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AccorHotels to open world-first Orient Express hotel

AccorHotels this week announced it will open the first Orient Express hotel in Bangkok in the landmark King Power Mahanakhon.
 
AccorHotels Asia Pacific CEO and chairman, Michael Issenberg, said: “We are proud to bring the multicultural heritage, mystery and exoticism of the legendary Orient Express brand to Bangkok.

“Orient Express redefined rail travel in the 1900s, introducing the first sleeper cars linking West to East and delivering unprecedented levels of comfort and dining. We look forward to bringing this same luxury and refinement to the new incarnation of Orient Express hotels.”
 
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha CEO of King Power Group said: “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.” 
 
The original Orient Express trains were famous for the highest standards of fine craftsmanship, the newest innovations and the most exquisite dining and so Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will bring together the best names in these fields to reinterpret the art of luxury travel.
 
Esteemed designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into a modern skyscraper in the heart of a bustling metropolis. The sumptuous bedrooms and exquisite bathrooms will bring new levels of style and luxury to Bangkok.
 
The Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will feature 154 rooms including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an entire floor devoted to wellness including an outdoor pool and jacuzzi plus signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain. Two signature restaurants will include Cantonese restaurant, Mott 32, Thai fine diner Mahanathi by renowned chef David Thompson, and a glitzy cocktail bar.

 Within the complex is the recently launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck on levels 74, 75 and 78, while a King Power Duty Free and Retail occupies levels 1 to 4. A rooftop restaurant and bar on level 76 will also provide some of the best views in Thailand.
 
The hotel will open in Q4 2019, 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris.
 
AccorHotels and SNCF Group signed a strategic partnership in 2017 to develop Orient Express hotels after AccorHotels acquired a 50 per cent stake in the share capital of the brand.