AccorHotels will open the first Orient Express hotel next year in Bangkok’s tallest building, the 78-storey King Power Mahanakhon Building. Slated to open in the final quarter of 2019, the hotel’s opening will take place in what was originally planned to be The Bangkok Edition Hotel which was scheduled to open in 2017.
This move follows the acquisition of the French hotel company in 2017 from SNCF Group, with plans to develop properties under the Orient Express name. The luxury hotel brand previously existed until 2014, when Accorhotels took a stake in Orient Express, with the previous Orient Express Hotels properties being rebranded as Belmond Hotels.
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 the bustling metropolis. Its brand and service cues will also come from the famed railway trends.
“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,” Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels said in a press statement, “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.”
The building, also known as the “Pixel Tower” for its dramatic exterior, is encased in a glass curtain with cuboid spiral cut-outs, giving it a pixelated appearance. Slated to open in the last quarter of 2019, Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will feature 154 rooms including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an entire floor dedicated to wellness.
The latter will boast an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, as well as a signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain. On the food and beverage front, the property will have two signature restaurants: Mott 32 on Level 2 and Mahanathi by David Thompson on Level 5. The building will also be home to Thailand’s highest observation deck, The Mahanakhon Skywalk, on its 74th, 75th and 76th floors.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power Group, 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’s opening in the last quarter of 2019 will mark 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris.