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Springtime French courses; Grand Hyatt renewal; Tokyo Prince Hotel shochu fair

Luxury French courses for spring

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo’s luxurious French restaurant, La Tour d’Argent, will offer special springtime courses from April 24 to May 28.

The courses feature spring foods on the theme of the goddess of flowers, Flora (Flore in French), and palatial Versailles. La Tour d’Argent is collaborating with two Japanese artists — interior design coordinator Aqui Akishino and flower designer Kazuo Hasegawa — to offer diners exquisite French dishes amid exclusive, elegant table settings.

For lunch, available April 24 through May 5, three courses (¥7,500, ¥13,000 and ¥16,000) are available. The ¥13,000 course, called Fontaine de Latone, offers five dishes, such as scallop tartare with French white asparagus and L’Orangerie-style duckling with New World spices, with coffee and petits fours.

For dinner, available April 24 through May 28, two courses (¥18,000 and ¥25,000) are offered. The ¥18,000 course, called Grand Trianon, offers five dishes, such as Garden of Versailles-style vegetable mosaic with shrimps and roast duckling Marco Polo, with coffee and petits fours.

Prices include tax but exclude a service charge.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nagatacho or Akasaka-Mitsuke stations. For more information or reservations, call (03) 3239-3111 or visit www.newotani.co.jp/en/tokyo .

New Grand Hyatt rooms available

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo has been undertaking a project to renovate its 387 guest rooms and suites, which is due for completion in spring 2014.

By commissioning DAS Concepts Inc., the original designer of the hotel’s guest rooms and public areas, for the renovation project, the hotel is seeking to maintain its original warmth and ambience. The design concept will focus on Japanese aesthetics, comfort, functionality and enhanced in-room connectivity.

Guests will have the convenience of plugging in their portable electronic devices with faster Wi-Fi connectivity, while spacious bathrooms providing relaxation and comfort are upgraded with LED mirrors. In some of the hotel’s suites, table lamps by renowned Danish lighting solutions brand Louis Poulsen and the latest Bang & Olufsen wireless music systems have been installed.

More than half of the project has so far been completed and these new rooms are available now.

The Grand Hyatt Tokyo is about a 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya and Toei Oedo lines. For more information, visit tokyo.grand.hyatt.com .

Shochu fair at Tokyo Prince Hotel

In collaboration with Kagoshima Prefecture, the Tokyo Prince Hotel in the Shibakoen district of Minato Ward will hold its monthly fair featuring the prefecture’s famous Satsuma shochu at its Chinese restaurant, Marronnier, on April 26.

The event is being held to help promote Japanese alcohol, and the hotel will welcome three breweries from Kagoshima to introduce various shochu. Customers can enjoy tasting the beverages with the hotel’s Chinese dishes, featuring products from Kagoshima, and many ways of drinking shochu will be introduced by the breweries.

This is the second event in the series, held on the fourth Friday of every month.

The fair will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs ¥7,000 per person, including tax and a service charge. Reservations are required by April 25.

The Tokyo Prince Hotel is a 1-minute walk from Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line or a 7-minute walk from Daimon Station on the Toei Asakusa and Oedo lines. For more information, call (03) 3432-1111 or visit www.princehotels.co.jp/tokyo .