I stayed at the hotel for 5 days in December 2012 with my 2 teenage daughters, during the winter storm. Opted for a cheap room ($144). Based on the reviews I expected a rather small room. The 2 queen beds were extremely comfortable, however, the room was big enough for 1 bed only instead of 2 beds. Solved the problem by pushing the beds against the walls and moving the table into the corner. The bathroom is small, but functional. The view from the room was magnificent. We were on the 8th floor, overlooking Mary, Queen of the World cathedral. Unforgettable view. There is a rather large cabinet in the room that serves as a TV stand. It is so high that one has to strain the neck in order to watch the television. The service was great. We asked for extra towels and were given a 3-day supply in all different sizes. The famous Fairmont Gold on the 19th floor with the panoramic elevator was closed due to low season, we were told.
Do not forget to register to become a member of the President's club in order to get free internet access. Enough has been said here about the location of the hotel, which is extremely important in winter time. There is not much going on in the city on Christmas Eve and Day, so we took advantage of the amenities at the hotel - the swimming pool, the hot tub, the steam room, the gym. The fresh fruit and lemonade at the Health Club are a nice touch. The pool can get crowded before closing (the hours are 6am-10pm). I had to fight young kids jumping over my head and guys in their twenties throwing ball across the pool. The pool boy eventually apologized for the inconveniences. The streets of Montreal were deserted during the holiday, not a lot of lights and decorations. We climbed Mount Royal, as did many tourists from all over the world and locals. The lookout from the chalet observatory atop Mont Royal epitomizes the essence of Montreal, I highly recommend it.
The restaurant Le Montréalais was rather expensive, so we ate outside of the hotel. If you are visiting in the cold weather make plans ahead of time and check for hours. We once had breakfast at Eggspectation and came back for dinner a couple of days later only to find out that the place closes at 6pm. If you like crepes, I recommend Paris Crepes on Rue Crescent near the hotel.
There are plenty of fast food restaurants at the train station. The food at the Chinese, Thai, Korean or Indian places tastes the same, very blend. But it if you need to grab a croissant or a cup of coffee on the go, Gare Central is the solution.
Would definitely come back to Queen Elizabeth in summer time.
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January 8, 2013
Dear star555girl - We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth this past December. Thank you for the detailed feedback and great comments you shared. With regards to the pieces of furniture in the room, we are currently reviewing the possibility of redesigning the space, including the height of the TV cabinet and we greatly appreciate your suggestions. We also look forward to welcoming you back when the weather gets warmer. Kindest regards.
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