Ivanhoé Cambridge and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will close Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in downtown Montreal in mid-June 2016 for a CDN $140 million renovation.
The property’s common areas and some 500 guestrooms will reopen in June 2017, in time for celebrations marking the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The remainder of the rooms will be completed by December 2017.
“This transformation will mark the hotel’s return as Montreal’s leading business destination and preferred venue for international events and global business conferences,” said Daniel Fournier, chairman and CEO of Ivanhoé Cambridge. “We are extremely proud to invest in downtown Montreal, our economic, commercial and cultural heart. This project is an exceptional opportunity to innovate and to write a new chapter in the history of our great city.”
While Ivanhoé Cambridge and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is executing the work over as short a time period as possible, the closing with impact more than 600 employees, the majority of whom will be laid off temporarily for nine to 12 months. A small transition team, consisting of sales, marketing and essential services personnel, as well as outside catering services, will be maintained.
To ease the transition, a comprehensive personalized support program has been implemented. In addition, employees will have the opportunity to be relocated to other area hotels and establishments managed by the Fairmont brand. In the final months of the project, Fairmont will undertake a major training program to introduce new and returning employees to the property’s new features.
After its transformation, the hotel will offer an innovative business campus developed by the creative teams at Sid Lee. According to a press release, the campus will include “a set of interconnected and accessible public meeting and multifunctional spaces where businesspeople will be able to engage in creative, collaborative and innovative experiences.”
Other features include: an array of restaurants and bars; a unique urban market; and new open spaces, which will host a variety of cultural and commercial events and activities