INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Asia is seeing the opening of a number of new hotels, including the debut of the AccorHotels first Orient Express property in Bangkok.
AccorHotels to Debut First Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok
AccorHotels has revealed that the first Orient Express hotel will open in the King Power Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok. Imprinted in both history and imagination, the Orient Express brand has been reinvented for the future, with a vision to build a collection of prestigious hotels, steeped in tradition, myth and adventure.
The original Orient Express trains were famous for the highest standards of fine craftsmanship, the newest innovations and the most exquisite dining, as such Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will bring together the best names in these fields to reinterpret the art of luxury travel, according to the company.
Designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into a modern skyscraper in the heart of a bustling metropolis.
Two signature restaurants will include Mott 32 on level 2 and Mahanathi by David Thompson on level 5 of the hotel. Mott 32 will bring a modern Cantonese dining experience to the city with a contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar.
Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will have 154 rooms, including nine suites and two penthouses, as well as an entire floor devoted to wellness including an outdoor pool and jacuzzi plus signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain.
The hotel will open in the last quarter of 2019, 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris. 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 and now provide a new setting for the organization of events in collaboration with Potel & Chabot. Both groups are committed to preserving, promoting and sharing the heritage connected with the legendary brand.
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Marks Brand’s Debut in Bangkok
Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit marks the brand’s entry into the capital of Thailand.
The hotel is located near the Nana neighborhood—meaning “meeting place”—which has traditionally been a multicultural marketplace where people from around the world connect and exchange ideas.
The hotel is part of a 31-story, mixed-use development, which includes a luxury condominium and upscale retail shop, designed by Bangkok-based architecture firm OBA. The hotel is conceived as a modern Thai house by local interior design company PIA and pays tribute to the golden periods of Thai history through contemporary aesthetics, furniture and rugs.
The property has 273 guestrooms, including 21 suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the city views. The 2,249-sq.-ft. 28th floor Presidential Suite includes a dining room, a private workout room and a spacious outdoor terrace with panoramic views of Bangkok. Guests staying on the 27th floor can access the Regency Club Lounge. Privileges include exclusive check-in and check-out services as well as food and drinks alongside stunning city views with the choice of indoor or outdoor seating.
Hilton Launches Flagship Brand in Central Vietnam with Debut of Hilton Da Nang
Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s flagship brand, has opened Hilton Da Nang, a 28-story, 223-room full-service hotel. The opening marks Hilton’s third hotel in the country after Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi.
The 223 guestrooms and suites include locally inspired contemporary designs and views of the Han River. The hotel’s executive floor rooms offer exclusive access to the 27th floor lounge, where guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and panoramic views of the city.
The hotel offers eight meeting rooms and a grand ballroom, which can accommodate up to 500 guests. Each meeting space comes fully equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment, LED screens and high-speed WiFi to ensure events run smoothly and seamlessly.
Six Senses Maxwell Opens in Singapore
Six Senses Maxwell is now open in the historic Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore. The opening completes the brand’s first-ever city hotel project after the opening of sister property Six Senses Duxton in April, with both locations together comprising Six Senses Singapore.
Originally the site of a nutmeg plantation, 14 three-story and four-story colonial-style buildings were subsequently constructed and later joined together as a single entity to create a colonial-style 19th-century heritage building that now houses the hotel.
Built in 1929, the structure features an Art Deco frontage with exposed brickwork, lion head rainspouts, and a flagpole hinting at a possible past as a government building. Lovingly conserved, Six Senses Maxwell showcases the “refined yet flamboyant and sensual aesthetic” of French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia, and stands in contrast to the Anouska Hempel-designed Six Senses Duxton.
Six Senses Maxwell accommodates 138 guestrooms and suites located across four floors of the sustainably restored building, all decorated with custom furnishings and original artwork; an outdoor rooftop lap pool, a gymnasium, two restaurants and three bars.