a sneak peek inside the Orient Express La Dolce Vita • Hotel Designs

Orient Express, the ‘artisan of travel since 1883, is making a statement with its latest train, designed by Dimorestudio, that will shelter a luxury design scheme that will feel distinctly modern. The train’s sumptuous decor will be applied to 12 deluxe cabins, 18 suites, one “La Dolce Vita” suite and a restaurant, and will boldly celebrate the arts and crafts, design, and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s.

Exterior of Orient Express

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The Orient Express La Dolce Vita –named in honour of “La Dolce Vita”, a fantastic period of history, to the artistic and cultural fervour of Italy in the 1960s – is a luxury project conceived by Arsenale S.p.A. and Orient Express, part of the Accor Group. As hospitality design concepts go, we are excited about this one!

Orient Express Lounge

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The train, which will welcome its first passengers in 2024, will cross Italy from north to south via six iconic itineraries. The itineraries have been designed to create exclusive travel experiences while revealing the jewels of Italy, from the wonders of the Alps to the paradisiacal beaches of the South, from the beauty of Venice to Rome or Palermo. As of 2024, the brand’s first hotels – Orient Express La Minerva in Rome and Orient Express Palazzo Donà Giovannelli in Venice – will welcome Orient Express La Dolce Vita passengers, and new routes with international destinations will be added.

In collaboration with the best international chefs and sommeliers, travellers will enjoy five-star service on board, discovering the treasures and excellence of the “Made in Italy” way, savouring its gastronomy and the finest Italian wines. At Rome Ostiense station, the lounge will welcome passengers, offering a selection of refreshments and providing advice and recommendations for an unforgettable journey.

With the support of Accor, the official hospitality partner of this project, and thanks to a partnership with Trenitalia – Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato – and the Fondazione FS Italiane, the new luxury train will invite passengers to travel along more than 16,000 km of railway lines – reminding them of the country’s historical treasures.

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