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Pullman is a high-end, global brand of the Accor group. Designed for lifestyle and business travelers, the Pullman brand provides urban, laid-back five-star accommodations for guests in some of the world’s most vibrant cities. The new Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Hotel, which opened on October 1, is part of the msb Tamachi project, a joint undertaking of Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., and Tokyo Gas Company, Ltd.

To find out what the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Hotel offers and why it appeals to business and lifestyle travelers alike, The ACCJ Journal sat down with General Manager Darren Morrish.

CENTRAL ACCESS
Located in central Tokyo, the Pullman is just a hop away from many key transportation hubs. Nestled amid the beautiful greenery, just alongside JR Tamachi Station, the hotel is only eight minutes from Tokyo Station by train. And in spring 2020, a new yet-to-be-named station is scheduled to open between Shinagawa and Tamachi Stations on the Yamanote Line, making access to the city’s key areas even faster.

“It is actually much more central than most people think,” Morrish said.

Eateries and shops fill the surrounding area, and the new Tamachi Tower development continues to expand the offerings. “We are going to play a big part in building and creating a fun and lively place for not only locals, but many of those who are traveling in and out of Tamachi each day,” he added, speaking about the mixed-use neighborhood development that has a total floor area of more than 3,229,000 square feet (300,000 square meters).

SERVICES
The Pullman’s variety meets the needs of a wide range of visitors. “We have a mix of rooms offering baths and/or showers, as well as different bedding types catering to both business and leisure guests. Custom-made beds—specially crafted for the Pullman Hotel—are a key feature. All rooms come with Bluetooth Bose speakers, illy espresso machines, a compli­men­tary minibar, and the latest-model Panasonic tele­vision on which guests can access their own Netflix account as well as a wide range of international and local channels,” Morrish explained.

The facility also boasts various atmospheric establishments. Smart-casual restaurant Kasa serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an open kitchen, where guests can watch the chefs cook. “Kasa offers a very creative, Mediterranean-influenced menu with a Japanese twist. Our executive chef has come from standalone restaurants, so we offer a very different style of dining compared to most hotels.” Brunch is also available on weekends and holidays.

Platform 9, the rooftop bar, overlooks the tracks of Tamachi Station. “For our international guests, this is really something special—to sit and watch the Shinkansen pass by—as well as experience the hustle and bustle of eight active lines in operation below—while enjoying a signature cocktail created just for Pullman Tokyo.”

The Executive Lounge is an exclusive privilege for members of our Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program and guests staying on the executive floor or in executive suites. With complimentary snacks and drinks, the lounge has a relaxed atmosphere with views across Tokyo. The Fitness Center is also graced with floor to ceiling windows, well equipped with the latest cardiovascular and training machines, and is open 24/7. Guests can also enjoy the pool and many other amenities at the neighboring Minato-ku Health Center.

NEW CENTER
Tamachi is an area undergoing transformation, poised to become one of Tokyo’s most important hubs in this century.

“With the new linear Shinkansen coming in 2027, running between Shinagawa and Nagoya—as well as another new station on the Yamanote Line—the area could potentially become the key business center of Tokyo,” said Morrish.

“We have a number of small meeting rooms as well as the direct connection to Tamachi Station, which will house some major corporate clients later this year and early next year.” Easy access to Haneda airport also makes the Pullman the obvious relaxed and stylish alternative to some of the more mainstream hotels around Tokyo.