If you're not looking for a cheaper hotel but a more luxurious experience and atmosphere, The Fairmont Empress is a beautiful hotel in downtown Victoria and many guest reviewers were impressed with the elegance of the hotel. Superior customer service was mentioned time and again. Additionally, guests seemed to really value the location, the history of the hotel and the quality of their dining room offerings. If you can afford to pay more for a hotel or want to splurge for a special occasion, I would recommend this highly-rated hotel.
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Most Popular and Nearby Areas of Interest
Downtown Victoria: a relaxing environment and home to one of the oldest Chinatowns in North America
Royal BC Museum: in downtown Victoria near the harbour with historical galleries, exhibitions and archives
The University of Victoria: The university is about 13 minutes' drive from downtown, in the Saanich and Oak Bay districts with a yearly enrolment of 20,000 students.
Victoria Conference Centre: has trade shows, career fairs, fundraisers and conferences
Royal Roads University: is located about a 22-minute drive from downtown Victoria in Hatley Castle.
Victoria Airport: the airport is about a 30-minute drive from the downtown core and located north in Sydney.
Butchart Gardens: National Historic Site located in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island
Experience the best of Victoria
Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is a city with a rich history and beautiful landscape. Dining in downtown Victoria is a treat because the city is surrounded by rich farming regions and coastal waters, so fresh local ingredients are plentiful. In addition to great cuisine Victoria has a rich history as it is one of the oldest cities in the western part of the country, making it home to many historical sites and buildings.
If you find yourself downtown you must check out Chinatown. Victoria's Chinatown is one of the oldest in North America, second only to the Chinatown in San Francisco. This is a very popular area for tourists to join walking tours to experience the most of what this historic district has to offer. You'll undoubtedly want to check out the world-famous Fan Tan Alley which is lined with many boutiques and small shops.