As a Montrealer, it’s rare that I get to experience the city’s high profile hotels. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth ranks amongst our downtown’s top addresses for a deluxe stay near some of Montreal’s major attractions, including Sainte-Catherine Street’s shopping strip, the Underground city, the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral and the Bell Center, home of the Canadien hockey team. I was lucky enough to see for myself if the hotel is up to its high-class reputation and I can assure you it is.
Known for its modern charm and flawless service, the hotel’s motto echoes what makes Montreal unique in the eyes of locals and visitors alike: “Where Joie de Vivre Comes to Life”. Here are ten facts you need to know about Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, should you decide to enjoy one of its 1,037 guest rooms and suites while visiting Montreal.
10. Yep, John Lennon and Yoko One stayed at the Queen Elizabeth in 1969 for the Bed-In for peace.
The song Give Peace a Chance is the unofficial anthem for world peace, and it was written during John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s eight nights stay at the Queen Elizabeth in 1969. You can even book room 1742, now called “The John Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite”. Now that’s what I call serious hippie credibility!
9. At award-winning restaurant Beaver Club, ingredients from Quebecois producers are front and center.
When you stay at The Queen Elizabeth, make sure you sample the Beaver Club’s distinguished menu because the restaurant ranks amongst the best in Canada. We went for the lavish seven-course Menu découverte. And the good news? We don’t know which plate we like more. Was it the melting fois gras in duckling jus with strawberry and rhubarb compote or the rack of lamb under black olives and sun-dried tomato crust? Also, make sure you ask the waiter about the history of the Beaver Club (hint: it was founded as a fur trade association in the colonial days) or the famous guests who have visited the restaurant since it opened at The Queen Elizabeth.
8. The cobblestone streets of Old Montreal? Trendy shopping? Downtown corporate headquarters? Just a couple of blocks away.
Ideally located, The Queen Elizabeth will allow you to experience Montreal as a simple pedestrian. So either you want to go shopping, dine out or quickly get to a business meeting, you can do all of these from this downtown base of operations.
7. The hotel’s personnel will walk the extra mile to make sure you truly enjoy your stay. Because hey, you deserve it.
Stylish and elegant, the guest rooms and gold suites are matched with impeccable service. 24-hour in-room dining and complementary continental breakfast for Gold suites guests are basics at The Queen Elizabeth. And how great does it it feel to be greeted by your name when you call the front desk or arrive at the restaurant? Or when you walk in a Gold suite with a hand-written note welcoming you to the hotel? We know. it’s the details that count.
6. At Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, gold comes with a touch of green.
The hotel walks the walk when it comes to the environment: in addition to the usual linen and towel replacement policy, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have implemented energy and water conservation measures, a waste management program and meeting planners are encouraged to purchase Renewable Energy Certificates to offset the carbon footprint of their event. Also, Fairmont is proud to be the first hotel chain in Quebec to only serve fish from sustainable sources in its restaurants.
5. Indulge and stay healthy at the Health Club and the Gibson Spa.
An indoor pool? Check. A spa with eight private treatment rooms for beauty care? Check. A health club with exercise stations and treadmills for serious Iron Man contenders? Obviously.
4. Believe me, René-Lévesque boulevard is one of Montreal’s most impressive street when it comes to sampling world-class architecture.
When you stand outside the hotel at the corner of René-Lévesque boulevard and Mansfield Street, you are surrounded by landmarks of Montreal’s architectural history. Look around you and you will see the Sun Life building (once the largest building in terms of square footage anywhere in the British Empire), the Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral (a replica of Rome’s Saint-Peter Basilica) and the cruciform Place Ville-Marie (one of Montreal’s most distinctive skyscraper, built in the International style in 1962).
3. A connection to the Central station through the Underground city and a new shuttle to the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau-International Airport will have you travel on time.
It is easier then ever to hop on a train or a plane from The Queen Elizabeth, with the Central station being a 5-minutes walk away and the new 747 Express bus to the airport stopping just in front of the hotel.
2. At over 50, The Queen Elizabeth is definitely ageless and connected.
With wireless internet connection and an executive business center, you have no excuse to be offline, so we recommend you take your laptop or tablet with you if you visit to The Queen Elizabeth.
1. You can run with the staff.
How cool is it that you can go for a run with the hotel’s staff in the morning to stay fit while you visit Montreal?
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