Fairmont Empress, Victoria
This grand dame may be one of the oldest continuously-operating hotels in Canada, but she sure isn’t tired. Named in honour of Queen Victoria (who held the title “Empress of India”), the historic Fairmont Empress received a $60-million facelift in 2017. The most recent monarch to spend the night in the Royal Suite (above) was the Emperor of Japan, while Prince William and family opted for nearby Government House (the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia) during their 2016 visit. Oh, and you’re cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the hotel’s Royal Wedding Pajama Breakfast on May 19, 2018.
The Fairmont Empress also made our countdown of Canada’s 10 greatest hotels!