The World’s Most Glamorous New Hotel Suites Are . . . on a Train

Architectural Digest

April 2018

AD gets a first look at the the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’s jaw-dropping, just-debuted accommodations.

If there’s any mode of transportation capable of bringing back the golden age of travel, it’s the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Long before TSA Precheck, train travel was the most efficient mode of transportation in Europe, and the Orient Express ferried affluent passengers on routes connecting Istanbul, London, and cities in between starting in 1883. And though it’s certainly not the fastest way to get around today, it’s by far the best way to take in the scenery.

Occupying one third of a carriage, the suites feature wood marquetry, sumptuous textiles, and bespoke design touches. In collaboration with Belmond’s design team, Wimberly Interiors turned to archival images for inspiration, looking at the Art Deco designs from the train’s heyday in the 1920s and ‘30s.

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