Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Respite for rock royalty
What it is
1958 throwback reopening after a top-to-tails renovation.
What it isn't
Banal. They spent $140 million on the redo, and it shows.
What we think
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged one of their infamous ‘bed-in’ Vietnam War protests here in 1969 (in Suite 1742, to be exact), they cemented the hotel’s spot on the Rock & Roller circuit forever more—not least because they recorded "Give Peace a Chance" right there in the room. After this current renovation concludes, the Queen Elizabeth will again be worthy of icons: all 950 rooms will be swathed in 1960’s-inspired modernity—albeit with Nespresso machines, Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries and lightning-fast WiFi (join the ALL program for free access). The hotel’s urban market feels a bit like a Quebecois Eataly, stocked with the best local foodstuffs.
You're here because
You like staying in a place that’s steeped in history, yet feels like a new build (anybody wanna hit the pool?).
With winter descending, you don’t feel much like going outside—and you don’t have to. Because the hotel is set above Central Station, you have private access to Montreal’s underground city, where you can catch movies at Cinema du Parc and pop Belgian chocolates at Jeff de Bruges. Or choose to take in Montreal from afar - the Fairmont Gold Lounge boasts panoramic views of the metropolitan city from 21 floors up.
You’re 14 miles from the airport, but mere steps from Griffintown and the Golden Square Mile, where the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and its collection of Old Masters beckon.