With all the glamor and excitement happening at Buckingham Palace, the world has once again caught royal fever. How fitting, then, that the historic Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, Canada, recently reopened after a $140 million update that gives it a fresh injection of youthfulness and energy. The design team looked to the ‘60s for color and pattern inspiration – think groovy geometrics and circles à la James Bond movie graphics. Guest rooms are bright and bold, with a youthful feel. “This is where Montrealers received the world,” says Martin LeBlanc, an architect and senior partner at Sid Lee Architecture, which led the hotel’s year-long renovation.
The Queen E first opened in April 1958, and in 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their largest Bed-In for Peace in suite 1742, which is now the Queen E’s most sought-after room. “Previously, there was just a frame on the wall that identified the room,” say Martin. Post-reno, the furniture is placed like John and Yoko rearranged it and walls are inscribed with words from the song “Give Peace a Chance” (which was recorded in the room). Immersive artworks let fans virtually experience the famous event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in May 2019. Click through to see inside the space, including John and Yoko’s famous suite.