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Over Fairmont Empress Hotel
Dit hotel uit de 19e eeuw vertelt in de inrichting en de alom aanwezige oude foto’s het verhaal van vroegere tijden. Wat zeker niet mag ontbreken tijdens uw verblijf in het Fairmont Empress Hotel is een High Tea, in de traditionele tea room, in deze setting een 'Victoriaans' Perfect Moment. Een binnenzwembad, restaurants, sauna en een spa zorgen voor een ontspannen verblijf. De kamers zijn van alle gemakken voorzien.
Gelegen aan het water in Victoria met aan de overkant Victoria West.
- Kluisje bij receptie
- Parkeergelegenheid (ca. CAD 30 per dag)
• Meerdere golfbanen in de omgeving
Victoria ligt in het uiterste zuidoosten van Vancouver Island. Met de veerboot is het maar 90 minuten varen naar het op het vasteland gelegen Vancouver. De stad is vooral bekend vanwege de prettige Britse sfeer. De mooi aangelegde parken, de Victoraanse gebouwen en het stijlvolle parlementsgebouw dragen hierin bij. Victoria leent zich uitstekend voor het maken van een walvisexcursie.
"Looks nice outside and in the lobby, but the rooms are quite outdated and small."
I feel this place was much pricier than what it's really worth. I understand there's the novelty of staying at the same hotel where royalty have visited, but I expected something better I guess. I tried their Bengal Lounge restaurant as well at the time and learned recently that it has been closed. The Bengal Lounge is also part of the hotel and my experience there wasn't the greatest. I found myself not feeling well less than an hour later. Not sure if it was food poisoning or just a coincidence. The people who worked there were otherwise wonderful and I guess it was nice to stay at a cool historical hotel for the sake of novelty, but it's otherwise overrated and I wouldn't stay there again if I were to stay in Victoria.
"Hotel under complete renovations. Still the same excellent service!!"
Empress Hotel. Oct 22, 2016 We have stayed at the Empress many many times. It is absolutely one of our favourite hotels in Western Canada. This time was an interesting stay as we got to stay for 2 nights in one of the newly renovated suites and the third night we were moved to one of the older original rooms yet to be renovated. This was due to a booking error on our part and the new room was not available for our last night of our business trip. The newly renovated portion of the hotel is beautiful with the same rich decor, and the heritage feel of the hotel has partly been kept in mind for the renovations. Big plus for the new rooms is that they are now air conditioned - yeah! The bathrooms are gorgeous with glass sliding doors, marble shower walls and floors and modern toilets, sinks and counters. The new beds are super comfortable and the bedside tables have modern built in charging stations for electronics. We also had a spectacular view of the harbour and the Parliament building from our room. You just cannot beat the beauty of the location for The Empress! One small note re: the new renos... the rooms seem a bit too modern for this heritage hotel. I would like to have seen a little more traditional mixed with modern. I.e., square sinks are ultra modern and oval sinks are more traditional, plus they are more practical for less splash factor. Not a big deal at all, just an observation :) Interesting to note that: there was not a kettle in the new room, the old rooms have a kettle and a keurig. I REALLY like having a kettle in the room to make my tea :). One suggestion: All the gorgeously framed old prints/photos in the new hallways have a small brass plaque on them with a description of the picture/photo. But, the writing is so small and is the same colour as the brass plaque so the writing is impossible to read without a light and magnifier. We had to bring our phones out with the flashlight and magnifying feature, which was a little awkward:) I'd love to see much larger & readable writing on these hallway pictures. I love reading descriptions of the old photos/pictures in the hotel. The hotel's history is amazing! The front entry lobby to the hotel is closed for this next phase of renos. So there is a temporary check in/valet station by the Victoria convention centre. The new lobby area is set to be open in April 2017. Even though we miss the grand lobby entrance, the service at the hotel was exceptional as always. The staff were as friendly and helpful as always. We love the first class service we have always received at this hotel. This biggest thing we miss at the hotel now is The Bengal Lounge. It was our favourite restaurant/lounge and we always looked forward to eating there while we stayed at The Empress. It was always such a busy Lounge every time we stayed here, it's hard to imagine a stay at The Empress without visiting The Bengal Lounge. I hope it is brought back :). We're looking forward to staying here again in Mid Nov, January and more in 2017. We are especially looking forward to staying when the new lobby is opened! Thank you for another fantastic stay! We'll be back.
This property is similar to a lot of the original Fairmont Hotels. It definitely has a sense of elegance and charm. Some rooms are renovated and the property is located right opposite the marina. The location is spectacular since you can fly out of Vancouver (Coal Harbour) and land directly in front of the Empress hotel. Shopping and restaurants are in walking distance. The service unfortunately isn't as high as other Fairmont hotels that I've visited. The location and property itself over shadows that. The building is old so keep that in mind before expecting a new or modern building. The rooms are very traditional (like other original Fairmont properties).
"Perfect. Can't wait to go back"
Loved every minute. Stayed one night then switched to another (higher rated on trip advisor) hotel just for the experience and were sorry we left. Renovations are not an issue at all. Absolutely perfect.
"favourite place to stay in Victoria"
the newly renovated rooms are beautiful. Nice treats when I come in the room. very comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom. great internet service. check out the newly taken pictures. staff is always top notch and the service is always amazing.
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