19 Dec 2018
Bangkok’s growing luxury hotel scene will welcome a new brand when the world’s first Orient Express hotel opens in the King Power Mahanakhon Building in 4Q2019, 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden journey from Paris.
The Orient Express Hotel brand was unveiled by AccorHotels and King Power during a signing ceremony between the two companies yesterday at the recently opened Mahanakhon Skywalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck atop the 78-storey King Power Mahanakhon Building, and which will be accessible to hotel guests too.
Sebastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, said in a statement: Orient Express has always acted as a passport between worlds… 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.”
Michael Issenberg, chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific, said: “Paris was the most visited city when the Orient Express train was launched; now Bangkok has the honour of being the most visited city when the Orient Express Hotel launches.”
At the signing ceremony, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of King Power Group – son of late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – also dedicated the “multimillion” project to his father who passed away in recent helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
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.
Designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into the modern skyscraper hotel.