Sid Lee Architecture has finished a big renovation for one of the most prestigious hotels in Montreal, making possible the use of its lobby and public spaces for more than hotel guests. Stay tuned and see the makeover of Montreal’s Iconic Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
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This incredible space reopened to the public in June, after a year of renovations that intended to modernize the entire interior look.
The hotel first opened in 1958 and was the key to the neoclassical mid-century hotels with the best high-luxury style. Over the years the hotel collected incredible moments where it has hosted a big range of celebrities, heads of state and business people.
“We designed the renewed hotel experience with a very holistic vision,” said Jean Pelland, senior partner at Sid Lee. “The hotel literally opens onto the city to welcome local people.”
The project featured a consortium that included architects Sid Lee and Architecture49, along with general contractor Pomerleau.
“More generally, it reasserts itself as an urban hub serving local and international clientele,” he continued. “It’s a third space where people can go every day to do business, attend events or enjoy some downtime.”
The upgraded lobby is now accessible from various entrances and at the ground-level, there are public spaces including new venues for dining and shopping.
On the 2nd and 3rd floors, the company included new meeting rooms and conference spaces that overlook the Mont-Royal, a big park in the middle of the city.
The guestrooms also got a touch of fresh design to complete the entire renovation.
The 21st floor includes an indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge, that used to be named as Panorama. The lounge provides breathtaking views of the city.
“To underscore the hotel’s modernist heritage, the design takes its cues from styles and patterns seen in 1960s fashion,” said the architects.
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