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Old Posted Oct 5, 2018, 1:49 PM
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^ Good news, Rico was referring to it in the past tense which made me assume it was gone. It's a beauty, nice to hear it's being renovated.
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It never came down, thankfully. It seems to have about as many lives as a cat.

But it's sat abandoned for many years. Though there are finally concrete plans to do something with it. (Work may even have started - I haven't been in that part of Montreal for a while.)
It's fully restored and occupied by high tech companies, anchored by Montreal’s technology darling, Lightspeed.
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Can't forget the last grand hotel built for Canadian pacific, the Chateau Whistler.

[IMG]Fairmont-Chateau-Whistler courtesy cooperativeski.co.uk by whatnextyvr, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Can't forget the last grand hotel built for Canadian pacific, the Chateau Whistler.

[IMG]Fairmont-Chateau-Whistler courtesy cooperativeski.co.uk by whatnextyvr, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Never knew this one existed. When was it built?
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Old Posted Oct 7, 2018, 8:25 PM
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I`ve always found it strange that while the railway companies, all of which were Headquartered in Montreal, were building palatial hotels across the country, they seemed to have forgotten about building one here. In fact it wasn`t until 1958 that Montreal would get it`s first railway hotel to match the scale of the Royal York, the Laurier or the Vancouver.

The Queen Elizabeth Hotel was the last true railway hotel built. Built by CN right on top of it`s central station, the Queen E was by far the most modern hotel built in Canada at that point. With 1200 rooms and suites, AC, huge convention floors and a direct access to the train station underground, the Queen E`s sober exterior hides a very elegant and fine-tuned tourism and high-society machine within.

It has been renovated 2 years ago and is now once again worthy of it`s 5 star designation. The guest list at this place is crazy, and is today the home away from home of the PM and his staff, any given Quebec Premier, and a nauseatingly long list of heads of states and celebrities.


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I love the Queen Elizabeth.
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I`ve always found it strange that while the railway companies, all of which were Headquartered in Montreal, were building palatial hotels across the country, they seemed to have forgotten about building one here. In fact it wasn`t until 1958 that Montreal would get it`s first railway hotel to match the scale of the Royal York, the Laurier or the Vancouver.

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CP built Place Viger in the 1890s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_Viger
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Never knew this one existed. When was it built?
Chateau Whistler was built in 1989.
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CP built Place Viger in the 1890s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_Viger
Dude, I wrote about the Viger just a few post back...
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Dude, I wrote about the Viger just a few post back...
Ok, I didn't notice the post.
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CP built Place Viger in the 1890s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Place_Viger
Viger was small potatoes compared to the massive, grand hotels in other cities. I think Rico was just pointing to Queen E. as the first large scale luxury railway hotel in Montreal.

It truly marked the start of a transformationnel era for Montreal with the re-positioning of the downtown financial district.
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L'Hotel was a CN Hotel at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. When CP took over the CN properties.....it became a Crowne Plaza and now the Intercontinental.
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What could have been. The Windsor hotel's third expansion before the financial crash put an end to it. It would have brought the hotel to over 1000 rooms and suites and an approximate height of 120 with the spire. Good enough for Montreal's third tallest at the time.

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