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Montreal hotel marks 40th anniversary of John Lennon's peace bed-in

Suite 1742 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is no ordinary hotel room.
On the door, just below the suite number, there's a silver plaque bearing the names John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
It was here, 40 years ago - from May 26 to June 2, 1969 - that the ex-Beatle and his wife held their famous "Bed-In for Peace" during the Vietnam War.
They spoke to journalists to promote their message of world peace and recorded the song "Give Peace a Chance" in the suite.

The hotel is inviting guests to mark the anniversary with a package that includes one night's accommodation and breakfast in bed for two (or a restaurant buffet breakfast if they prefer). Guests also receive a CD featuring "Give Peace a Chance" and a frameable copy of the song's lyrics.

The Imagine package, offered between March 1 to June 21, starts at $599 per night (double occupancy) for suite 1742, subject to availability, or $199 for a regular room.
The hotel says the suite has been refurbished many times since the historic occasion. The walls feature memorabilia including press articles, framed gold records of "Give Peace a Chance" and pictures of the Lennon and Ono.
Fairmont is also promoting a martini created for the anniversary: "The gin is British for John; the sake is Japanese for Yoko; the grenadine signifies love; and the lemon symbolizes that sometimes love is bitter."
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