Accor to Revive Orient Express, Albeit Without a Train

By Anna Breuer on 29 September 2019
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IMG_4993 (1)AccorHotels announced plans to operate a chain of hotels under the legendary Orient Express name, and the first Orient Express property will open in Bangkok next summer.

The move comes almost 136 years to the day following the first ever Orient Express trip linking Paris and Constantinople on October 4, 1883.  Accor acquired a 50% stake in the Orient Express brand from SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway company, in 2017.

The 154-key property will be located in the 78-story King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper, a mixed-use building known for its pixelated glass-curtain façade.  At 1,030’ (314 m), it was the tallest building in the city when it opened in 2016 but has since been eclipsed by the 1,041’ (318 m) Magnolias Waterfront Residences Icon Siam.

The King Power Mahanakhon is also home to a Ritz-Carlton Residence.

Accor plans to open ten such properties by 2030.

“If we succeed by sharing the history, guests will feel like they are part of the myth of the Orient Express,” said Guillaume de Saint Lager, executive director of Accor’s Orient Express Hotels unit.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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