The Fairmont Empress, known as the Empress Hotel, is an early-20th-century stone hotel, constructed in the Edwardian Chateau style located in Victoria, British Columbia. Facing the Inner Harbour, the Empress is like the Château Frontenac in Quebec City, an iconic symbol of Victoria.
The Empress was designed by Francis Rattenbury for Canadian Pacific Hotels as a terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific’s steamship line, whose main terminal was just a block away. Built in 4 years, the hotel opened his doors in 1908. Famous people visited the hotel as the Prince of Wales in 1919, Shirley Temple in the 1930’s or King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939.
In 1965, the hotel was saved from destruction and was renovated and refurbished (operation ‘Teacup’). In 1999, Canadian Pacific spun off Canadian Pacific Hotels, along with all its properties, in a new company named Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.