Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 8 May 2019, providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 BST.
The Queen Elizabeth Hotel Montreal Remembers John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed In For Peace”
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a “bed in for peace” in Amsterdam and Montreal to protest against war and violence around the world.
In Montreal, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their bed in at The Queen Elizabeth hotel for a week from 25 May to 2 June. It was here they penned and recorded their peace anthem “Give Peace A Chance”.
The hotel is celebrating the 50th anniversary with a special package including a stay in the John Lennon and Yoko Ono suite which is, at a very handsome price of CAD$2,999 a night, available to book from 1 June to 31 December 2019.
There are also a number of more accessible events, including tours of the suite and special displays in the hotel’s capacious and very well-appointed lobby, which include sound and video projections.
As for the hotel itself, it underwent a complete refurbishment in 2017. You certainly cannot fault the quality of the refurbishment and the hotel’s extensive facilities. However, the one problem is simply its sheer size. This does manifest itself in a very busy pool area and frequent queues for lifts.
Also of note this week:
Lyft and Uber drivers are to stage industrial action in a number of US cities today. (Washington Post)
Why Miami Beach is spending so much on public art. (CityLab)
A look at the almost finished Proper Hotel Santa Monica. (Urbanize LA)
Vintage sights of a rain soaked New York City. (New York Times)
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