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
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!
I have to admit that I wasn’t sure if we’d made the right decision wehen we first checked in to Claska. Yes, it could use with a coat of paint in some places. But it is very comfortable and most important for me, peacefully quiet with a lovely and helpful staff.
It’s conveniently located on a bus line but a little over a 10 minute walk to the closest train station. I didn’t mind the walk but one of the streets is actually very narrow and a little tight with fast cars.
The delightful breakfasts and fantastic little shop more than make up for any inconvenience.
The room was fine for us for a week’s stay but other travelers might find it cramped. There are only a few hangers so we kept most everything in suitcases during our stay.
I would stay there again.
To begin with, the staff couldn't have been nicer. Breakfast and dinner were fine. But that's where the compliments end. The room I stayed in - 707 - looked and felt VERY tired and worn at the edges. There was no wardrobe, no shelves, no draws - and as I planned to stay 3 weeks I wasn't planning to live out suitcases. No other rooms were available, so I moved out. The bathroom was tiny, which is okay as it's Japan, but there wasn't anywhere to put my toileteries. The wifi reception was lousy, it kept disconnecting. None of these are exceptional things to expect from a hotel. They won't see me back.
It's masquerading as a boutique cum design hotel, but it is neither. Belive me!
During my trip to Tokyo and Kyoto in May, I have to say this was the highlight of my trip. Room 506 is for a single or couple. The design was so delightful, and early morning and late night view of the skyline from the large window added a feeling of glamour. The bedding, thick towels, terry robe and yukata furnished make you feel very pampered. The restaurant is very classy with wonderful cuisine, so treat yourself to dine by the large window and enjoy the evening lights. The service was beyond my expectations. The desk staff welcomed me on arrival and sent me off on my return home with a complementary gift and a special sayonara that I will never forget. This hotel defines the words warmth and hospitality. I highly recommend and would give 8 stars if possible.
Stayed at Claska at the beginning and end of our holiday.
It's a beautiful, small, interesting hotel. Every time we stay I enjoy it more.
The area is around the hotel is really interesting. They have a beautiful shop that has lovely gifts. I think it was our 4th stay at Claska. It's a little further to travel into Tokyo from here, but worth it. It's not hard just catch a bus to Meguro Station and then you are on the Yamanote line, or you can catch the train at Gakugeidaigaku Station.