The French-based hospitality mega-brand is to activate the Orient Express brand it co-owns with SNCF France with the opening of the first hotel under the historic brand in Bangkok.
AccorHotels is set to open the first Orient Express Hotel at Bangkok iconic tower, the King Power Mahanakhon Building (often nicknamed the Pixel Tower). With 78 floors, the tower is for the time being the highest in Bangkok.
The new hotel is due to open its doors at the end of 2019, targeting elite customers from overseas. By carrying the mythical name of Orient Express, the King Power Mahanakhon Building hotel will become the first property in the world to carry the revived brand.
The hotel will consist of 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 style will be inspired by European art deco.
Guests will also gain free access to the building’s spectacular rooftop observation deck and rooftop bar which recently opened to the public. All rooms will provide stunning views over Thai capital.
The Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will feature two signature restaurants including Mahanathi by renowned expert in Thai cuisine, David Thompson. Also in the tower will be Mott 32, a Cantonese dining experience and a cocktail bar.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power Group, said it spent over 100 million baht on the new hotel.
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.
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 and now provide a new and exceptional setting for events in collaboration with Potel & Chabot.
“King Power Mahanakhon seeks for all of its projects to be different, impressive and distinct, exuding excellence in every dimension. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world, and placing Thailand’s tourism scene on the global stage through a landmark that combines exceptional hospitality, award-winning cuisine, a unique shopping experience and Bangkok’s spectacular views,” added Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabh.
“We are proud to bring the multicultural heritage, mystery and exoticism of the legendary Orient Express brand to Bangkok,” said Michael Issenberg, chairman and chief executive AccorHotels Asia Pacific.
“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.”
Sebastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive, AccorHotels added: “We are excited to bring back this spirit of luxurious adventure to today’s modern travellers.”