AccorHotels will opened the first Orient Express hotel in Bangkok. The Orient Express brand has been reinvented for the future, with a vision to build a 'collection of prestigious hotels, steeped in tradition, myth and adventure,' according to the official release.
Sebastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels said: “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. 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.”
“We are proud to bring the multicultural heritage, mystery and exoticism of the legendary Orient Express brand to Bangkok” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific.
The original Orient Express trains were famous for craftsmanship, the newest innovations and dining and so Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will bring together names in these fields to reinterpret luxury travel.
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. Two signature restaurants will include Mott 32 on level two and Mahanathi by David Thompson on level five of the hotel.
David Thompson is known for his skills and expertise in Thai cuisine and culinary. Thompson has established restaurants across the world, Nahm in London and Bangkok, Long Chim in Asia and Australia and Aaharn in Hong Kong.
Mott 32, will also bring modern Cantonese dining experience to the city with a contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar in Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok. Mott 32 is named after 32 Mott Street in New York - the site of NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which opened in 1851 and is now a vibrant Chinatown in the city.
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.
For over 135 years, Orient Express has inspired authors, artists and film directors, with famous guests including Josephine Baker, Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Mata Hari. Agatha Christie made the trains even more famous with her eponymous novel Murder on the Orient Express, while Albert Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes and James Bond’s From Russia with Love further immortalised the Orient Express name in the popular imagination.
Another hallmark of the Orient Express has always been its staff and the uniform. 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.
The hotel will open in the last quarter of 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% stake in the share capital of the brand. SNCF retains ownership of the seven original Orient Express carriages, which have been restored.