AccorHotels will open the first Orient Express hotel in Bangkok in the last quarter of 2019, 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris.

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 the signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain.

The original Orient Express trains were famous for craftsmanship, the newest innovations and dining; following in those tracks, the Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok is set to bring together specialists in these fields to reinterpret luxury travel.

Designer Tristan Auer will re-imagine the art deco style and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into a modern skyscraper.

One of the signature restaurants will be Mahanathi by David Thompson on level five of the hotel. Thompson has established restaurants across the world, Nahm in London and Bangkok, Long Chim in Asia and Australia and Aaharn in Hong Kong.

Another is Mott 32 on level two, which will offer modern Cantonese dining with a contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar. Mott 32 is named after 32 Mott Street in New York - the site of NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which opened in 1851 and is now a Chinatown in the city.

Within the complex is the recently launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck on levels 74, 75 and 78, while a King Power Duty Free and Retail occupies levels 1 to 4. A rooftop restaurant and bar on level 76 will also be of offer.

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.

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