Luxury Hotels

JAPAN – 4

Guillaume Paupy, above, is a long-time Hyatt hand and he is currently MD of Andaz Tokyo and the recently-opened Hotel Toronomon Hills, which is Unbound Collection by Hyatt. It’s an interesting duo, by Mori, who over several decades have been buying up yesterday’s houses to form a new area of Tokyo, Toronomon Hills.

The two hotels are essentially above Toronomon metro. The two are about 300 metres apart but reached via a pedestrian road bridge. The 164-room Andaz is established, and is more consumer-oriented, with proximity to retail and sensational wellness. Toronomon Hills, with 205 rooms from 29sq m up,  is aimed at more budget-conscious business travellers: rooms are smaller, rates are lower and convenience reigns.

Toronomon Hills’ designer, Space Copenhagen, has gone for off-white minimalism, with the only hint of colour an unframed partially-blue freeform mirrored blob, about 45cm high, hanging somewhere in each room. Some rooms are closet-free to give an illusion of space – Girlahead thinks the resulting wall-set clothes rail would be great for exercise pull-ups. All rooms have copies of Sergio Herman books.

The hotel has two standouts. One is that Herman, based in Antwerp, is overseeing all food – see a future article (Herman also opens in the renewed Grant Hyatt Singapore in September).  The open-plan kitchen is shown below.  The other great Toronomon Hills’ advantage is its 24/7 lounge, freely open to all hotel guests. It has snacks and beverages, and newspapers, plus showers, sleep rooms and lockers. Yes, what a boon for early arrivals and late check-outs (the only similarly well thought facility that Girlahead has seen is at One&Only Le St Géran in Mauritius).

No wonder M. Paupy looks so happy. He has a winner with this hotel.