Plush new suites to inspire your own Orient Express adventure
The most iconic train in the world hits the big screen this month. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – inspired by the setting of Agatha Christie’s cherished 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express – is making headlines once again as Johnny Depp, Judy Dench, and Michelle Pfeiffer star in the film adaptation of the classic who-dunnit.
Should the film inspire in you a bit of locomotive wanderlust (without the salacious slaughter, of course), the legendary train, operated by the luxury brand Belmond, has just the unveiled a trio of new suites that promise a luxurious new way to hit the rails.
Debuting in March and available for bookings now, the Grand Suites are so elegant and spacious, you might think you’re in a five-star hotel—save for the view of those rolling landscapes out your window.
The three accommodations occupy a single carriage (a space that usually houses nine cabins) and each features a private bathroom and separate living area. Designed by London-based Wimberly Interiors, and crafted by master artisans in France, each suite is named for one of the train’s historic original stops — Paris, Venice, and Istanbul — and dressed in décor that reflects elements of that destination.
Look out for hand-crafted Venetian glass, silver-hued silks, and baroque-style furnishings in the Venice Suite, and hand-carved woods and embossed leather in the Istanbul Suite.
In addition to the extra elbow room, Grand Suite guests will also enjoy private transfers to and from the train, a dedicated personal cabin steward, bespoke amenities (like art deco–inspired bathrobes), and the option to dine privately en-suite.
Of course, the rest of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is just as alluring, with its Lalique glass-paneled dining car serving artisanal cuisine and Champagne bar serving Taittinger and Laurent Perrier Rosé well into the wee hours. Still, the temptation to order that bubbly in — it’s free-flowing for suite guests, after all — might be the greatest luxury of all, especially with a good detective novel in hand.