Sep 17, 2018

Return of the Queen


The completely reimagined Fairmont Empress graces Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour with an iconic presence.

Sitting like a magnificent castle on the picturesque West Coast of Canada, Fairmont Empress is a remarkable hotel which is ideally situated to explore the natural beauty, rich history and coastal style of Vancouver Island.

In 2017, Fairmont Empress revealed a dramatic $60 million "Return of the Queen" transformation; a complete restoration of Victoria's grand dame to her former glory.

Exploring the new hotel, thoughtful details can be admired throughout, along with breathtaking designs in each unique space. The stunning new aesthetic is inspired by the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver Island's lush natural beauty, making for some of the most creative interiors in the region. Guests at Fairmont Empress now experience a modern twist on a timeless classic, with the perfect balance between historic architecture and contemporary design.

Inside the hotel, each of the 464 guest rooms and suites have been beautifully restored, each one showcasing sophisticated and timeless design with hints of modern elegance. Carefully crafted details and bold accents highlight the rich history of Fairmont Empress, creating a lavish experience for guests.

These stylish rooms and suites all play into the classic architecture of this castle on the coast. A luxury hotel within a hotel, the new Fairmont Gold has been completely reimagined and now showcases 65 elegantly restored tasteful guest rooms and chic suites and a grand lounge with terrace, offering the city’s most picture-worthy harbour views.

Since opening in 1908, Fairmont Empress has been the social centre of Victoria, having played host to countless royalty and VIP visitors. Equipped to deliver impeccable events of almost any size, the historic and timeless Fairmont Empress offers guests an experience available nowhere else in the city. Special events become cherished memories with the stunning inner harbour and the city's spectacular sunsets, turn of the century architecture and exquisite West Coast cuisine.

For a true homegrown culinary experience, Q at the Empress, located in the most storied room in Victoria, is a restaurant worth adding to your must visit list. A recipient of a 2017 and 2018 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Q represents Queen and country - a noble nod to Queen Victoria, with a modern twist on royalty. A single letter for a very singular space. The atmospheric space has a funky modern feel, all the while staying true to the building's unique and celebrated heritage.

The Pacific Northwest cuisine is based on regional ingredients and Executive Chef Morgan Wilson's very own fresh rooftop garden. Across the hall, Q Bar can be found. This bar is an expressive and reinvented social hub in very good taste, perfect for a night out on the town – featuring a vibrant selection of signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and enticing local craft beers on tap.

The world renowned Tea at the Empress is served in the timeless, sophisticated Lobby Lounge, a grand iconic space that celebrates the past and embraces the future. Sophisticated in every sense of the word, afternoon tea has been poured here for more than a century; serving England's most beloved ritual to royalty and celebrities alike.

Following afternoon tea, a trip to Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Empress is the perfect way to end your day. Offering authentic and locally inspired spa experiences, such as the Salish Sea Vitality Body Treatment, each treatment is customised to individual needs and preferences.

To maximise the spa experience, guests are encouraged to partake in the Spa Ritual to rid toxins from the body, which includes a traditional Finnish Dry Sauna, Steam Inhalation Room and Mineral Pool.

Return of the Queen is more than just a catchphrase. It is a nod to an exceptional and lively restoration of an iconic castle hotel that celebrates 110 years of history and looks forward to a sparkling future.

It is more than a hotel stay – Fairmont Empress is a world class, bucket list experience worth checking off.


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