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Jan 11, 2019,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

Bangkok: AccorHotels to open its first Orient Express hotel inspired by the legendary train

The first hotel in AccorHotels' Orient Express project, inspired by the legendary luxury trains of the same name, will open its doors in Bangkok at the end of 2019. Located in the highest skyscraper in the Thai capital, this extraordinary establishment with art deco-inspired design will have 154 top-quality rooms, a whole floor dedicated to well-being, a gastronomy restaurant and a panoramic terrace. The King Power Maha Nakhon Tower which will house the hotel is already host to a number of establishments and activities that bring in tourists.


In 2017, AccorHotels signed a partnership with French railway provider SNCF to develop a new prestige brand based on the legendary Orient Express. The hotel giant has now announced the opening of the first establishment of this kind located in Bangkok in the King Power Maha Nakhon Tower.

The Orient Express Hotel is set to open its doors in the final quarter of 2019, according to French website Voyages d'affaires. "The link between West and East, between the historical and the modern, between curiosity and cultures, will be the hallmark of these new Orient Express Hotels," explained Sébastien Bazin, CEO of the hotel group.


Prestige decor and gastronomic excellency


This first hotel will have 154 rooms, including nine suites and two penthouses. A whole floor will be exclusively given over to well-being with a spa, a jacuzzi and an outdoor pool. Lastly, the roof of the building, which is the tallest in the Thai capital, will house a bar and a panoramic viewing platform. Designed by interior architect Tristan Auer, the skyscraper’s decor has a spirit of art deco with plant motifs recalling the aesthetics of cars back in the era of the legendary Orient Express.

The hotel’s clients will be able to dine in a restaurant called Mott 32 and enjoy the Mahatani contemporary cocktail bar, designed by David Thompson, whose Asian restaurants have already won a number of awards, most notably in London and Hong Kong. "We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the world and putting Thailand on the world tourist map thanks to this extraordinary location which combines exceptional hospitality, award-winning cuisine, a unique shopping experience and spectacular views of Bangkok," said a delighted Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, CEO of the King Power group.


Incredible skyscraper


Whilst the Orient Express Hotel will not be open for at least another year, visitors can already go to the King Power Maha Nakhon Tower which has been home for the past two years to the Atelier Joël Robuchon –a Michelin-starred establishment that is the talk of Bangkok – a panoramic observation platform inaugurated in early December with one of the largest glass walkways in the world, a vast duty-free shop and a sky bar located at an altitude of 314 metres.

Known as The Peak, this bar is one of the most prestigious in the Thai capital. It can be hired for private meetings or other events and is linked to the Maha Nakhon Square, which can also be privately booked and which stretches out over 1,000 m². Visitors can enjoy the terrace and the bar seven days a week from 10 am until midnight, with a special reduction of 30% for entry to the tower.


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