BANGKOK — Bangkok will soon welcome the first Orient Express hotel under the direction of AccorHotels, which took a stake in the company several years ago.
Parent company AccorHotels announced that Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will debut 154 rooms, including nine suites and two penthouses, in the landmark King Power Mahanakhon Building in the last quarter of 2019.
Upon completion, it will boast an entire floor devoted to wellness, including an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and the signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain, as well as a rooftop observation deck and rooftop bar, and two signature restaurants.
The hotel will make its debut 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris. The original Orient express trains were famous for their fine craftsmanship, which designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with replicating at the new hotel.
Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, said: “Orient Express has always acted as a passport between worlds and trip on these legendary trains was historical, touristic and cinematic with an inimitable experience. This linking of Occident and Orient, of history and modernity, and of curiosity and cultures will be a hallmark of the new Orient Express Hotels, and we are excited to bring back this spirit of luxurious adventure to today’s modern travellers.”
AccorHotels and SNCF Group signed a strategic partnership in 2017 to develop Orient Express hotels after AccorHotels acquired a 50% stake in the share capital of the brand. SNCF retains ownership of the seven original Orient Express carriages, which have been restored.