Staying cool by the pool

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo’s very popular outdoor pool, the Garden Pool will be open from July 19 through Sept. 7.

The pool is one of the largest of its kind in Tokyo and is nestled within the hotel’s renowned Japanese garden. Lush pine trees and other greenery surround the pool, giving customers the impression they are in a resort outside busy Tokyo.

On the upper terrace deck, the Outrigger restaurant will be open, serving a range of food items such as butter roasted lobster, beef curry from the hotel’s popular Satsuki restaurant and a variety of delicious cocktails. Also, a private cabana and exclusive premium chairs are also available for rental.

From July 25 through Sept. 6 (excluding Sunday), in the evenings from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the pool will be lit up and become a relaxing night pool called the O Lounge. The Outrigger restaurant will remain open and every weekday, live bartending or music performances will be held.

The daytime entrance fee is ¥12,000 per adult visitor and ¥5,000 in the evening.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is three minutes from Nagatacho or Akasaka-mitsuke stations. For more information or reservations, call 03-3265-1111, or visit www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo .

Evening drinks on the terrace

The Palace Hotel Tokyo, situated in the heart of the city near Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, is gearing up for the summer season and will start an evening unlimited drink plan called the “Summer Breeze Terrace at Marunouchi” in the popular terrace seating area of the Grand Kitchen restaurant, from July 22 to August 29.

The hotel’s all day Grand Kitchen restaurant serves up an eclectic array of American, French, Spanish and Italian foods with a touch of Japanese flavor. Just beyond the main dining room lies a scenic terrace next to the Imperial moat.

On the terrace, while enjoying the summer breeze, customers can enjoy unlimited drinks with a variety of choices coming with an appetizer set of tapas and tortilla chips.

The plan is available for groups of four or more people at ¥6,300 per person for two hours, including tax, but subject to a service charge. There are two seatings, with the first from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the second from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are required.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is eight minutes from JR Tokyo Station or two minutes from Tokyo Metro Otemachi Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3211-5364, or visit www.palacehoteltokyo.com .

Parisian pastries

Through July, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in the Shibuya area of Tokyo is holding its popular annual promotion featuring chef Laurent Jeannin, with innovative lunch and dinner courses at the Coucagno restaurant on the hotel’s 40th floor.

Jeannin, who won the Patissier of the Year Award in 2011, works at the Hotel Le Bristol Paris and is one of the most inventive patissiers in France. Jeannin has agreed to a technical tieup with the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel and every time he visits Japan, he introduces his new pastries to Tokyo.

Jeannin always tries to surprise people with his sweet creations, not only through flavors but also particular textures and visuals. Collaborating with the hotel’s executive chef Nobuhiko Fukuda, unique courses will be offered to please diners’ palates.

Three lunch courses are available starting at ¥6,800 per person, while the dinner course offers two levels and is available from ¥16,500 per person. Prices include tax and a service charge.

From July 14 to 16, Jeannin will be in the kitchen and will stop by each table to greet diners.

The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is five minutes from the West Exit of Shibuya Station. For more information or reservations, call 03-3476-3404 or visit www.ceruleantower-hotel.com .

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