Grand Hotelier

An Interview with James Sherwood

Jim Sherwood’s name is synonymous with bold business leadership. In the heady days after the Korean War, he revolutionized the shipping industry via his company Sea Containers, and then turned his eye to luxury hotels and trains as the founder of Orient Express, arguably the most luxurious hospitality collection in the world. In the effervescent interview below, he explains what makes a hotel great and shares his amazing and colorful stories.

Octavian Report: Can you tell us a bit about your background? What was your first experience with luxury hotels?

Jim Sherwood: I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in Berkeley, California, and in Bronxville, New York. My father was a patent …

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