AccorHotels takes part in a signing ceremony by the skywalk of the huge new King Power Mahanakhon Building.
Bangkok’s growing luxury hotel scene will welcome a new brand when the world’s first Orient Express hotel opens in the King Power Mahanakhon Building less than a year from now, which is 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden journey from Paris, TTG Asia reports.
The Orient Express Hotel brand was unveiled by AccorHotels and Thai retail giant King Power during a signing ceremony between the two companies at the recently opened Mahanakhon Skywalk.
The skywalk is now Thailand’s highest observation deck, perched on the 78-floor Mahanakhon structure, which will be accessible to the hotel’s future guests.
The hotel will feature 154 rooms including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as two highbrow restaurants and an entire floor devoted to wellness including an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi plus an Orient Express Spa by Guerlain.
The French designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into the modern skyscraper hotel.
Accor’s top executives expressed bullish sentiments of Bangkok’s tourism prospects, in view of a recent expansion of luxury room supply in the city.
The Orient Express Hotels brand signifies Accor’s desire to “compete at the super luxury level”, said Patrick Basset, COO of the company for upper southeast and northeast Asia and the Maldives.
AccorHotels currently has 80 hotels in Thailand, with over a third of them in the luxury segment. It bought into the Orient Express rail brand in October 2017.
“Even though Thailand saw some hiccups this year with some markets, overall we’re confident of the long-term prospects of Bangkok, with tourist arrivals likely to hit 38 million this year and probably much more in the future,” Basset said
Michael Issenberg, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific, pointed out that “Paris was the most visited city when the Orient Express train was launched. Now Bangkok has the honour of being the most visited city when the Orient Express Hotel launches.”
At the signing ceremony, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power Group – son of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – dedicated the project to his father who was killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on October 27.