Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ Grand Suites Surpass All Expectations, says IRT Travel Advisor
London, England – The three brand-new Grand Suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express — named ‘Paris,’ ‘Venice,’ & ‘Istanbul’ — have just made their inaugural journey on the train, and I was lucky enough to be invited for the first grand unveiling.
The Suites surpassed my expectations in every way. All of the furnishings and finishings have been specially created, and no expense has been spared.
They are as functional as they are beautiful, with cleverly-hidden storage areas, heated bathroom floors and walls, full-length mirror and hairdryers — the first on the train. The beds even lift up to reveal large storage areas underneath.
‘Venice’ is luminous in rich blues and creams, with delicately antiqued mirrors and floral motifs.
‘Istanbul’ features ornate wood carvings, leather trim, and rich oranges and yellows in the upholstery and bathroom tile work.
And ‘Paris’ pays homage to the art deco movement with bold geometric lines and exotic tapestry work in greens and browns.
History buffs will be glad to know that the Suites maintain the 1920s feel of the train (while successfully ‘dialing up’ the level of opulence by a factor of 10). Rather than a piece apart, they are a natural addition to the existing Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.
Everything was custom-made for the suites — from the amazing tiles in the bathrooms to the marquetry and wood carvings and the gorgeous fabrics and finishings. Our CEO asked: “What will our clients say when they get on board their Grand Suite?”
My answer is easy: I think they’re going to love them. One is just as beautiful as the next. My favorite one was whichever one I was in at the moment.
I’ll follow up with a more thorough accounting of the Grand Suites and my experience on the train in several weeks. But if you are interested in booking a Grand Suite, please don’t wait. Demand has far outpaced projections, and the Suites are 75% sold out for the 2018 season.
If you are ready to book, or if you have questions, please call us at (800) 478-4881 or (502) 897-1725 if outside the US / Canada)
Or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to advising travel dates with availability and pricing—and all the many additional amenities afforded our Grand Suite guests.
Click here to a link to more info about the train, with all itineraries listed. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!
Rachel M. Hardy is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, and Virtuoso luxury travel advisor for The Society of International Railway Travelers®. She specializes in luxury rail and adventure in Europe, South America, Africa (rail & safaris) and Canada. She was the first advisor from the Americas invited to see the new Grand Suites on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Our agency is a proud member of Virtuoso and the exclusive Belmond Bellini Club.