Claska Hotel, Meguro [Closed]

Lovely design hotel in suburban Tokyo

Peter Lin
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Last updated: Jan 6, 2021

The Claska Hotel in Meguro is a unique hotel dedicated to contemporary design. Known as Tokyo's first boutique hotel, it is perfectly situated along Meguro Dori amongst vintage furniture and design stores and far from the fast-paced urban feel of central Tokyo.

The rooms are stylish and Japanese minimalist design prevails, with no two rooms exactly alike. There are four separate room categories: Japanese Modern, Tatami, Contemporary, and Weekly Residence. Three of the rooms (DIY rooms) are specifically designed by local Japanese designers. Rates start from ¥12,600 for a single room but may be as expensive as ¥98,000 for the top floor double rooms which have accompanying terraces. Rooms contain a TV, CD/DVD player, Ipod dock and a minibar. CDs and DVDs are available for guests at the front desk. Wi-Fi access is free.

Design is key in all parts of the hotel. There is a gallery and a design shop (Gallery Do) as well as a rooftop terrace that is used as an event space. Other design floors include a studio (3F) and a gallery space for exhibitions (8F). A pet grooming salon (Dogman) is located on the first floor. Custom-made bicycles can be rented by guests to explore the nearby hip Nakameguro designer district.

The hotel restaurant "Kiokuh" serves Japanese/European food with an emphasis on organic ingredients and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Japanese breakfast set may include a grilled fish, rice, pickles and miso soup and costs ¥1,200. There is a bar in the lobby as well. Hours of the restaurant are from 7:30 a.m. to bar closing at 2 a.m.

Despite the inconvenience of being less accessible from the main JR Yamanote Line, for a more local neighborhood experience, it is well worth the stay. There are only 20 rooms, making a reservation somewhat difficult to obtain, so advanced planning is essential.

Getting there

The Claska is located on Meguro-dori. The nearest station is Gakukei-Daigaku station on the Tokyu Toyoko line, which is about 10 minutes away on foot. A taxi from JR Meguro Station takes 10 minutes and will cost about ¥1,000.

Peter Lin

Peter Lin @peter.lin

I first visited Japan in 2001 and since then have returned many times. With the efficiency and reliability of its transportation, the graciousness of the people, and the dedication to quality in food and service, Japan has been my standard for modern travel convenience. Every return has remind...