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Hotel Highlights

  • Young, fashionable feel
  • Offbeat location
  • Lively bar and restaurant

Overview

At Claska hotel in Tokyo, there's a canine beauty salon downstairs, an arty rooftop event space upstairs and a holiday’s worth of distractions in between the two: a gallery and boutique, minimalist rooms, a lively bar and a fashionable restaurant.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Claska with us:

A half bottle of sparkling wine. GoldSmiths also get free breakfast throughout their stay.

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Claska

Free breakfast: 'suite stay plan'

Facilities

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Claska Hotel – Tokyo – Japan

Need To Know

Rooms

18, including two suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $187.23 (JPY19,000), excluding tax at 18.8 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of JPY200.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Breakfast is usually excluded; WiFi is free.

Also

Claska was designed by Tei Shuwa of Intentionalities and the British design firm Tomato, and was named Best Hotel at Wallpaper's inaugural design awards in 2004.

At the hotel

Gallery/design space and boutique, stash of CDs and DVDs for guests to dip into. In rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Marks & Web herbal bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a Japanese Modern Room or a Tatami Room. The former occupy the fourth and fifth floors and feature plenty of dark wood, a masculine brown colour scheme and graceful bespoke furniture. Tei Shuwa, who also designed the restaurant space and hotel exterior, is responsible for these rooms' good looks. Room 502 has an abundance of natural light; 402 is a vast space with a terrace, so you can pretend you've got your own Tokyo apartment. Tatami Rooms are on the cerulean-carpeted sixth floor, which has a communal chill-out lounge, and were designed by Kaname Okajima, with pretty paper lanterns and contemporary furniture. 604 is popular with Westerners, thanks to its huge bed.

Packing tips

Leave room in your case for design-conscious knick knacks from Do, Claska's gallery and shop. Pick up Asahi beer from one of the local vending machines to leave in your fridge, ready for in-room sushi feasts from nearby Chiyoda Sushi.

Also

Smokers, rejoice: all bedrooms are smoking rooms, and you can light up in the restaurant. Non-smokers, fear not: any whiff of smoke will be erased by staff before you arrive, and the restaurant is reserved for non-smokers at at certain times.

Children

This hotel is best suited to adults, but children can come too. Babysitting is available for JPY1,890 an hour; extra beds are JPY5,000 (plus service charge and tax), and there is a children’s lunch menu.

Pet‐friendly

Nope, despite Dogman, the dog-grooming salon downstairs.

Food & Drink

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Claska Hotel – Tokyo – Japan

Hotel Restaurant

Kiokuh (meaning 'memory') is the sleek white restaurant and bar by the lobby, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food fuses Japanese and Italian influences and ingredients: typical dishes include fritto misto with green-tea salt and Japanese citrus, and pizza with prosciutto and wasabina (a Japanese vegetable). Save some room for the Italian cheese plate and the interesting puddings: rosehip and hibiscus granita, for example, or apple mille-feuille with earl-grey gelato. 

 

Hotel Bar

Sit on one of the honey-coloured couches in the vast lobby bar and do the following things: order cockails, inhale a round or two of nibbles, admire the stylish locals and wink at the DJ. Claska holds monthly parties in its bar (often to mark new exhibitions and shows), resulting in two of our favourite things: late nights; free drinks. 

Last orders

The restaurant/bar stays open until 2am; order food until 1am and drinks ’til 1.30am. Breakfast is available between 7.30am and 11.30am; lunch is 11.30pm until 2.30pm and dinner is dished up between 6pm and 10pm.

Room service

Order food to your room between 7.30am and 1am. The full restaurant menu is available during the restaurant’s opening hours; lighter snacks after that.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Japanese denim; vintage frocks.

Top table

Stake out the two tables overlooking the street and DogMan and smirk at the canines being coiffed.

Local Guide

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Claska Hotel – Tokyo – Japan
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Explore Meguro and see how the locals live. This untouristy district is bursting with tiny independent boutiques and local eateries and everyone in the area seems to have a dog or a fixie bike (or both); borrow bikes from the hotel to blend in. The main drags are Meguro Street (Claska’s street), which is full of amazing furniture shops that will have you itching to redesign your living room. This street is part of MISC – Meguro Interior Shops Community – a collection of over 60 shops. Be sure to visit Chambre de Nimes (http://chambre.innocent.co.jp), Geographica and Acme Furniture for antique treasures. The other main street is the pedestrianised road en route to Gakugei-daigaku Station; here you’ll find plenty of little restaurants and shops with no other tourists in sight. Look out for the jewellery shop Galica, off on a little side street. From Gakugei-daigaku Station (a 12-minute walk), you can get a direct train to the shopping hubs of Shibuya and Shinjuku. Meguro Station is less than a 10-minute cab ride. If you want a romantic stroll, ask staff to point you in the direction of Rinshi-no-mori Park, Himonya Park and Meguro Canal.

 

Local restaurants

Chiyoda Sushi is a take-away sushi outpost that serves some of the freshest sushi and sashimi we’ve ever clapped teeth on. Take a box back to your room for a snack or a casual in-room dinner. You might not expect to eat Californian cuisine in Tokyo, but Indigo (+81 3 3710 3399; www.restaurant-indigo.co.jp) at 1-12-6 Chuo-cho, Meguro is well worth having a sushi-pause for. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at Wine Bar Indigo, just around the corner. Stop for delicious home-made noodles and fish and vegetables cooked in perfect tempura at Yukotu Soba. Sample Michelin-starred Japanese food at smart Kappou Suzuki (+81 3 3710 3696; www.kappou.jp) at 2-16-3 Takaban, Meguro, Tokyo.

 

 

 

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Metropolitan Meguro

Claska

1-3-18 , Chuo-cho , Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Greater Tokyo Area, 152-0001

The Meguro district isn’t in the city centre, but it’s well located for public transport, so you can get to the thick of things with a short taxi or train ride. On the plus side, the area is interesting, arty and allows you to live like a local.

Planes

Narita International Airport (www.narita-airport.jp) is the closest, 80km (a 90-minute drive) away. This airport serves as the main international hub for Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, as well as low-cost carriers Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan. Alternatively, Haneda Airport is a 40-minute drive away, and mainly handles domestic flights (www.haneda-airport.jp‎).

Trains

Meguro Station is just 1km away, a seven-minute drive. You can easily catch trains from here to Tokyo and other must-see cities (www.jreast.co.jp).

Automobiles

Not worth worrying about – it's easier to rely on public transport.

Reviews

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Claska Hotel – Tokyo – Japan

Anonymous review

by Barrie Barton , Subcultural strategist

This Mr and Mrs Smith are returning to Tokyo less than a year since their last visit. Why so soon? Because once Tokyo bites you, it’s hard not to be drawn back into the immense energy of a city that 37 million people call home and where cultures of all shapes and sizes constantly jostle for attention. On this trip, rather than gravitate towards the shiny steel, bright lights and flagship st…
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Claska

Anonymous review by Barrie Barton, Subcultural strategist

This Mr and Mrs Smith are returning to Tokyo less than a year since their last visit. Why so soon? Because once Tokyo bites you, it’s hard not to be drawn back into the immense energy of a city that 37 million people call home and where cultures of all shapes and sizes constantly jostle for attention.

On this trip, rather than gravitate towards the shiny steel, bright lights and flagship stores of Ginza or Shinjuku, we're keen to sample Tokyo’s more subtle and contemporary beauty. It’s a protean city where culture, crowds and trends move fast and, for the past five years, Tokyo’s definitively cool boutique retail and furniture design scene has been creeping down off the hills of Daikanyama into Nakameguro and Ebisu. Claska sits right at the apex of this new cultural hotspot and, as it was opened in 2004, is in many ways a forerunner to what are now considered to be the coolest suburbs to be in Tokyo. This will be our basecamp.

Designed by Tei Shuwa (from the legendary British design firm Tomato), Claska is an exceptional new version of an old hotel. It rises like a Rubik’s Cube above the low-slung surrounding neighbourhood, making it easy to spot for weary and disorientated guests. We’re palpably excited as we approach, which might explain why the taxi driver asks if we are on our honeymoon.

Though modern in design, the service at Claska has all the hallmarks of traditional Japanese hospitality. Bags are whisked away before you know it and the ever-cool and attentive Katsu Shimizu-san at the front desk makes the effort to prepare our room, despite the fact we are six hours early. We are ushered towards the lobby café, which serves salted caramel and banana jam from heaven and coffee that can spike the energy level of even the most exhausted tourist. We watch the adjacent dog grooming parlour go about its lucrative business of providing the neighbourhood’s treasured pooches with fashionable haircuts and manicures. It’s wild, ridiculous and fascinating – we are definitely in Tokyo!

After a walk through the local park, where we watch everyone from grandparents to kids (and some tame turtles) making the most of a hot summer day and cool waterfall, we return to Claska, where our Japanese Modern Room is waiting. The colours are cool chocolate-browns, off whites and indigo-blue, the materials natural and the ambience so refined and relaxing that the long-haul flight is already a distant memory. The Claska design philosophy is most obviously at play in the hotel bedrooms, which are beautifully composed. The room is a harmonious sum total of parts, where objects like our stunning tea set perch perfectly on the type of modernist furniture that you can buy up and down Meguro-ku. It is timeless and tranquil, but in no way boring or generic.

The next two days are nothing but a dream for the Smiths. We make the most of the Claska in-room menu, which is artfully illustrated and provides a humorous A-Z of products to enhance your stay: we borrow iPods with bespoke playlists to enjoy while exploring the neighbourhood, we drink quaalude tea at night to help us relax before sleep and we take in epic views of the city from a rooftop terrace that’s blissfully free of other people. Best of all, we commandeer Claska’s free 'tokyobikes', that put us within an easy 10-minute pedal of the great experiences featured on Claska’s 'Tokyo by Tokyo' iPhone app.

As always, the departure from a great hotel is bittersweet. The joy of knowing you’ve discovered something special is offset by the sorrow of having to leave. We soften the blow at Do, Claska’s gallery and shop, which is the perfect place to buy gifts for all the people you love back home. I walk out wearing ‘Shoes Like Pottery’, which have soles that are fired in a kiln. I’ve also managed to fill a large bag with ceramics, clothing and daruma dolls that confer good luck on the recipient. The storm outside is biblical, but the youthful and energetic Taka-san braves the tempest to hail us a cab, provides us with an umbrella and gives the ageing taxi driver direct instructions for our onward journey. Just like Claska itself, it’s the best of old and new Japan at play.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Claska's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great service, homely room that's much larger than most Tokyo accomodation, and the Tokyo Bikes available in the hotel.

Don’t expect

I would've liked better drapes to block out the light in the night, and quieter AC.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved it! It was peaceful in a busy city. The staff were helpful and pleasant. I loved waking up to a Brown Rice Tea and a view of the city. My personal favourite was the Claska breakfast, I would almost go all the way back to Japan just for that!

Don’t expect

There isn't really anything that could be improved apart from the music players in both of the rooms I stayed in didn't have an adaptor for the new generation iPhone so I couldn't plug in my iPhone5.

Rating: 10/10 stars