In a Nutshell
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (Le Reine Élizabeth in French) may very well be the Montreal hotel with the richest history. Opened in 1958, it was at the time the second largest hotel in the Commonwealth and the first hotel in the world to offer air conditioning and electronically controlled heating. Over the years, it has been host to illustrious guests such as fifty heads of state during Expo 67 as well as athletes and dignitaries during the 1976 Summer Olympic Games (the hotel was the games’ headquarters). But the most famous event that happened at the hotel is the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In for Peace. From May 26 to June 2, 1969, the famous couple decided to bed-down for one week to promote peace, an event that captured worldwide attention as Lennon and Ono gave over 150 interviews per day from The Queen Elizabeth’s Suite 1742.
One of the reasons why the hotel is such a convenient major event venue is its location: built straight over Montreal’s central train station (Via Rail and Amtrak trains), the hotel is easily accessible by all major means of transportation. It is connected to the city’s metro as well as the underground pedestrian tunnel system (RÉSO), which is very convenient during the coldest months of the year. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is also one of the few Montreal hotels where the Montreal Airport 747 Bus stops.
Lobby and Common Areas
Most of the hotel’s 1,037 guest rooms have gone through major renovation work between 1998 and 2003 and are decorated in a neutral color palette that still feels up-to-date. The rooms and suites located on the hotel’s Fairmont Gold floors are especially luxurious and guests who choose to stay on those floors benefit from exclusive services and amenities, such as a dedicated concierge, a private lounge area and personalized welcoming treats. All bathrooms in the hotel are nicely sized and come equipped with shower baths and large countertops. Rooms feature all of the amenities common to a five-star hotel (alarm clock radio, cable television, coffee maker, ironing board, etc.), and the hotel can cater for special requests, including equipment for special needs guests.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has three restaurants:
- Le Montréalais: A bistro-style, casual restaurant where breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch are served;
- Les Voyageurs: A bar-lounge with a good cocktail selection that serves lunch, dinner and late-night snacks;
- Beaver Club: The hotel’s signature restaurant serving fine French cuisine for dinner, recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 hotel restaurants. The Beaver Club is Canada’s oldest gentlemen’s dining club; it was founded in 1785 by the fur-trading “barons” of Montreal. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth reactivated the club 50 years ago. The annual assemblage “at the sign of The Queen Elizabeth” brought together industry and political leaders and other prominent figures at a dinner party unparalleled anywhere in Canada. From 1958 to 1996, members came together once a year, in the cold of winter to relive the legend. At some point, the Club had some 900 members, in more than 40 countries, and some flew from other continents each year for the sole purpose of attending the annual gala dinner.
The executive chef at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is Alain Pignard.
Services and Activities
- Parking is $29 CDN per day (no charge for in and out privileges). Valet parking is available.
- The hotel’s parking lot is equipped with electric vehicle charging stations.
- Promotional and themed packages are offered year round. See the hotel’s website for the latest offers.
- The hotel is home to one of the city’s largest convention centers, second only to the Montreal Convention Center. The hotel’s convention floor includes 22 meeting rooms, for a total of 46,500 square feet of space that can accommodate groups from 10 to 2,000 people.
- The hotel’s health club is equipped with steam baths, whirlpool bath, a large indoor pool as well as weight training and cardiovascular equipment.
- A classic afternoon tea, complete with fine pastries and savory treats, is served daily at Le Montréalais restaurant.
- Guests can get free Wi-Fi in all Fairmont hotels by registering to the Fairmont President’s Club online (free membership).
- Odd-numbered rooms provide views on the Mont-Royal while even-numbered rooms provide views on the city and the Cathedral-Basilica of Mary, Queen of the World. While rooms with views on the Mont-Royal tend to be the more popular choice, rooms overlooking the cathedral also offer a dramatic view and the rates are lower.
- The hotel has a rooftop garden as part of its environmental initiative and honey harvested from the rooftop can be purchased at the hotel’s shop. A delicious and unique souvenir.
- John Lennon fans can relive the legend and experience their own bed-in with the Bed-In with Peace Package that includes one night accommodation, breakfast, a Lennon CD including the song Give Peace a Chance, that was written and first recorded at the hotel, buffet breakfast or in bed (through in-room dining) and a thematic welcome amenity. This package is offered at $799 CDN per night.
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W
Montreal, QC H3B 4A5
Price Range: $$$