A decade after running its last sleeper service, the world’s legendary locomotive brand is back on track – well, sort of.
A new collection of hotels is launching under the 140-year-old Orient Express name, with 10 properties rolling out around the world by 2030. First stop: Bangkok. But don’t expect bunk beds or billowing steam at the 154-room Orient Express Hotel (opening in King Power Mahanakhon tower this autumn). Instead, French designer Tristan Auer’s interiors will trade heavily on the allure of golden-age rail travel, notably with the moodily lit Wagon Bar.
Owner AccorHotels has even hired an in-house historian, and casts hotel staff as “conductors”. For all that authenticity, however, one hotel amenity certainly didn’t feature on the original Paris-to-Istanbul service: an entire floor devoted to wellness, with a Guerlain spa and outdoor pool. There are perks to putting down roots, after all.