AccorHotels launches world-first Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok
A decade after the famous passenger train closed its doors for good, AccorHotels has announced the launch of the first Orient Express Hotel in the iconic King Power Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok, Thailand.
The new complex, set to open at the end of the year, hopes to emulate the luxury hospitality, fine craftsmanship and exquisite dining the train became synonymous with following its maiden voyage from Paris in 1883.
The hotel will feature 154 rooms, including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an entire floor dedicated to wellness, with an outdoor pool, jacuzzi and a signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain.
Thanks to famed designer Tristan Auer, the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages will be reimagined in the bedrooms and bathrooms, with all rooms providing stunning views over the city.
Two signature restaurants will also be installed in the 78-floor skyscraper; Mahanathi by David Thompson will offer sumptuous Thai cuisine, while Mott 32 – named after New York City’s first Chinese convenience store – is set to bring a taste of modern Cantonese with a contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar.
Guests of the hotel will also have access to the building’s recently-launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk – the highest observation deck in Bangkok – and rooftop bar, as well as King Power Duty Free and Retail spaces on the lower floors.
“Orient Express has always acted as a passport between worlds and a trip on these legendary trains was historical, touristic and cinematic with an inimitable experience,” AccorHotels chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin said.
“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.”
CEO of King Power Group Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha added: “The launch of the world’s first Orient Express Hotel at King Power Mahanakhon truly completes our vision of creating an extraordinary landmark that celebrates the city and adds a new milestone to Thailand and the world’s hospitality industry, while further elevating Thailand to a truly world-class destination.”
The hotel is due to open in the last quarter of 2019.