Located in the St-Henri suite of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, the newly remodeled room, which was done in partnership with Mattel for Barbie’s big 65th, is complete with pink furniture and appliances, Insta-worthy backdrops and a rotating disco ball overhead. But lest you think it’s just a gimmick, we’re here to tell you that after checking it out for ourselves, it’s even more fanciful than we could have dreamed.
There's a Barbie Dream Suite You Can Stay In, and Yes, It’s Just as Incredible as It Looks
Our inner child is screaming
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Stepping off the elevator and onto the 17th floor, our eyes made a beeline for the beckoning hot pink door (decidedly marked with a large white “B”) at the end of the hall that had our inner child screaming in delight.
It only got better from there. Once inside the suite, the first photo opp—a pink-and-white patterned wall with the word “Barbie” in giant fuchsia letters—was there to greet us, with a retro-lover’s dream kitchenette just beyond. (Think loud, colorful graphic-printed floors, raspberry cabinetry and an adorable blush pink microwave and kettle. Is your heart skipping a beat yet? Ours was totally skipping a beat.)
While there are two bedrooms with king-size beds and two private baths, all of which have been decked out in full Barbie regalia, it was the first one, boasting light pink accent walls, round statement nightstands, silky fuchsia pillowcases and a matching bedroom settee, that really did us in.
One room over, the vibe was far more retro, with references to Roller Skating Barbie (or, for Nintendo nerds like me, the icons in the ‘90s video game), a gray-toned leopard print carpet and a neon pink paint job, all of which delivered on its intent to invoke waves of nostalgia immediately upon walking into the room.
Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
The thing that impressed us the most about the suite was the incredible attention to detail.
More than just slapping a rosy color scheme across the suite (which yes, they certainly have), designer Morgan First took care to represent Barbie in all her various forms throughout the years, consequently giving a nod to her fans of every age. Her vintage self is represented by the astronaut Barbie painting that hangs above the couch. (Fun fact: Barbie was exploring space for years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in 1969—her first astrosuit was released in 1965.) The famed Totally Hair Barbie that every ‘90s kid remembers with verve makes an appearance in a living room magazine. Her modern self is there in the coffee table book ($170) that’s dedicated to her Instagram style (which, might we add, is fierce) and is prominently displayed on the desk.
Perhaps the suite’s best feature references the Dua Lipa-fueled dance scene in the blockbuster hit—a light switch that turns on a disco ball in the kitchen, making it spin and shine bright enough to dance the night away.
While we didn’t have the pleasure of actually sleeping in this dreamy space (a single night in all this luxuriousness will cost you roughly $1,110), we did experience a fair bit of one of its adjacent package options: the Barbie Spectacular PJ Soiree, which goes for the room price plus $299 per person.
While you can book this experience for up to ten of your besties to help split the cost (note that only four can stay the night), we comfortably fit 17 “Barbies” inside the 1,200 square-foot space with room to spare. For one glorious evening, we had free reign of the suite to take pictures, mingle and cuddle up on the couch (yes, we watched the Barbie movie). We also had room enough in the living room to perform the dance we learned from the film as a group (newsflash: It’s not as easy it looks).
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
The package includes complimentary bathrobes (large, but adorable) and slippers for every guest, plus bites and cocktails (think pink Champagne and sweet-but-dangerous vodka cocktails) from the hotel’s Marché Artisans restaurant downstairs.
While we happily partook in the scrumptious bites and beverages, those going with a demurer group can opt for a mocktail menu or try the Barbie Dream Tea package instead, which goes for the price of the room plus $110 per person and serves tea and rosé for a group of six.
The Afternoon Tea
If all of the above exceeds your budget (join the club)—you can still get in on a bit of the Barbie magic with a fabulous Barbie afternoon tea ($56 plus taxes and gratuity) that’s being offered downstairs in the hotel’s Rosely’s restaurant (book a spot here), which we were also privy to try.
Unlike the hotel’s regular tea offering, the Barbie tea is decorated in a way to make you feel like a living doll, with pink sparkly table runners, blush serving trays and tea pots and candy-colored bites galore.
The price includes a pot of tea of your choice (we went with a strawberry option, which was super light and drinkable) plus a two-tier tray of sweet and savory Barbie-themed snacks (do yourself a favor and hoard the potato cromesquis with saffron emulsion and the gougère with Louis d’Or cheese and raspberry crisp).
You can also trade in your tea for cocktails should you prefer (though they’re priced à la carte).
The Bottom Line
While Barbies of every age will love this suite (yes, your daughter will go wild over the hanging Barbie cushion chair in the living room), we think it's adult Barbies who will appreciate it most, having gotten the full context of who Barbie is, what she means and her 65-year journey on this planet. (You’ll also be of age to enjoy the not-to-be-missed cocktails, which by the by, are even more magical at the hotel bar upstairs, Nacarat—see our photo below for proof.)
A word of advice? If you are planning to check out the hotel, book your Barbie offering of choice early—the parties require 14-day advance notice plus a one-night refundable prepayment. Beyond that, they’re not likely to last long once words gets out about their fabulousness.