For eight days between 26 May and 2 June, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their second bed-in for peace in Suite 1742 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal that’s the largest hotel in Quebec and includes Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama in ist list of guests. In the room that made history, John Lennon and Yoko Ono planned the second non-violent protest against war in Vietnam - after the previous one done at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam – inviting journalists and also recording the famous anthem Give Peace a Chance with a number of theirfriends.
Now, after closing for renovations, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth has opened with the intent to create a space for the community and the notorious room, of course, has undergone major renovations, revealing a contemporary new look that pays homage to this iconic moment. They newly re-designed Suite 1742 – officially inaugurated on September 21 - features art installations, including works by Karen Tam, Jannick Deslaurier, and Marie Soleil Denault, mid-century design features, walls lined with lyrics from Give Peace a Chance as well as several objects from the actual protest in1969.
Inside the cabinets, which were inspired by storage used by John and Yoko, you'll find an installation that features interactive drawers full of photographs, podcasts, videos and historical objects. The suite also offers an immersive Virtual Reality component so that guests can experience the room the way that John Lennon and Yoko Ono did nearly fifty years ago.
The suite is available to book now for the price of$1,969 a night - Lennon paid $1,000 a night back in 1969.
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