Fairmont Empress, Victoria


Overlooking Victoria’s charming inner harbor, the magnificent Edwardian-era Fairmont Empress Hotel has recently been renovated. The elegant architecture and classic details of the hotel have been renewed and are complimented by new modern touches. Renovated guest rooms and a new restaurant and bar will greet visitors to the historic venue.

The guestroom remodel is designed to honor the hotel’s heritage while, at the same time, adding a modern, upscale feel. Classic architectural details have been refreshed and are complemented by the colors of the natural beauty of the region’s rainforests and oceans.

The Fairmont Empress has more than 23,000 square feet of meeting space in 22 versatile rooms. The 4,560 square-foot Crystal Ballroom, accommodating 450 in a theater-style setup is ideal for a conference or event in an elegant setting. A variety of rooms are available to meet the needs of large and small groups. When combined with the Victoria Conference Centre adjacent to the hotel, the facility can offer 96,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating as many as 1,500 guests. The hotel provides the latest in audiovisual event technology and the hotel’s chefs will create custom menus that cater to any palate.

With so many enchanting sights and activities in Victoria, meeting guests will be tempted to spend a few extra days exploring the city and Vancouver Island. The 464 luxurious guest rooms offer an ideal home-base for enjoying what the city of Victoria and Vancouver Island have to offer. Guests can step out the front doors and be minutes away from Victoria’s shopping, dining, nightlife, museums and gardens. Whale watching, golf and a wide array of outdoor recreation await throughout the year.

For a taste of British elegance, guests will want to experience the afternoon tea at the Empress. The sophisticated Lobby Lounge is home to a century-old tradition that will make you feel like royalty. For relaxation, the Willow Stream Spa, located at the hotel, offers a variety of services to help you unwind and refresh.

Victoria is easily accessible from Seattle. High speed ferries make the scenic cross-Puget Sound trip in about three hours. Ferries also cross from Anacortes, Washington, and Port Angeles, Washington. Hour-long flights by float plane from Seattle’s Lake Union to Victoria Harbor are impressive and several airlines offer daily flights from Sea-Tac International Airport


Lisa Klimek, director of catering and conference services