Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel: A fresh start
After almost a year of major renovations, the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel reopened its doors last July. The genius behind this transformation is Sid Lee Architecture, which was in charge of the hotel’s new positioning and provided interior design and architecture services in partnership with Architecture 49.
“The establishment reasserted its place as an urban facility serving a local and international clientele. It’s a ?third place? where people can go every day, both to conduct business and participate in events or entertainment,” says Jean Pelland, Architect and Senior Partner at Sid Lee Architecture.
Inaugurated in 1958, the hotel was, for many years, one of the largest modern hotels in the world. Great musicians such as Oscar Peterson performed there, and its list of parties, balls and prestigious events attended by heads of state, royalty and businesspeople is impressive.
Today, the hotel pays tribute to its past by providing an inspiring space and new programming attuned to its Montreal character. Open to the city, it has living and working spaces for a local and international clientele.
The decor of its 950 guest rooms draws on the rich styles and patterns of the 1960s. The renowned Suite 1742, in which John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed for their famous bed-in, has also been redesigned. In remembrance of this historical event, the designers placed the furniture the same way the artists had at the time, notably placing the bed up against the window.
Avant-garde restaurants and business spaces
The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel was transformed to accommodate a business clientele on the second and third floors: one is reserved for conventions, while the other is a veritable state-of-the-art business campus with a multitude of thematic meeting rooms.
In addition, three foodservices are now available for guests and the public: the Rosélys restaurant, a modern, chic and accessible bistro, the Kréma Café, and the Nacarat Bar, whose terrace overlooks René-Lévesque Boulevard.
By the end of the year, the hotel will also open its Artisan market, where the public will be able to stroll through a kitchen production area and enjoy watching food artisans at work in their daily activities.
Finally, in November 2017, the hotel will be officially crowned with its Espace C2. This glass-bodied area built on the 21st floor will accommodate up to 220 guests with a variety of available configurations. This addition will definitely position the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel as a vanguard institution in the world of conference centres.
Photos: Stephane Brugger