If you are considering a honeymoon at home, the city of Montreal is perfect thanks to it’s Euro-vibes and charm. For romance, Old Montreal’s cobblestone streets can’t be beat— take a wander through this historic neighbourhood and explore all its nooks and crannies packed with interesting cafés, bistros and artisan shops. Another must? A trip to the top of Mount Royal for a breathtaking view of the city below. No visit to Montreal is complete without sampling such culinary delights as bagels, smoked meat and poutine.
Currently topping our radar as the place to stay is the newly revamped Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel. The property closed for one year to undergo a top-to-bottom reno, reopening in July 2017 with a modern, mid-century interior that is funky and fabulous. Our choice for the ultimate stay at the hotel is Suite 1742, which was made famous in 1969 when John Lennon and Yoko Ono made it the site of their second Bed-In for Peace.
Preserving the original character of the suite was paramount. Furniture was positioned in the same way John and Yoko had it set up for theBed-In—with the bed placed in front of the suite’s living room window. Above the bed are reproductions of the Bed-In’s famous handwritten messages, “Hair Peace” and “Bed Peace”. The suite’s modern and eclectic decor is inspired by the places the couple lived or visited, including London, New York, Tokyo and New Delhi.
The suite is home to a host of original and distinct artwork to give guests a fully immersive experience. Installations produced and designed by Montreal art direction agency MASSIVart found in Suite 1742 include a cabinet containing photos, videos and historical items. The suite also has a virtual reality angle—you can don headsets placed on the nightstands next to the bed, which immerse you in John and Yoko’s world. We vote giving peace a chance and checking into this iconic suite—it’s an experience that’s bound to be almost as special as your wedding day itself.—A.M.
Mid-century modern touches in the lobby of Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.
Suite 1742, made famous by the Lennon-Ono Bed-In, is the perfect honeymoon choice. Restaurant Rosélys offers chic French dining.