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Friday, Dec. 2, 2011
HOTELS & RESTAURANTS
Holiday cocktails with a tower view
The Bay View Sky Lounge on the 28th floor of the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is running a Christmas Cocktail Fair through Dec. 25.
The lounge is serving three special, original cocktails made for the Christmas season. Fluffy Snow (center) is a sweet, frozen cocktail using Mozart white chocolate liqueur blended with cacao, milk and cream. Whip Mozart Parfait (left) is a bitter cocktail using Mozart chocolate liqueur and coffee, and decorated with whipped cream. These cocktails are available for ¥1,680. The Jewelry Tree (right) uses Beefeater 24 premium gin shaken with fresh grapefruit juice and melon liqueur. It is available for ¥1,890.
In addition to these special cocktails, guests can enjoy the magnificent views of Yokohama, the bay and the Bay Bridge from the highest floor of the hotel. Also for the holiday season, the hotel is decorated with special Christmas illuminations.
The prices include tax but are subject to a 10 percent service charge and ¥2,000 cover charge (¥1,000 for hotel guests).
The Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers is a 1-minute walk from Yokohama Station. For more information and reservations, call (045) 411-1147 or visit www.yokohamabay-sheraton.co.jp.
1970s cakes get an Imperial encore
Since May, the Imperial Hotel Tokyo has been holding Sweets Oldies, a yearlong fair to celebrate the hotel shop Gargantua's 40th anniversary by offering two kinds of retro cakes every two months.
For the remainder of this month, the cakes are a chocolate pie and a gateau noisettes (hazelnut cake), both originally sold in 1971.
The chocolate pie had been very popular for its rich chocolate flavors and flaky pie crust since the shop opened. The chocolate mixed with fresh cream and custard offers a smooth and refined taste. It is available at ¥525, including tax.
The gateau noisettes offers the rich fragrance of hazelnuts from hazelnut power and butter cream, with the sponge cake portion soaked in a cherry liqueur. It is also available at ¥525, including tax.
Also, at the hotel's Rendez-Vous Lounge and Bar in the lobby, the cakes can be eaten as part of a set with coffee or tea at ¥1,890 including tax but subject to a service charge.
The Imperial Hotel Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Hibiya or Uchisaiwaicho stations, and a 5-minute walk from Yurakucho or Ginza stations. For further information, call (03) 3539-8045 or visit www.imperialhotel.co.jp.
Winter plan at Tokyo Dome Hotel
The Tokyo Dome Hotel by Korakuen in Bunkyo Ward is offering a special seasonal accommodation plan called Winter Special Days through Jan. 4.
The hotel is right next to the Tokyo Dome, a baseball stadium and concert venue. The area is part of the Tokyo Dome City entertainment facility where people can enjoy shopping as well as amusement park rides, or even relax at a spa.
After sampling the various entertainment options, people can stay at the hotel using the plan, which offers a 61 percent discount on 50 rooms per day.
Also, the plan allows breakfast, usually available at ¥2,310, including tax, to be added for ¥1,800, including tax. Plans that include breakfast are also available on specific days.
The plan without breakfast is available at ¥10,000 per person, including tax and a service charge.
The Tokyo Dome Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Suidobashi Station, or a 5-minute walk from Korakuen and Kasuga subway stations. For more information or reservations, call (03) 5805-2111 or visit www.tokyodome-hotels.co.jp.