Traveling to Victoria, BC from Seattle is very easy. There are a few ways to get there, however, we have enjoyed booking our trips via Clipper Vacations.
Boarding the Victoria Clipper in Seattle is very convenient. Parking is practically across the street from the Seattle Ferry Terminal on 9 Wall St & 2323 Elliott Ave in Seattle. Don't forget to request your parking validation ticket before you get off the Clipper on your return, as they offer a significant discount.
On my previous article, Victoria, BC: The Butchart Gardens, I shared information on touring the gardens. It is a must-see if you are visiting Victoria.
There are several hotels to choose from in Victoria, but the Fairmont Empress has been on our list to visit for years. We chose to book one of the rooms on the Fairmont Gold floors with a Harbour view.
They call this section of The Fairmont Empress, a "hotel within a hotel". As you enter the hotel, you pass the reception desk in the main lobby and on the first floor you will find the signs directing you to the private reception area. We were greeted by Salam, one of the members of the Fairmont Gold Team.
She was spectacular! After our quick check-in, she gave us a tour of the private Fairmont Gold Lounge and Terrace with views of the Inner Harbour, exclusively for the use of Gold members.
Fairmont Gold Lounge:
Fairmont Gold Terrace:
Fairmont Gold Service Times
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily
Breakfast from 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. daily
Honour Bar from 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
Afternoon Snacks from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
Evening Hors d'Oeuvres from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily
Evening Dessert from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily
She then took us to our room, where we were greeted with a welcome card and delicious edible chocolate cup and spoon, filled with dried fruits and nuts.
Even if you are not staying at The Fairmont Empress, you must experience Tea at The Empress. You will need to call and make reservations. They have been serving the afternoon tea since 1908. Below is a photo of the newly renovated Lobby Lounge.
No matter where you look, whether at the Inner Harbour, the nearby Parliment or the gardens you will have wonderful views.
The Fairmont Gold experience and our entire stay at The Fairmont Empress were incredible. We will definitely stay here again. I would like to thank the entire dedicated and professional Fairmont Gold Team which enhanced our experience while vacationing at the Empress.
Lisa Ladrido is a retired R.N. who enjoys writing about Life, Social Media, Travel, Product Reviews, Technology & Health and Wellness. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and their cat named Elvis.