Family-friendly Luxury at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal

As you stroll through the large and elegant lobby of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in downtown Montreal, you may weave through cruise ship passengers extending their stay in the city, a well-heeled wedding party posing for pictures before a reception in the Grand Salon, or business travelers attending a convention. This Montreal mainstay caters to a wide range of luxury and business travelers, both young and old.

On our previous  visit to Montreal, we stayed at the outskirts of Old Montreal, so when Tourism Montreal invited us to come visit a second time, we were happy to explore a new part of the city and enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth lobby in Montreal -- hotel review

Lobby, Photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels

Location

The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is conveniently located, with elevator access to the Underground city and just a short indoor stroll to the Central Station train station and Bonaventure Metro Station. Since we were determined to explore different parts of the city, this easy access to the Metro made getting around a breeze. The hotel is also only a 10-minute walk to Old Montreal, and about 15-20 minutes to the main attractions in the Old Port or Place Jacques-Cartier.

Accommodations

The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth offers 982 guest rooms and suites, including the famous John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite, where the song “Give Peace a Chance” was composed and recorded. For families, there are a variety of one and two-bedroom suites, which provide that extra space to allow a family some peace (and privacy) of their own.

We were situated in a spacious one-bedroom suite, which gave us over 700 feet spread over two rooms and one and a half bathrooms to spread out. The suite opened into a spacious living area with a pull out sofa, chairs, and a desk, with its own half bath adjoining. Turning left down the hallway that separated the bedroom from the living space was a large bathroom with soaking tub, spacious shower stall, and large sink and vanity.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth one-bedroom suite living room

The living room of our one-bedroom suite

Even the bedroom was spacious, with plenty of area around the king-sized bed to move around and a full size chest of drawers for unpacking. We arrived at nearly midnight, after a long drive and border crossing, to find the room with the lights dimmed and the music playing, the linens turned down on the bed and ready to welcome us to sleep. We did need to move the furniture in the living space on our own and play a bit of tug-of-war with the sleeper sofa to get the bed ready for our daughter, but at least the bed was already made.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth King bedroom in one-bedroom suite in Montreal

The king bed in our one-bedroom suite

After our first busy day in Montreal, we were so exhausted that all we wanted to do was shower, climb into our comfy robes, and relax in our spacious suite. I wish I had realized that the Fairmont offers child-sized robes upon request (how much better it would be if they were just provided when there are children in your party), but Hannah looked pretty adorable in the full-size robes provided.

Relaxing at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Relaxing in our robes

My only complaint about our room was that it was very hard to control the temperature in the living space. The bedroom would get nice and cool, but it seemed that no matter what we set the temperature to in the living space, it stayed uncomfortably warm. Luckily my daughter is always cold when she sleeps so she was fine.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth bathroom

One and one-half baths in the suite at the Fairmont

Dining

Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar off the lobby is well-known for its Sunday brunch and afternoon high tea. With its elegant setting, which reminded me a bit of the Palm Court at the Plaza in NYC, I imagine it would be a lovely place for tea, but our schedule didn’t permit enjoying it on this trip. We did visit the restaurant for Sunday brunch, but since our package included Continental Breakfast, we didn’t take advantage of the full buffet. However, since the Continental Breakfast, which included just coffee, juice and two pastries was a pricey $19 CA, it would definitely be worth it to upgrade to the full buffet for $26 CA.

Our pastries were good, but we found much better at Maison Christian Faure in Old Montreal and they were well worth the extra walk! I was also disappointed by the selections on the room service menu. If we weren’t so exhausted by the heat and our busy day exploring the port, we would have been much better off strolling down to Old Montreal or making a reservation in nearby Rue Ste. Catherine.

Amenities

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth offers families cribs upon request, and can arrange babysitting services with up to 48 hours advance notice. To unwind, the hotel also has an indoor pool, always popular with kids and teens! The Fairmont Hotels also offer family dining programs where kids aged 5 and under eat free off the children’s menu while kids aged 6-11 eat for half price off the regular menu. The children’s menus include kid-friendly favorites but with a healthier twist using whole wheat flour, and incorporating more fruits and vegetables.

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth indoor pool

Indoor pool, photo courtesy of Fairmont Hotels

What to do in Montreal

There is so much to do in Montreal with kids that it will take many posts just to share a few (you can start here.) In Old Montreal you can take a horse and carriage ride, explore the Pointe-à-Callière archeology museum, visit the Science Center, zip line across the harbor, climb on Voiles-en-Voiles aerial adventure park, bike along the canal, visit the Botanical Gardens and Biodome and so much more. Stay tuned for more details.

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Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel Review -- family-friendly luxury in Montreal

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Note: We received complimentary accommodations courtesy of Tourism Montreal and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. As always, all opinions are our own and we have provided our honest review.

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  1. I love the idea of enjoying luxury even when on a family vacation! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Thanks, it is nice when you can swing it. I wish we always could travel that way but choose to travel more frequently instead.

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