VICTORIA — The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria has been sold. Nat Bosa, president of Burnaby, B.C.-based Bosa Development Corp., along with his wife, Flora, have purchased the iconic property from Montreal-based Ivanhoé Cambridge for an undisclosed amount.
Located in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the ivy-clad property, which opened in 1908, was designed by English architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury, who also designed the province’s legislative buildings. The hotel features 477 guestrooms and suites, a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness centre, 22 meeting rooms and the largest ballrooms in the city. The property is named after Queen Victoria and has hosted royalty, dignitaries and celebrities for its renowned afternoon tea.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to purchase this heritage building,” said Nat Bosa. “The hotel is part of the fabric of the community and [Flora and I] look forward to welcoming the residents of Victoria, as well as showcasing it to past and future guests…. It is business as usual for guests and employees, as Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will continue its long-term management, and we look forward to working with them to celebrate the hotel’s rich history.”
Bosa Development is known for its residential projects in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., but it has also been expanded into Calgary, San Diego, Calif., and Hawaii.