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Orient-Express Hotels' Windsor Court Was Fortunate - Plans
Re-opening on November 1, 2005; Expects Demand for
Accommodations from the Insurance and
Engineering Industries


NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 15, 2005 - The Windsor Court Hotel has announced that it will re-open on November 1, 2005.

"As New Orleans starts the challenging process of recovery, we felt it important to open as soon as possible.  The impact of events following the hurricane has been much greater than anybody initially expected, so we are keen to start providing a degree of normalcy to our staff and the community," said Simon Sherwood, President of Orient-Express Hotels. "The hotel at 300 Gravier Street has been an integral part of the city for over 25 years."

The Windsor Court was fortunate.  Over 80% percent of the rooms were undamaged. The hotel was not affected by flooding and was able to evacuate all guests and staff safely shortly after the storm.  The hotel's recovery and reconstruction team has already completed a thorough engineering review and
begun repairs.  City power has been restored and the hotel believes that potable water will follow in a matter of days.

"The hotel will open in stages from November 1st and the room inventory will increase as staffing levels are brought up," explained Dean Andrews, Vice President North America for Orient-Express Hotels.  "When the hotel re-opens, food, beverage and housekeeping services will be offered, with some initial
reduction in hours and menu selections.  The hotel is over 80 percent all suite accommodations with separate living room, dressing room and petite kitchen, which lends itself to a longer stay that we know is an immediate customer need."

The Windsor Court is already responding to initial demand for accommodations from the insurance and engineering industries as well as local corporate clients needing to re-open their businesses.  The hotel will also house a number of staff to ensure guest services are maintained at the property.

Also Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. appointed  Paul M. White as Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the company. He will replace James G. Struthers who has held the position since April 2000.

Mr James B. Sherwood, Chairman, said "I thank James Struthers on behalf of the board and the shareholders for his tremendous work over the last five years. During this period the company has been transformed by a steady stream of acquisitions in which he was deeply involved, including our investment in the Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg, earlier this year. We will be sad to lose him and we wish him well for the future." Struthers will be joining a private equity group based in California.

Simon Sherwood, President, said "I congratulate Paul White on his new role. It is a natural transition for Paul who was Financial Controller for Orient-Express Hotels for 7 years prior to spending the last few years gaining hands-on operating experience in his current role as Vice President - Hotels, Africa, Australia and South America. The combination of his financial background, his in-depth knowledge of our company and his line experience both as a hotel manager and Vice President make him an ideal candidate for the role."

Mr Sherwood added "James Struthers and Paul White plan a thirty day transfer period to ensure a smooth hand-over, so Paul White will formally take over the position of Chief Financial Officer in mid-October."

Paul M. White (ACMA) started his hotel career in the UK with Forte. He joined Orient-Express Hotels in 1991 and was the company's Financial Controller for seven years before becoming Director of Operations, Hotels, Africa, Australia & South America. He was appointed Vice President of the region in May 2000. Paul is 41 years old and lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises  is a hotel and leisure company providing luxury travel experiences for discerning travelers in areas of outstanding cultural, historic or recreational interest.


Orient Express Hotels Ltd.

Also See: Orient-Express' Windsor Court Hotel Hurricane Katrina Update / August 2005
Michael Smith, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency in Downtown New Orleans, Has Some Stories to Tell / September 2005

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