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It is virtually impossible to get a room at Claska — it’s got just twenty rooms, all much in demand among the fashionable souls who populate Claska’s lobby scene. So it’s not out of lust for your money that we bring this fantastic hotel to your attention; it is simply for the love of a well-made hotel.
And a well-made hotel it is — possibly the finest small hotel we have come across, and certainly the coolest. The Japanese culture has a way of seizing upon and then perfecting trends born elsewhere, so it is not surprising that the original Tokyo boutique hotel is possibly the definitive entry in the genre. The interior design is beyond cutting-edge, from the entryway by the English design firm Tomato, to the rooms and lobby lounge by a motley crew of hip Japanese designers, to the D.I.Y. rooms — not for you to do yourself, but done from bottom to top by three celebrated contemporary Japanese designers. Vestiges of the original New Meguro Hotel (sort of a Sixties jet-set business hotel) remain, adding an authenticity that elevates the interiors beyond mere set design. If you are a design groupie, or just the sort of person who appreciates the delightful absurdity of an upscale pet salon called Dogman (servicing Meguro’s pups since 2003), then this is the place for you.
Services are rather minimal, in classic boutique style, just as the nightlife is appropriately maximal — Claska’s lobby bar is pitch-perfect, the kind of place the locals go out of their way to visit — a surprisingly vast space with sleek modern furnishings and high ceilings, where DJs spin and drinkers drink until 2 a.m.
We mean “out of their way” somewhat literally — Meguro is not Tokyo’s most central or convenient neighborhood, and is definitely a bit off the main tourist drag. If you’re looking for that Lost in Translation experience, try the Park Hyatt in Shinjuku or the Grand Hyatt at Roppongi Hills. Claska is a longish taxi ride from these districts, and even the Meguro train station is not quite within easy walking distance.
But that’s the trade-off. This is a wonderful hotel, possibly our favorite city hotel in all the world, and the starting rates are low, ¥12,600 (around $120 US) for room 505, the most basic single room — though if you wish, you can pay Park Hyatt prices for rooms 401 and 402. So it’s only natural that the hotel should be booked solid for months in advance. If you manage to get a reservation, and you survive the trek to Meguro with your patience intact, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed.
Please note: This hotel offers both smoking and non-smoking rooms. If you have a preference, please indicate it in the special requests section during the booking process, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Construction crews will be working on the sixth floor 9 am to 6 pm daily, from January 13 through February 9. Guests may experience minor noise during these periods.
How to get there: From Narita Airport, Claska can be reached via the Narita Express train or the Keisei Skyliner to central Tokyo and the Yamanote line to Meguro, followed by a short bus or taxi ride or a healthy walk, a trip of approximately two hours in total.
- 20 Rooms
- Style: Cutting-Edge
- Atmosphere: Happening
- 130 Guest Reviews
- 1-3-18 Chuo-cho, Meguro-Ku
- Tokyo, Japan
- Neighborhood: Meguro
Hotel amenities and services
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- Babysitting (on request)
- Bicycle rentals nearby
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Luggage storage
- Multi-lingual staff
- Pet Friendly
- Room service