spacious rooms are decorated and furnished both tastefully and elegantly, and the Fairmont Gold rooms will please the most discerning of travelers.

The Empress provides several attractive dining options.  For example, the immaculate Bengal Lounge draws its inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, and its style is a nod to that era.  The Bengal Lounge is renowned throughout the island for its authentic curry dishes and its well-stocked martini menu.  At the Empress Room, guests can partake in an eclectic mix of classic cuisine, prepared with fresh local ingredients and Pacific Northwest regional flare, all while enjoying the view on the veranda, which overlooks the bustling harbor.  Furthermore, for a century, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual- the taking of Afternoon Tea.

After partaking in the tradition of afternoon tea, why not treat yourself to an afternoon at the spa?  A calming waterfall welcomes guests as an invitation to experience the healing mineral water at the Willow Stream Spa.  The Fairmont Empress' on-site Willow Stream spa features treatments and amenities that are truly fit for, well, an empress.

Outside of the hotel, Vancouver Island is a thriving vacation spot that has a myriad of attractions and activities. Mountain bike through The Galloping Goose Trail, an old railway track that provides an automobile free cycling haven as you ride through beautiful Victoria.  Take a high quality interprative hike through the island's forests, or learn how to kayak and than glide around the island's sandy shoreline.  Golf lovers will enjoy the challenge offered by the award-winning and meticulously conditioned Olympic View Golf Course.  With its twelve lakes and two waterfalls, the Olympic View Golf Course gives new meaning to the phrase 'water hazard.'

There's more to this destination than just these exhilirating physical activities, however.  Visit the Butterfly Garden, where tropical flowers are in bloom and all kinds of butterfly species fly freely around the building.   Gardening enthusiasts and plant lovers will enjoy the Butchart Gardens, which sprawl out over 130 acres of horticultural beauty, and also the equally impressive Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.  There are also a handful of interesting museums, like the Maritime Museum, the Royal BC MuseumCraigdarroch Castle, and the BC Forestry Mubseum.  Also of note is that the Fairmont Empress itself features one of North America's most extensive galleries of Native American artwork.  Featuring tribal works of the HaidaInuitIroquois, and Cree, amongst others, the gallery offers striking imagery from many of the leading artists at the forefront of native culture in Canada.

With a first rate spa, exquisite dining, and throng of exciting outdoor activities and attractions, this summer could be the perfect time to visit this off-the-beaten-path destination.

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  • Meeting facilities
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Accessible facilities
  • Heated pool
  • Indoor parking
  • Indoor pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage services
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Security
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • 120 AC
  • Lounges/bars
  • Wireless internet connection in public areas
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Pets allowed
  • Meeting rooms

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• Daily full breakfast, for up to two guests per bedroom
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