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.
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.