The first hotel in North America to boast escalators, air-conditioning, and direct dial telephones when it opened in 1958, things have come full circle for Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, thanks to
a multi-million dollar renovation that after once more puts the building back at the highest of its game.
Conveniently set on prime of the city Central terminus, the hotel is connected to two metro stations as well as Montréal’s Underground City, which comprises over 20 miles
of pedestrian walkways, shopping centers, and entertainment venues.
A landmark since 1958, when the convention hotel was the talk of the town for its innovative offerings, the property has come full circle thanks to a recent $140 million
(£106 million) the renovation that has promptly nudged the building into the twenty-first century with a slick vogue that connects the lobby and therefore the lower level public areas with a
The guestrooms highlight the building’s modernist heritage with a subtle color palette dominant from that era, and mid-century-style furnishings. As part of the renovation project, the grande dame is back on top form with a series of new restaurants and a completely renovated wellness center and indoor pool
with different progressive instrumentality, including virtual yoga and pilates classes.
No fitness gear?
No problem: Fairmont President’s Club members will get Reebok elbow grease attire and footwear delivered on to their rooms.
There is also a sleek new spa that covers all bases from full massotherapy treatments, that uses bamboo, water lily and hibiscus massage oil, to quick pick-me-ups like the 25-minute Glow and Goes Facial Treatment. There’s also an impressive new business campus called CoLab 3 that wouldn’t look out of place in Silicon Valley.
There area unit an impressive twenty-two choices across the 950 rooms at this building.
Though still under renovation, more than 500 of them are complete and feature a slick new look with all the trappings – including Nespresso machines, USB ports, and seamless connectivity – expected in a modern hotel.
Bathrooms area unit unchanged and comfy, with Le Labo toiletries.
For Fairmont Gold members, book a higher level room for views over the city and access to the 21st-floor lounge for all-day snacks as well as your own concierge.
The buffet breakfast includes all the usual crowd-pleasers from eggs to crêpes and, of course, fresh bagels and smoked salmon. The setting here is chic with a crisp geometric design based on chevron patterns.
For a fast pick-me-up, Kréma Café serves a mean coffee produced by local roasters and for those nipping out of meetings, healthy ready-made meals can be bought to take away
at the lobby-located Italian region Artisans, Canada’s first urban market.
A substantial drinks list will be enjoyed at Nacarat Bar.
Standard Fairmont rooms from £176 ($296 CAD) in low season; and from £375 ($630 CAD) in high. Fairmont Gold rooms from £289 ($486 CAD) in low season; and from £480 ($808 CAD) in high. Breakfast is charged at $17 ($29 CAD) for the full buffet or on an à la carte basis. Wi-Fi is free once signed onto Fairmont’s complimentary loyalty club.