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Travel Check-in checkup and bet­ter search en­gines

ON ITS 375TH birth­day, Mon­treal is hav­ing a re­nais­sance mo­ment. Fa­mous for its in­fa­mous guests – John Len­non and Yoko Ono’s bed-in for peace was held here in 1969 – Fair­mont The Queen El­iz­a­beth has re­opened its doors af­ter a trans­for­ma­tion to the tune of $140 mil­lion ( www.fair­ queen-el­iz­a­beth-mon­treal), while Le Mount Stephen (, a mem­ber of Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World, opened this past May in one of the city’s his­toric man­sions, the for­mer home of Sir Ge­orge Stephen, a.k.a. the money be­hind the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way.

In Toronto, Ink En­ter­tain­ment’s restau­rant and nightlife en­trepreneur Charles Khabouth is dip­ping his toe into the ho­tel world with Bisha Ho­tel & Res­i­dences Toronto. The prop­erty, in part­ner­ship with Loews Ho­tels, is billed as a cul­tural hub and sits on Blue Jays Way near land­marks such as the CN Tower and Rogers Cen­tre. Khabouth has tapped the mu­sic-and-fash­ion star Lenny Kravitz, who also heads up Kravitz De­sign, a firm with ho­tel projects in Mi­ami and NYC, to de­sign an en­tire floor of the 44-storey build­ing. Rock on. www. bisha­ —Vi­vian Vas­sos


Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing, so book now for Christ­mas Gone are the days when the best air­fare deals for the hol­i­days were 10 months out or at the last minute. Global flight com­par­i­son web­site, cheap­, has de­vel­oped a tool us­ing its search en­gine data to pin­point ex­actly when prices are at their low­est over the hol­i­days. For ex­am­ple, book the cheap­est air­fares to Lon­don, Eng­land, for Christ­mas in mid-Au­gust; if you’re plan­ning Delhi, Mum­bai or Paris, book flights the week of Sept. 10 (that’s about 15 weeks be­fore Christ­mas) and for Bangkok the week of Sept. 17. For

more des­ti­na­tions and tim­ing, go to­­book-flights-for-christ­mas —VV

Where’s there’s a whim, there’s a way The premise for a new on­line goto whipped up by the web­site, Book­ing. com. Known as Pas­sion Search, think of it as your per­sonal concierge for your tai­lor-made in­ter­ests when it comes to travel. Match­ing peo­ple’s unique en­thu­si­asms – be it truf­fle-hunt­ing or tango, cross-coun­try ski­ing or cou­ture – it puts the lust in wan­der via a search en­gine con­sist­ing of more than 850,000 places to stay in 220 coun­tries world­wide. Bet­ter yet: the range in­cludes 30 dif­fer­ent types of ac­com­mo­da­tion – even igloos! —Shi­nan Go­vani

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