Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

A vibrantly modernized Montreal icon

From the outside, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth maintains its traditional facade, but on the inside, everything has changed.

It is no longer the same Montreal hotel that Queen Elizabeth first visited in 1959, nor the property that John Lennon and Yoko Ono chose for their “bed-in for peace” in 1969. Instead, it has undergone a $140 million transformation to be at the cutting edge of hospitality and the face of the city’s dynamic character.

Centrally located downtown, the hotel’s renovation aims to connect travelers with Montreal by bringing in local art and quirky cultural elements, fostering creativity and encouraging locals to engage with the historic building.

Between the culinary experiences, 24-hour wellness center, cutting-edge business campus and the warmth of the rooms, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has unveiled a modern place that is both inviting and refreshing.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • A new 17th-floor suite pays tribute to Lennon and Ono’s historic bed-in for peace protest with a re-creation of the famous living room where the couple hosted reporters and a virtual reality experience inspired by the events. The couple wrote and recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in this room.
  • The Montreal hotel’s permanent art collection is displayed across all 21 floors of the building. It features 123 works by 37 contemporary artists from Quebec and elsewhere Canada, including Geneviève Cadieux, Michel de Broin and Nicolas Grenier.
  • As part of its eco-friendly initiatives, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth maintains a rooftop garden with seven bee hives. The produce is used in restaurant dishes and cocktails, while honey and beeswax products are sold in the Marché Artisans specialty food shop.
  • During the summer months, end your evening with a creative cocktail at Nacarat Terrace. Open Thursday through Saturday on the third floor, the outdoor space is manned by professional mixologists and resident DJs — keep an eye out for pop-up events hosted in the spacious venue.
  • The Fairmont might still have a traditional name, but its new business center has embraced modernity with full force. Designed by Sid Lee Architecture, CoLab 3 offers 85,000 square feet of meeting rooms equipped with pingpong tables, swings, couches and foosball tables. One room in particular is reminiscent of a futuristic command center, complete with a wall-to-wall screen.

Things to Know

  • Since 1961, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has been connected to Montreal’s famous “underground city” via Place Ville Marie. This directly connects you to the central train station for easy indoor access to the 19-mile network of restaurants, shops and attractions — a particularly wonderful perk during winter months.
  • Situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, the luxury hotel offers a prime location for exploring the city. The property puts you within walking distance to the museums and landmarks of the historic district, the authentic dim sum of Chinatown and the greenery of Mount Royal Park.
  • The wellness center is the place to work off that extra helping of poutine with a 24-hour gym; a separate space offering virtual yoga, Pilates and spin classes; and an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. The eight-treatment room Moment Spa provides a serene retreat for a post-workout massage.

The Rooms

  • All 950 accommodations were reinvigorated with warm, inviting colors and sharp lines. The atmosphere is a mix of contemporary décor with an infusion of ’60s style as a throwback to the 1958 inauguration of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth.
  • Rooms are tastefully splashed with bold colors, while the suites — named after many of Montreal’s boroughs — are detailed with unique flair according to the history of its neighborhood inspiration. The St-Henri Suite, for example, plays off the neighborhood’s many parks by incorporating pops of green, nature-themed details and large windows that provide plenty of natural light.
  • The three top floors of this refreshed hotel are dedicated to the Fairmont Gold experience. These 80 luxurious rooms and suites provide access to the Fairmont Gold lounge, an exclusive multi-room retreat on the 21st floor with views of downtown, a dedicated concierge, complimentary canapés and gratis breakfast.

The Restaurants

  • At bistro Rosélys, chef Maxime Delmont focuses on local food while changing the menu regularly to reflect the French and English culture of Montreal. In addition to all-day dining, the venue turns out Fairmont’s traditional Sunday brunch and a modernized afternoon tea Thursday through Sunday.
  • Nacarat, named for its deep orange and red hues, is a hotel bar with a twist. Led by Nader Chabaane, the mixologists provide an experience based on flavors. Fancy a sour drink or something more umami? Choose from a wheel of tastes to select your beverage.
  • Kréma Café is more than just a hotel coffee shop — it caffeinates Montrealers, too. Accessible from the street, the café has become a hot spot for guests and locals alike to sip drinks made from a variety of local roasters, like Saint-Henri Micro-torréfacteur.
  • Marché Artisans is an 8,000-square-foot gourmet foods shop with an endless selection of artisanal delights to peruse. Stop by for lunch at one of the many made-to-order counters, pick up ready-to-eat dishes or even do your grocery shopping.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at Marche Artisans’ pastry counter, where you can watch as head pastry chef Jean-Marc Guillot creates treats right in front of you. Make sure to try his line of ice cream and sorbet.

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Pet friendly
Getting There
900 Rene Levesque Boulevard West, Montreal, H3B 4A5 Canada
YUL (18-28 min)  
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