The luxury train that inspired some of the world’s greatest authors is getting a new extension to its identity
Luxury travel today may be constantly evolving but back in the day, it was synonymous with the Orient Express. Its trains were famous for the highest standards of fine craftsmanship, the newest innovations and the most exquisite dining. And in 2019, the Orient Express is getting a new phase of life in the form of a hotel in Thailand’s bustling capital.
At 78 storeys, the King Power Mahanakhon Building is currently Bangkok’s tallest, and is a visual landmark because of its dramatic exterior, which is encased in a glass curtain with cuboid spiral cut-outs that give it a pixelated appearance. Designer Tristan Auer will reimagine the original Orient Express carriages’ art deco styling and plant motifs into a modern skyscraper in the heart of the bustling metropolis.
Occupying the landmark King Power Mahanakhon Building, the Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok hotel – the brand’s very first – will feature 154 keys including nine suites and two penthouses, each with stunning views of Bangkok. Travellers looking for respite will find it easily, as the hotel will dedicate an entire floor to wellness. Take a dip in the outdoor pool or Jacuzzi, or book a spa treatment or massage at the signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain to soothe your skin and work out knotted, tired muscles.
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The Orient Express is also well on its way to becoming the epicentre of Bangkok’s social scene. Not only will it house a rooftop restaurant and bar, there will also be two signature restaurants: Mott 32, which will offer modern Cantonese dining, and Mahanathi by David Thompson, who is renowned for his expertise in Thai cuisine. Furthermore, guests will have access to the recently launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk, which is the building’s spectacular rooftop observation deck on levels 74, 75 and 78. A King Power duty-free and retail outlet will occupy levels 1 to 4.
The hotel will open in the last quarter of 2019 – 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris.