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Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

Shangri-La's first anniversary

In celebration of the first anniversary of its opening on March 2, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is offering two commemorative accommodation packages.

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The First Year Anniversary package, running until June 30, offers a deluxe room for two from ¥53,130 per night, including breakfast and a commemorative book — the hardcover Japanese translation of the novel "Lost Horizon," from which the name Shangri-La derives.

The literary classic written by James Hilton in 1933 is known worldwide, but its Japanese version is not currently in print. The hotel republished the Japanese version for its opening, and it is only available as an amenity in each guest room.

The Shangri-La Surprise package, available through May 31, offers a deluxe room for two from ¥49,665 per night and a Shangri-La Surprise envelope.

Guests choose an envelope from a lucky dip upon arrival that offers a chance to win prizes, including lunch for two at the hotel's Piacere Italian restaurant, afternoon tea for two at The Lobby Lounge, a spa treatment at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La, or room upgrades. One prize allows for an upgrade to an executive suite, which usually is ¥250,000 per night.

Prices include tax and service.

The hotel also plans to introduce commemorative menus from March 1 through May 31 at its restaurants and the spa.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo is a two-minute walk from Tokyo Station. Reservations can be made at www.shangri-la.com or by telephone at (03) 6739-7888.

Japanese-style room at East 21

Hotel East 21 Tokyo in Koto Ward, part of the Okura Hotels & Resorts brand, has introduced a new room incorporating Japanese elements.

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The "Sui" room, designed according to the concept of "Edo modern," creates the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese room — with the use of objects such as shoji and lamps with paper shades. These Japanese tastes blend with the modern comforts of a low bed and wood flooring.

From the 20th-floor bathroom, which has been fitted with a wooden tub, and from the bedroom, an expansive view takes in sights such as Tokyo's newest landmark — Tokyo Sky Tree — which is now under construction and is set to be Japan's tallest structure.

To commemorate the installation of Hotel East 21 Tokyo's newest room, which is named after the Japanese word for "chic" or "refined," a trial stay with breakfast is available at a special, discounted price, starting from ¥15,000 per person (double occupancy), through March 19.

The room's regular price is ¥51,975 per room (double occupancy), including service and tax.

The hotel is a seven-minute walk from Toyocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. For further information or reservations, call toll-free at (0120) 21-0521.



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