Ratings based on 1,389 Verified Reviews

4.2 out of 5
84% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.1 Room comfort
4.1 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Vancouver

The quintessential Victoria experience

Posted 22-Mar-2017
Pros: Location in the heart of Victoria. Historical building. Afternoon tea in the lobby.
Cons: Bring back the Bengal Lounge!
Even while,under major renovations The Fairmont Empress made us feel like royalty. We stayed on the newly opened Gold Floor - gorgeous guest room and lovely Gold lounge with a large sun deck overlooking the harbour. Nice variety of breakfast items, apples in the evening and a few dessert items later in the evening. Pool,is under renovation but Fairmont provided taxi vouchers to a nearby hotel for a swim and hot tub. Only disappoint,met is that the venerable Bengal Lounge is gone - a real loss.
Comment from Hotel Management
22-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you Terri for your great review and feedback which are extremely valuable to us. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay on our Gold Floor with its beautiful new rooftop patio. We look forward to welcoming you again. Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
4out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveller from Vancouver, BC

Good place to stay

Posted 20-Mar-2017
Pros: Combi of antique and modern styles
Georgous place to stay But smelly in the hall ways Generally ok/excellent hotel
Comment from Hotel Management
22-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for your comments and feedback. I am so pleased you enjoyed our beautiful historical Castle on the Coast! We hope you will be back! Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Alaska

Fabulous hotel with character!!!!

Posted 16-Mar-2017
Loved the gold upgrade!!!! You get a delicious breakfast buffet, Horsd'oeuvres, Dessert, free bikes...much more. The room upgrade is worth it! Great service and concierge to help with anything you need. See the photo of the gold lounge. We spent our Silver Anniversary here and it was well worth it. IMAX theater across the street.
Comment from Hotel Management
18-Mar-2017 by Taylor Crawford, Hotel Management
Thank you for your kind feedback, it was certainly a pleasure having you as our guest. We hope to welcome you back to Victoria and Fairmont Empress again very soon! - Taylor
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Vancouver

Beautiful historic hotel

Posted 13-Mar-2017
Pros: setting, location, ambiance, bed
Cons: shower head needs more options, adjustable arm and more spray settings, shower doors are terrible - water gets everywhere
Location: tons to do - shopping, site seeing, lots of restaurants
This hotel is amazing, we hope to return after the renovations are complete as the pool/spa/lobby etc were not open during our stay. Overall the location and setting is beautiful, the architecture of the building is stunning, we were in a newly renovated room which overall was quite nice. The bed was very comfortable.
Comment from Hotel Management
13-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you Sarah for your feedback regarding your stay. Your comments regarding the shower have been forwarded to our team for follow up. Our renovation/restorations are almost complete and all will be done by June of this year. We look forward to welcoming you back to see all of them when you next visit Victoria. Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
4out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Vancouver

Elton John Weekend

Posted 13-Mar-2017
Overall the hotel was very nice, the rooms have been renovated to a more modern look but the main entrance was closed as they are still renovating. Overall great location, very clean and a lot of history.
Comment from Hotel Management
13-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for posting your feedback regarding your visit with us. Our renovation/restorations will be fully complete in June of this year. We sincerely hope to welcome you back again once complete. Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
4out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from BC

A Classic

Posted 13-Mar-2017
Is undergoing exterior renovations so is in a bit of a mess right now. You enter from the back and doesn't look like the majestic beauty she is. And the staff is always outstanding. Our room was tecently tenovated but it is small. And with 2 tiny (old) elevators you will spend a lot of time waiting for them.
Comment from Hotel Management
13-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you Leslie for your great score and valued feedback. Our lobby is almost complete and we are so excited for all of our guests to experience our new Lobby as well as our newly renovated health club, pool and guest rooms in June of this year. I sincerely hope we will welcome you back once all complete. Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
5out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveller from Winnipeg MB

The hotel is "an experience"

Posted 08-Mar-2017
Pros: Not much not to like! I mean nothing to not like!!
Cons: They're working on it
Location: Incredible location at the harbour in Victoria B.C.
This hotel is being remodelled to match its history with the decor of the 21st century- They're doing a fabulous job!
Comment from Hotel Management
08-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you very much for your great comments regarding our renovations and restorations which we are very excited about. We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Friendly staff

Posted 08-Mar-2017
With the exception of one pretentious waiter in the bar every other staff person was not only polite but friendly!
Comment from Hotel Management
08-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for taking the time to post your review and feedback. We look forward to seeing you again! Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller from Paso Robles, Ca.

Pampered luxury

Posted 08-Mar-2017
Pros: The historic charm and ambience, although it's being modernized.....great location, friendly staff.
Cons: Restore the Bengal Lounge and Palm Court. Would have ate dinner and enjoyed the high tea if there was atmosphere. Unfortunately not so we dined away.
Location: Gorge tour, sea plane excursion, China town, castle, museums, IMAX. Breweries & Foodie market. Bus to gardens, Sooke Harbor & Oak Bay, Fishermanswharf
Huge luxury room, comfy big bed with couch, desk and easy chairs. Thick robes, slippers, pod coffee maker/fridge. Rain shower, heated bathroom floors. Upgraded to gold status, great option includes wifi, breakfast buffet, evening appetizers & desserts in beautiful lounge area with harbor views, plus.....concierge
Comment from Hotel Management
08-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for your great score, wonderful comments and valuable feedback regarding your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you again when you next visit Victoria. Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager
5out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

elegant hotel in ideal location

Posted 07-Mar-2017
Pros: Rooms and comfort
Cons: need to visit agin after all remodeling
Location: Downtown, harbor, restaurants
excellent upgrade and a very comfortable stay. Will be back.
Comment from Hotel Management
08-Mar-2017 by General Manager, Hotel Management
Thank you for your great comments. We look forward to seeing you again once all renovations are complete! Sincerely, Indu Brar, General Manager