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Friday, March 19, 2010
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
French-flavored rooms for kids
Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay, a Tokyo Disney Resort partner hotel, opened its Kiddy Sweet concept rooms on its top floor on March 18, targeting families with children from ages 4 through 6.
The new concept evolved from the requests of guests who had used the hotel's Baby's Sweet rooms, which started in 2005 and targeted families with newborns through 3-year-olds.
The 48 Kiddy Sweet rooms on the 12th floor are specially designed to provide for the safety, security and hygiene of children, and they also feature items to help mothers relax and refresh. The rooms have cork flooring, a large living room, wide and low beds, furniture with rounded edges and bright lighting. Some rooms have more space in the bathrooms and curtains that divide the bedroom and living room.
The colorful interiors draw inspiration from a Parisian candy shop, creating a cheerful and warm atmosphere for children and parents to savor. The four room types are Mille-feuille, Chocolat, Eclair and Chiffon.
On the 12th floor there are also coin-operated laundry machines and the hotel's first Experience Room for Kids, offering a variety of activities. Check in and check out can be made at the exclusive Mama Salon on the 11th floor.
Rooms sleep up to five people. Prices range from ¥15,750 to ¥56,700 per room, double occupancy.
Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay is a one-minute walk from the north exit of Shin-Urayasu Station, a 17-minute train ride from Tokyo Station. For further information, call (047) 350-9111.
Sitting in the bar by the bay
Sky Bar Seafort Club on the 28th floor of Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort, located on Tennozu Isle and facing Tokyo Bay, is offering a special food and drink plan.
For those entering the bar before 7:30 p.m., the Sunset Plan offers two drinks of your choice — from the bar's selection of more than 20 beers, wines and cocktails — and two food items — from seven different dishes, including spaghetti, pilaf, pizza and vegetable sticks — for ¥2,980 instead of the usual ¥5,670.
Enjoy the sunset in a relaxed bar atmosphere with a commanding view of the bay from 100 meters up.
The plan is available through May 31, excluding Sundays, when the bar is closed. The bar is open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations are required.
Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort is connected to Tokyo Monorail's Tennozu Isle Station. For reservations, call (03) 5460-4629.
Private cherry-blossom viewing
The Hilton Tokyo will prepare a special party plan from March 20 to April 4 for those wanting to enjoy hanami, or cherry-blossom viewing, in a private, sophisticated setting.
The Private Ohanami Party Plan will help you have a hassle-free, elegant celebration on the terrace of the hotel's seventh-floor private lounge, with a table buffet featuring more than 20 items and unlimited drinks with butler service, under beautifully lighted cherry trees.
The party plan costs ¥10,000 per person and is available for groups of four or more between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required.
The Hilton Tokyo is a three-minute walk from Exit C8 of Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line or Tochomae Station on the Toei Oedo Line. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3344-5111.
Turkish buffet lands in Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka will hold a Turkish Food Fair, featuring chefs invited from its sister hotel Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul from March 26 through April 4.
Authentic Turkish cuisine, including shish kebab, hummus and baklava, will be served at the lunch and dinner buffet of the sixth-floor Cafe Swiss.
The lunch buffet, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., is ¥3,234 per adult and ¥1,963 per child (ages 4 to 12) on weekdays; ¥3,465 and ¥1,963, respectively, on weekends. The dinner buffet, between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., is ¥3,696 per adult and ¥1,963 per child on weekdays; ¥4,158 and ¥2,079, respectively, on weekends. All prices include tax and service charge.
The hotel's seasonal offer allowing one child per adult to dine for free at the buffet applies to the Turkish fair.
Swissotel Nankai Osaka is directly above Nankai Namba Station. For further information and reservations, call (06) 6646-1111.