Not sure which song should be running through my head after getting a tour of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel’s Room 1742: Give Peace a Chance (which John Lennon recorded there in June 1969 during his historic 10-day bed-in with his wife), or You Can Be My Yoko Ono.
The staff at the Queen Elizabeth were remarkably accommodating in guiding us through the suite — especially because they get similar requests every few days. You can book the room, which goes for as much as $2000 a night depending on the season (and if it’s an anniversary of the bed-in). No photos allowed inside the room, but there’s plenty of memorabilia on the walls.
I’m a huge Beatles fan; I’ve always been fascinated by how Lennon used his art and celebrity to get attention. He never seemed afraid to play the fool, and inspired uprisings in his own way.
Here’s the original film of Lennon and Ono performing Give Peace a Chance inside the room: