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Orient-Express Hotels Ltd is a hotel and leisure company that operates high end hotels, cruise and train services around the world. As of 2012 it owns or partly owns more than 40 individual deluxe hotels, one restaurant, six tourist trains and two river cruise businesses in more than 22 countries worldwide.
The company derives its name from the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, acquired in 1977 by James Sherwood, its founder. This worldwide known train operates overnight service between London and Venice. The company also operates the Royal Scotsman train service, Northern Belle and 50 percent interest of PeruRail in Peru. It also operates the Afloat franchise in France and a river cruise on the Irrawaddy River in Central Burma. The company owns the 21 Club in New York City.
Among the European hotels it owns is the Hotel Cipriani in Venice (the company sold its 49 percent interest in the London branch of Harry's Bar in 2006). In 2008 it won a London court order against Cipriani S.A. ordering the company to discontinue using the Cipriani name in London because Orient-Express owns the Cipriani name.
In South America, it owns the famous Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco, Peru. It also owns the Miraflores Park Hotel and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. One of its recent hotels/acquisitions is the Hotel das Cataratas, located right next to the famous Iguazu Falls.
Orient-Express has added a new hotel to its portfolio with the opening of Palacio Nazarenas in Cusco, Peru. The all-suite, boutique property is welcoming visitors to the former 16th-century convent, which was immaculately restored over a period of four years. During the painstaking excavation process, architects and archaeologists uncovered a host of Inca treasures, including an original Inca sandal, which are now showcased at the hotel. The Library serves as a museum for all the artifacts discovered over the course of the four-year project, and each day a ‘Chit Chat’ session will be held where an expert shaman, sommelier, or historian will speak with guests about the history, art and culture of Cuzco. Original Inca walls that were discovered have been carefully preserved beneath the glass floors of treatment rooms at the Hypnôze spa. A stream running over them also creates a soothing sight for guests having a massage.
Hotels and restaurants accounted for 84% of revenue during the year ended December 31, 2006. Tourist trains and cruises accounted for 13% and the remaining 4% coming from “development activities.”
- Orient-Express Official Website
- Orient-Express Official Facebook Page
- Orient-Express Official Twitter
- Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Train
- Hotel Cipriani, Venice Italy
- Hotel Monasterio, Cusco Peru
- Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco Peru
- Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru
- Hotel Rio Sagrado, Urubamba, Peru
- The Road to Mandalay Cruise
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