Reinventing the Hotel Experience at Montreal’s Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
Eastern Canada’s largest hotel is currently undergoing a rooftop to basement transformation to reinvent the iconic property’s service experience. The renovation, a $140-million investment by Ivanhoé Cambridge, started in June 2016 when the hotel closed to allow for the extensive project to take place in record time. Propelling the hotel into an exciting new chapter, the renovation will bring the hotel’s glorious past to life and celebrate Montreal’s history, culture and joie de vivre.
The renovation will bring all-new features such as additional suites; expanded Fairmont Gold rooms and lounge; a business campus with an outdoor terrace; a mixology bar; a cozy coffee lounge; a lively bistro; an urban market – a first in a Canadian hotel; a wellness center with indoor pool; a panoramic rooftop space with terrace and a vibrant lobby event lounge. The hotel will open on June 30, 2017 with all the main common areas and 500 guest rooms. The remaining 450 guest rooms will be ready by September 2017.
Inspirational meeting space that stimulates innovation
A pioneer in the meetings industry, and built as Montreal’s original convention center, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is leading the charge in redefining the new meeting experience for today’s demanding digital nomad clientele. As successful events strongly rely on getting the participants involved, the hotel will become a gathering point with a new immersive business campus that will be among the most modern in North America.
This new meeting floor named Colab_3 will be composed of a series of interconnected spaces and will become a hub where performance meets pleasure for business people seeking creativity and collaboration. This unique concept challenges conventional meetings and integrates an array of emerging technologies tailor-made for today's hyper-connected world in fun themed meeting rooms such as the Ping, the Swing and the Vortex. The meeting rooms and break-out lounges will be connected to a vast outside terrace perfect for social functions with panoramic views of the city.
Actively engaging with participants
Getting participants involved is always a challenge as delegates are interested in new types of experiences and want to contribute to presentations, share ideas rather than listen passively. The hotel’s multimedia lounges and technology will be great assets to liven up discussions and bring subjects to life. The Agora, a multi-purpose space located off the Lobby will be ideal to host original receptions in a trendy and relaxed ambiance. Built-in food stations hidden behind artwork, wall projections and cozy furniture will add theatrical flair to any event.
The reimagined hotel will offer meeting planners flexible and multi-functional spaces totaling 85,000 square feet. On the convention floor, meeting attendees can network in a series of spaces designed for spontaneous meetings and interactions.
The upper floors will feature modern guest rooms, including three luxurious Fairmont Gold floors with a vast lounge overlooking the dome of Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. Guests will also have access to a renewed wellness center including a well-appointed gym and redesigned pool. The completely redesigned iconic property will become a destination of choice in the heart of the business district.