In late October 2022, hospitality giant Accor revealed the first glimpse of its revamped Orient Express train. With interiors designed by respected French architect Maxime d’Angeac, the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express train cars paid homage to their past while boldly marching into the future. Now, the sumptuous Presidential Suite—which occupies an entire train car—has been revealed. And the results are as incredible as you might imagine.
With a roomy interior inspired by the masters of Art Deco design, the Presidential Suite is 69 feet long and 9 feet wide. As travelers step inside the private entrance, they will be greeted by a Maître d'hôtel, whose job is only to serve Orient Express voyagers. He'll guide guests through the one-bedroom suite, which includes Lalique paneling, custom furniture, and a gas fireplace.
“The Orient Express Presidential Suite captures the essence of the future train,” explains d'Angeac, who is known for his work with fashion houses Hermès and Guerlain. “It is a work carved out of excess, inspired by the geniuses and pioneers of Art Deco, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, and Armand-Albert Rateau, and by the importance of refinement and the absolute finesse of detail. It is a Suite where travelers can experience history, extreme luxury, and ultimate comfort all at once.”
Along with the expected living room, bedroom, and bathroom, the suite is full of surprises. This includes a unique collector's item: an “LX” luxury cabin dating from 1929, with two beds, adorned with solid mahogany and Nelson and Prou marquetry, found aboard the Nostalgie-Istanbul-Orient-Express and fully restored. The ultimate surprise is the Cabinet de l'Égoïste, a secret room dedicated to good vibes and epicurean festivities.
The full magic of the Orient Express Presidential Suite is currently on display at Design Miami/. Through December 4, 2022, guests at the international fair can experience the opulence of the suite for themselves thanks to an immersive virtual reality experience.
Accor has revealed the sumptuous interior of the new Orient Express Presidential Suite.
Inspired by the masters of Art Deco design, the suite spans an entire train car.