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The Transformation of an Icon: Creativity, Collaboration and Culture

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has become a canvas for meeting planners and their clients to experience an immersive business hub, with bold new meeting rooms created to stretch ideas, dreams and boundaries.

Under the leadership of Sid Lee’s leading architects, associates Jean Pelland and Martin Leblanc, the hotel has positioning itself as an integral partner in the entire meeting process, shifting the meeting paradigm on how groups meet, interact and create. The third floor has a series of meeting rooms and themed workspaces in 35,000 sq. ft. of space with bold new non-traditional concepts that include playful, creative zones to drive innovation.

The Eureka Room’s circular table is surrounded by a 180-degree bank of multi-media screens covering almost the entire wall. The Copy and Paste rooms feature white walls to write on and an entire wall covered with large pads of Post-it Notes. The LG Tech Room will continuously update cutting-edge technology for groups to use. The Swing Room will let your inner kid  resurface, with two—you guessed it—swings, while the Ping Room features a ping-pong table for a boardroom table. These spaces promote freedom to think, conceptualize and solve problems collaboratively. The area will also feature a new outdoor terrace located off the third floor with a gorgeous unobstructed view of Mont Royal and the city. 

The hotel still has 50,000 sq. ft. of traditional meeting venues, including a ballroom that can open up to 17,000 sq. ft. with no pillar obstruction, as well as non-conventional and multi-functional prefunction areas to foster meaningful connections. A multi-purpose lounge for fun social gatherings completes this unique convention floor.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth will challenge your preconceived notions of what a hotel could be. Upon entering the lobby, guests will discover the Agora, a flexible, multi-media space with dynamic programming. This area accommodates a variety of events, including product launches, a town hall or pop-up exhibitions. Five satellite kitchens—almost like a food truck experience—can add an authentic Montréal street life vibe to any reception. An urban kitchen market, the first of its kind in any hotel in Canada, features upscale local craftsmen, artisans and food producers. A lively mixology bar, bistro-style restaurant, a superior café, and an award-winning outside catering service complete the culinary experience.

The hotel has reopened with 500 guestrooms, including 100 suites, and the remaining 450 guestrooms, will be completed before fall. Three luxurious Fairmont Gold Floors will have access to the expanded and redesigned Gold Lounge. The famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite, site of the 1969 “bed-in for peace,” will be reimagined with a virtual reality experience and plenty of in-room surprises. The 3,000-sq.-ft. Royal Suite—the largest in the city—will have a private panoramic elevator.

After work, meeting delegates can unwind in the new expanded fitness centre or swim laps in the indoor pool on the lower level.

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