Prepare dinner for friends or co-workers, hold a cooking class, or simply enjoy a casual get together at the elegant kitchen space at HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka.
Let’s face it, Tokyo apartments are small. So small, in fact, that people tend not to host many parties or even dinners at home, preferring to eat out at restaurants. But this means you often end up having to sacrifice the comfort and intimacy of hosting a dinner party or drinks celebration in your own private space. As a solution to this dilemma, HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka has created an entertainment space that combines a state-of-the-art kitchen complete with dining area, and can be rented out by both guests and the public.
The “Kitchen Drinker,” as the space is quirkily named, fits in perfectly with the atmosphere the hotel has created since opening in March 2016. They’ve created a blend between smart business hotel and casual apartment-style accommodation, with several unique facilities included to allow visitors to work and socialize in one place.
Whether you’re in Tokyo on business and looking for a place to host a party for co-workers; you live in the city and want to arrange a small gathering with friends; or you’re searching for a spot to hold cooking classes, here’s why you should book in at the “Kitchen Drinker.”
You’ll Feel Like a Chef
If you long to prepare a meal in a kitchen space that looks like it’s straight out of a home décor magazine, then your dreams are about to come true. Here, you’ll have the luxury of being inside a custom-designed Bulthaup kitchen. This German brand is renowned for its innovative designs, which combine traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge manufacturing. You’re bound to feel inspired, whether you’re putting on an experimental cooking class, or you’re simply treating friends to a dinner of roast chicken and veg.
Picture yourself sipping a glass of Pinot Noir, slicing and dicing at the wooden kitchen island, while your guests gather around the open-plan room, snacking on hors d’oeuvres and waiting for the main course. Picture perfect, no?
You Don’t Actually Have to Cook
Even though the “Kitchen Drinker” is designed to make you feel at home, you’re also welcome to arrange professional catering. This is a great option for those who want to arrange a more formal occasion, or who don’t have time to plan and prepare a meal. If you’re imagining a sit-down dinner, the dining table has seating for eight, but it’s also possible to shift the table to the side and create a buffet-style meal.
To see how it all works in practice, Weekender recently hosted our very own party here, with food prepared by Ultimate Catering. Their exquisitely presented dishes included tasty platters of cold meats; creative skewers such as shrimp, olive and potato; and crostini topped with salmon and cream cheese. (For more information or to make enquiries, visit www.ultimatecatering.jp (Japanese only) or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
24-hour Coffee on Offer
No dinner would be complete without a cup of delicious coffee to round things off. Luckily, HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka has its very own café on the first floor, which stays open 24/7 and serves freshly brewed speciality coffee by Kyoto brand Unir. Simply pop down to the café to order your after-dinner espressos or lattes. And here’s a top tip: if you’re a guest at the hotel, you’re entitled to drink as many cups of coffee as you’d like – for free.
An After-party on Your Doorstep
As the evening flows and the party really gets going, you may want to head out for after-dinner drinks. Once again, HOTEL the M INNSOMNIA akasaka has thought of everything, even choosing their location to cater for those who like to work and socialize around the clock. The hotel is positioned in the center of Akasaka, one of Tokyo’s liveliest and most culturally rich neighborhoods, so you need only take a short walk to find the bustle. Now you know why they call it “the hotel that never sleeps.”
Rent the “Kitchen Drinker” Room
For non-guests, the space costs ¥29,000 (including tax and service fee) per four hours. For guests at the hotel, it’s half price. For more information, visit www.m-innsomnia or call 03 3568 3456.