What We Love
- Just 20 rooms keep service personal and the atmosphere intimate
- Beautiful contemporary French cuisine at the restaurant Kiokuh
- Sweeping views of Tokyo from the rooftop terrace
- The well-curated lifestyle shop DO, the place for cool and unique souvenirs
What To Know
- The hotel is is bit of a trek from central Tokyo—about 25 minutes by metro from Shibuya
- As in many Japanese hotels, there are smoking and non-smoking rooms; Tatami and Contemporary rooms are smoke-free
- Breakfast is not included in the rate
- Tokyobikes are available for rent
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Larger than average rooms in a posh residential neighborhood make this boutique hotel a favorite of Tokyo returnees
Tokyo hotel rooms are known for being tiny, but at Claska, even the singles are an ample 180 square feet, and the minimalist design—white walls, white linens, light-colored wood—keeps things airy. While rooms follow one of four design schemes courtesy of five local designers and architecture firms (book room 602 or 603 for a Wes Anderson vibe), it’d be a stretch to call this spot a design hotel. So why do guests keep coming back for second, third, even fourth stays? Amenities like Marks & Web bath products, cult botanical toiletries not available outside Japan, don’t hurt. Neither does house restaurant-pâtisserie-bar Kiokuh run by chef Hidemitsu Yuzawa, a French-trained Michelin-starred-kitchen veteran. Service is ubiquitously impeccable across Japan, but the staffers at Claska are genuinely warm and friendly. Itching to explore? Although a bit farther out than where most first-time tourists stay (it’ll take you around 30 minutes to get to Harajuku, for example), upscale Meguro doesn’t want for trendy places to eat and imbibe.
In the Area
Souvenir hunting?You don’t have to go far to find some excellent finds. The hotel’s concept shop DO has a smart selection of made-in-Japan clothing and accessories, home goods, and stationery. Stop by SML for contemporary Japanese ceramics and glassware. There are two small museums near the hotel, Meguro Museum of Art—modern Japanese and foreign artwork—and the great little Accessory Museum, exhibiting costume jewelry from 1850 onward and running jewelry-making classes. Tuck into tempura at Ten-Masa, soba at Sobaya Tsukigokogo, and cut-price sushi worthy of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand at Meguro Sushi Taichi.
How to Get There
Not really worthy of a four, but not a three either. It was our last night in Japan after a fabulous holiday enjoying the cherry blossom and our travel agent suggested this hotel as we like design/boutique places.
It was nice to be in what felt like a proper Tokyo suburb, and we found a lovely Indian restaurant for dinner nearby. The hotel restaurant was actually closed on the night we stayed so it’s a good job we didn’t want to eat in!
Our room was on the fifth floor, and was a good size with a massive bed. Decor was slightly odd, the furniture was obviously aiming at a 60s aesthetic but was really a bit cheap and shabby looking and not in great condition. Bizarrely, the bedside lamps were actually glued to the cabinet tops so they couldn’t be moved!
Nice Marks and Web toiletries, but the bathroom had an over-bath shower, not a separate unit.
Breakfast simple and nice, though we had to choose from a set menu which was a bit limiting.
The best thing about this hotel is the lovely view of Fuji which I discovered in the morning thanks to a clear sky. We went up to the roof terrace to get a better look and it was a fantastic final image of Japan before we set off for the airport.
So all in all, it was fine really, and we had been spoilt by previous hotels we’d stayed at in Japan. Slightly disappointed that the design element was a bit lacking. Especially in the lift - very Goodbye Lenin!
When you see the entrance lobby and rooms, you think you’re back in the 60s
Not surprising, while the hotel is in the middle of the furniture ( vintage) area, sold by small local shops.
The area is nice ( try the ramen resto coukie nearby), and above all, it is non touristic )
Staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
Wish Europe had the same hotels and attitude.
We checked in to the hotel on January 2nd and the rooms were in very poor condition with dirty walls and peeling paint in the bathrooms. The carpet was awful and overall it was in horrible condition. We immediately checked out and wet to stay at another hotel. They charged us for the night. It was one of our worst hotel experiences ever.
If you want to experience a local life and be part of a Tokyo mood, this is the best place! Here you are not on the tourist map but finally it strengths the feeling of a regular day in the fabulous Meguro area.
In the morning you meet real people, that goes to the train station like you could do if you were from here. You can eat in small very good restaurants around the hotel or better, you can have a diner at the hotel restaurant, Kiokuh where the Chef is amazing!
Not a tourist attraction place, but an authentic arty center, with amazing rooms, amazing gallery, amazing shop... a global place that gives an hart dimension to your trip in Japan...
You love it or not.... i definitely do love it!
Great hotel - somewhat quirky and unconventional in the design approach - but very functional and i appreciate someone has really given thought to details - loved the bathroom and minimalist look and feel in general. very cool is their shop on the second floor - it covered all my souvenir needs and more and even though i am generally skeptical about hotel restaurants - this one was a super relaxed cafe with a nice selection of wines, snacks and dishes!