The Montreal hotel Queen Elizabeth reopened the suite that hosted the famous 1969 bed-in by ex-Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
The Fairmont hotel redeveloped the suite during major renovations at a cost of $ 140 million that took place in the building over the past year.
A testimony of history.
The emblematic posters “hair peace” and “bed peace” can still be seen through the window of the most famous hotel room in Montreal but they are now permanent stickers.
Suite 1742 now includes interactive facilities featuring archival material from the eight-day stay of these leading figures of the peace and love movement.
The Hotel has also collaborated with an architectural firm and an art agency to install furniture and art inspired by the bed-in and the life of the ex-Beatles singer and his wife.
A mastered makeover.
Martin Leblanc, one of the architects who worked on this redevelopment, explains to have updated the couple’s message without the suite taking on the air of a museum so far. By picking up the green dial phone, you can hear John Lennon explain his commitment to peace. The chorus of the pacifist song “Give Peace a Chance” is inscribed on the whitewashed paneling, while portraits of John Lennon and Yoko Ono enthroned over a long dining table.
Virtual reality helmets invite visitors to put themselves in the shoes of the British musician by seeing the frantic scene that had spread around his bed when he welcomed, in his pajamas, hundreds of journalists, activists, admirers.
For those who do not know the story.
The bed-in for the peace of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was held from May 26 to June 2, 1969. It concluded with the recording of the song “Give Peace a Chance”.
Hotel spokesperson Joanne Papineau pointed out that at the time, several customers complained about the media circus and long-haired hippies strolling in the lobby. “People were asking us to throw them out,” she said. Fortunately, we have not listened to them and the story has been changed. ”
It was not until the 1980s, after the assassination of John Lennon, that the hotel decided to commemorate the bed-in, she said.
Sleeping with John and Yoko at a price.
Visitors who book the suite by the end of 2017 will have to extend $ 1969 per night, a nod to the year of the bed-in. From 2018, it will cost $ 3,500 per night to enjoy this exhibition and sleep in this suite. Those who can not afford it will still be able to see the immersive film created to relive the bed-in which will be put online for free on an unspecified date yet.
For the fans of the singer or the simple curious, this can really be worth a visit. In any case, congratulate the beautiful idea of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth of Montreal to revive this historic moment. Congratulations!
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