Wedding Bells (East) - - Destinations -

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.

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