Accor opens an Orient Express hotel in Venice Business Traveler


The property is located ten minutes from Venice Santa Lucia train station, one stop on the future Orient Express La Dolce Vita line.

Amman-based architect and interior designer Aline Asmar and her Culture in Architecture studio – whose previous work includes the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and the restaurant Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower – were chosen to design and decorate the hotel.

Architectural features of the property include a carved marble entrance, a neo-Gothic octagonal staircase, vaulted ceilings, and “mosaics, stuccos, paintings, frescoes stained with forgotten colors, and marvelous cherubs.”

Accor acquired a 50% stake in the Orient Express name in 2017which previously belonged 100% to the SNCF group, and has since announced its intention to launch a collection of hotels under the same name, notably in Rome.

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However plans for a Bangkok property in the King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper were abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The brand has no connection with the former Orient-Express hotels which were renamed Belmond Hotels in 2014.

Commenting on the news, Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles and Orient Express, Accor, said:

“The arrival of Orient Express in Venice resonates naturally with the brand’s history. It marks a return to the sources of a legend which finds its ultimate expression in the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli.

“Inspired by her multicultural background, her passion for Venice and her unique poetic language, Aline Asmar from Amman will sublimate the design of one of the most charismatic palaces in the world.”


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