Claska Hotel, Meguro, Tokyo *****

Q: What is it? A: Probably one of the coolest hotels in the world. It just is. It’s also located a bit away from “central” Tokyo, (if there’s such a thing), probably affecting the price tag in a good way.

At the Claska two of the nine rooms come with large terraces. Keep in mind that you may not be able to use it much if visiting Tokyo during the chillier months of the year.

At the Claska two of the nine rooms come with large terraces. Keep in mind that you may not be able to use it much if visiting Tokyo during the chillier months of the year.

Interior of room #401 at the Claska. One of those that comes with a private terrace.

Interior of room #401 at the Claska. One of those that comes with a private terrace.

My first room at the Claska. Cool, comfy and to my suprise it did not break my piggy bank! If you manage to get a room the Claska may actually be an alternative if you’re on a budget.

My first room at the Claska. Cool, comfy and to my suprise it did not break my piggy bank! If you manage to get a room the Claska may actually be an alternative if you’re on a budget.

Seems like most Tokyo cabbies do not know about this hotel, so it helps to know what it looks like.

Seems like most Tokyo cabbies do not know about this hotel, so it helps to know what it looks like.

Again: Seems like most Tokyo cabbies do not know about this hotel, so it really helps to know what it looks like.

Again: Seems like most Tokyo cabbies do not know about this hotel, so it helps to know what it looks like.

It was raining when I got there. Not a good beginning.
I was grumpy. The rain had been pouring since I got off the Shinkansen. Clothes were soaked. Luggage a mess. I was as happy as a goth rocker. Entering the hotel and… whooosh! I was teleported into a warm and welcoming place with cool interor. It felt like coming home, (note for Swedish readers: Think Lydmar hotel with a friendly twist).

Only nine rooms…
Is it because the Claska only has nine rooms to offer hotel guests (the other are rented out per month as serviced apartments)? Is it because the Claska is located a few miles off the beaten path? Maybe it is because this is a very, very well managed hotel? When the staff are telling you that they are happy to have you as their guest, they genuinely sound like they mean it – and the staff are an incredible help to anybody who wants to book a table at the restaurants that count.

Cool, cosy and contemporary.
The interior design, by Shuwa Tei of Intentionallies, is cosy in an odd way – and at the same time it feels cool and very contemporary. And the hotel doesn’t come with hefty rates. Even the kitchen is doing a good job.So, any dents in the paintjob? Anything not being worthy the five stars? Well, maybe the Meguro location is somewhat an issue. It’s well outside the hunting grounds of shopping and nightlife. The cab rides are hardly going to kill you – but not many cab drivers are aware of the place – and that turns into a problem when there’s a language barrier. Apart from that tiny obstacle, this is the perfect place. One of the five best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. No doubt.

Claska
1-3-18 Chuo-Cho,
Meguro-ku,
Tokyo 152-0001
Japan

Tel +81-3-37198121

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2 comments

  1. Håkan can you please tell me which rooms have the terraces? Are these the more spendy rooms? Thanks!

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  2. Hi Jill,

    yes, there are two rooms that come with a terrace. It would be room # 401 (which is 46m² and has a terrace of 56m² – yep, larger than the room itself!). The more expensive alternative would be room # 402 (which is a whopping 123m² and has a terrace of 41m²).
    I stayed in # 401 – see the picture of the terrace above.

    All the best,

    :: h ::

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