Snack maker Lotte Co. has announced it is opening a hotel in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on April 6, including rooms featuring its Koara no Maachi (Koala's March) cookie snack mascot.
Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho will also house a chocolate cafe and a Korean restaurant owned by Bae Yong Joon, who rose to fame in Japan playing the lead in the popular drama "Winter Sonata."
The hotel, the first in Japan for the South Korean company, will have 213 rooms, ranging in price from ¥13,750 to ¥36,950.
Located in eastern Tokyo near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena, the hotel is also expected to draw tourists eager to take in Tokyo Sky Tree, which is slated to replace Tokyo Tower as a radio and TV transmission site in 2012.
In its press release, Lotte noted that some of the rooms have a view of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.
Lotte also operates hotels in Seoul, other South Korean cities and Moscow, according to the firm's Web site.
Snack shack: Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho in Tokyo's Sumida Ward is set to open in April. COURTESY OF LOTTE CO. ================================
source: Nikkei Report / tomato
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lotte Co. said Tuesday it will open its first domestic hotel in Tokyo in April.
The maker of sweets and foodstuffs operates six hotels in South Korea, but none in Japan. Located near JR Kinshicho Station, the new hotel will have 213 guest rooms.
Single rooms will cost between 13,750 yen and 14,800 yen a night. The 19-story facility with two underground floors does not have a large ball room and will target mainly tourists and business travelers.
In order to give guests a unique experience, Lotte intends to use the character in its Koala's March cookie snack to decorate some rooms.