Japan: Palace Hotel Tokyo to Open in May

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Palace Hotel Tokyo, due to open on May 17 following a US$1.2 billion dollar tip-to-toe rebuild, has begun accepting reservations for those eager to check out the new property.

The 23-story Leading Hotels of the World member features 290 rooms, including 12 suites and six categories of guest rooms. There are also eight multifunction rooms, with the main one holding capacity for up to 1,500 people. Those craving a bit of pampering can enjoy a range of French and Asian treatments at the Evian Spa, the first one in Japan.

The hotel also offers ten food and beverage outlets, including Japanese restaurant Wadakura, with a sushi outpost managed by Shinji Kanesaka, who is the mastermind behind the two-Michelin-star Sushi Kanesaka in Ginza; the French restaurant Crown, run as a collaboration with Patrick Henriroux, who operates the two-star La Pyramide in Vienna; and the Chinese restaurant Amber Palace, run by Chugoku Hanten, the group behind Tokyo’s two-star Fureika.

The hotel’s basement, which features 17 retail outlets, will connect the hotel with Otemachi subway station via an underground passage when it is completed in 2013.

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