Since opening its doors on April 15, 1958, the largest hotel in the city has a special place in the heart of Montrealers and visitors from around the world. At the time, the sleek 21-storey convention hotel was hailed as a masterpiece of innovation. Its construction above Central Station called for the most audacious techniques to eliminate the vibrations due to trains passing underneath. The Queen Elizabeth introduced new standards of hospitality to Montreal and was the keystone of a major renewal of the city’s downtown core.
Designed by the architects of Canadian National to be the ideal hotel for international conventions, it comprised 1,216 rooms with a typically Canadian decor. It was one of the first hotels in North America with escalators, centralized air conditioning and direct dial telephones in each room. The restaurants and cafes were inspired by the culinary traditions of France and Quebec and promoted local cuisine. The hotel delighted all gourmet guests and foodies with its Beaver Club restaurant, named after the oldest private club in Canada, which brought together people who enjoy the finer things in life and explorers from the far North.
From its inauguration, this unique property distinguished itself by the comfort of its rooms, the competence and efficiency of its personnel and the high quality of its restaurants. Since 1958, The Queen Elizabeth has been a reference in the world of luxury hospitality and a proud partner of the city’s vibrant social community. Its history is closely linked with the city and its economic development. Host of hundreds of prestigious events, home away from home for politicians, business leaders and celebrities, the hotel is also the meeting place for Montrealers.
Honouring its home town, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth boasts a brand new design blending a contemporary decor with a vintage flair reminiscent of Montreal’s golden years. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is one of Montreal’s most iconic landmarks
In 1961, the hotel was connected to Place Ville Marie by a corridor below street level that launched the first link to the Underground City. During Expo 67, fifty of the sixty visiting heads of state stayed in its luxurious suites. In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous Bed-In for Peace during which the ex-Beatles composed and recorded Give Peace a Chance, a song that quickly became a worldwide peace anthem. In 1976, the hotel was chosen as headquarters for the International Olympic Committee and welcomed dignitaries and international delegations.
Over the last few decades, prestigious personalities such as the members of British royal family, kings, queens and movie stars have graced us with their visit. Of course, the hotel is not only for celebrities, it takes great pride in being part of the cherished memories and milestones of Montreal families and corporations.
The objective of the hotel’s transformation in 2017 was precisely to make the establishment even more welcoming and to make it an important contributor to the social life of the Montreal community. Its new design reflects its commitment to continually renew itself and offer the highest standards of luxury hotels.