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The Fairmont Empress

May 01, 2012 12:00 ET

Ivy Facade Inspires a Ballroom; Legendary Victoria Hotel Unveils a New Destination for Weddings & Celebrations

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - While English poet, short-story writer, and novelist Rudyard Kipling was inspired by Victoria's iconic Inner Harbour hotel, Mother Nature has inspired a new ballroom at The Fairmont Empress. The restaurant formerly known as Kipling's has been transformed into The Ivy Ballroom, and will open with a celebratory party in early May.

"We're making history as we launch The Ivy Ballroom," said Fairmont Empress General Manager Martin Leclerc. "I am very proud to present Victoria with this new ballroom that will delight guests with its combination of sophisticated décor and sought-after amenities. It is designed to exceed our guests' expectations, and make this THE place to gather on Vancouver Island."

With a capital investment of over $500,000, this airy space has been transformed into a magnificent second ballroom, adding to the Victoria hotel's repertoire of beloved spaces. The Ivy Ballroom will be known as THE place for elegant Victoria weddings, sophisticated events, and social gatherings with storied moments for bridal couples, special celebrations and momentous events. Natural light radiates from the adjacent Shade Garden while the expansive Edwardian architecture glows with the grace of a bygone era -- and crystal chandeliers, an integrated sound system, Wi-Fi and warm earth tones enchant guests. At just under 4,500 square feet and with a capacity for up to 280 guests, the Victoria resort's new ballroom will turn moments into treasured memories for generations to come. Watch the video of The Ivy Ballroom's transformation.

With hundreds of suggested name submissions from hotel colleagues and guests, the impressive ivy façade of The Fairmont Empress proved to be an inspiration. While the legendary Victoria hotel is recognized for its unique architecture, its climbing greenery lent its name to The Ivy Ballroom.

One Fairmont Empress Colleague won the contest to name the ballroom. They received a one-night hotel stay and dinner for two in The Empress Dining Room.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which will arrive in destinations as diverse as Jaipur, Kyiv and Manila in 2012, is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residences. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

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