Amenities for Muslim guests

Since opening in July 2012, the Agora Place Asakusa has welcomed guests from Japan and from around the world. To expand its cosmopolitan hospitality, the hotel has started providing amenities for Muslim guests.

Instead of adding facilities to its rooms, based on the “Style My Stay” concept, the hotel makes its rooms very simple and offers various amenities that guests can purchase or rent. So people can add and create the style of accommodation that suits them best.

To those amenities, the hotel has added facilities for Muslim guests such as a prayer mat, an iPad with an app that shows the direction of Mecca, and information on local restaurants and stores that offer halal foods.

The hotel’s staff have also been trained to appreciate and understand the needs of Muslim guests.

Agora Place Asakusa is a 1-minute walk from Tawaramachi Station (Ginza Line) or a 6-minute walk from Asakusa Station (Asakusa, Ginza and Skytree lines). For more information and reservations, call 03-3842-8421 or visit www.agoraplace-asakusa.com .

‘Sparkling’ menus by Tokyo Bay

Intercontinental Tokyo Bay Hotel is offering meals with a touch of romance at its all-day dining Chef’s Live Kitchen, through March 31, 2014.

The restaurant offers various dishes, including buffet-style desserts for lunch and dinner, and the chefs prepare and serve each dish in front of customers so they can enjoy fresh-from-the-oven meals.

During the promotion period, the hotel’s garden is lit up to provide a sparkling backdrop for diners. It will be illuminated for the dinner buffet from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

From Nov. 22, the restaurant will be adorned with Christmas decorations. Also, from Dec. 1, a Christmas buffet will serve turkey, roast beef and other special menus.

The dinner buffet is available at ¥5,700 per adult on weekdays (¥6,200 on weekends and holidays), including tax and a service charge.

The Intercontinental Tokyo Bay Hotel can be directly accessed from Takeshiba Station (Yurikamome Line). For more information and reservations, call 03-5404-2246 or visit www.interconti-tokyo.com .

Advance orders for Christmas cakes

The Gourmet Shop on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is accepting advance orders for Christmas cakes.

The shop is selling four types of cakes between Dec. 1 and 25.

Shuji Muto, the hotel’s executive pastry chef, will supervise the creation of the cakes.

Inspired by a landscape covered in powder-snow crystals, White Christmas is a cheesecake seasoned with mascarpone cheese and cinnamon-flavored sautéed apples.

The Bûche de Noël, shaped like a Christmas gift box with a red ribbon, is a chocolate mousse cake combining the Gourmet Shop’s original Mandarin Oriental Blend tea leaves-based cream and a chocolate mousse consisting of 70 percent cacao, all coated in chocolate.

The selection is completed by a Mont Blanc and a strawberry shortcake. The hotel boasts all the cakes are handmade with the finest ingredients.

The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, is adjacent to Mitsukoshimae Station (Ginza and Hanzomon lines) and Shin-Nihonbashi Station (Sobu Line ). For more information and reservations, call 0120-806-823.

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