Thursday, January 10, 2008

Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (commonly called The Queen Elizabeth Hotel; French: La Reine Elizabeth) is a grand hotel in Montreal, Quebec. It was built by the Canadian National Railway, but was later sold to Canadian Pacific Hotels, now Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
Located at 900 René Lévesque Boulevard West, in the heart of Montreal, it is connected to Gare Centrale and to the underground city.
Many famous guests have stayed there, including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Charles de Gaulle, Indira Gandhi, Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Perry Como, Joan Crawford, John Travolta, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
The hotel reached worldwide fame when John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who had been refused entry into the United States, conducted their Bed-In and recorded the song Give Peace a Chance in Room 1742 at the hotel, between May 26 and June 2, 1969.
The NHL Entry Draft was also held at the hotel ten times between 1963 and 1979.
The French name, Le Reine Elizabeth, may appear startling because of the use of the masculine article le. The article does not apply to the feminine noun Reine, but to the masculine noun Hôtel.

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