My experience with Claska hotel began well in advance of actually staying there so on arrival on the very late evening of 16 October 2012, I was not surprised by the level of personalised service I had come to expect.
I had started emailing Claska on a semi regular basis a month to 6 weeks before arriving asking them to make restaurant reservations for me (not only in Tokyo but also in Osaka which they were only too happy to do) and also asking for advice and recommendations on a variety of of things. They were always prompt and informative with their replies and really looked after me. I always got the impression that they genuinely cared and that nothing was too much trouble.
I found the hotel to be quirky and artsy, great views from the roof : I believe that they sometimes hold yoga classes up there on certain days of the month. Unfortunately not while I stayed. The bar/restaurant area was small and cosy and had a great atmosphere at all times of the day : An eclectic mix of people ranging from families, to business people to foreign travellers etc. There was also a couple of shops which were great but pricey.
I stayed in one of the specially designed rooms for 1 person "Someone's Atelier" designed by Norihiko Terayama. While it was a small room (usual for Japanese standards), It was big enough for 1 person for a few nights. It was also quirky but generally had a good feeling about it if a little isolated. Amenities were excellent in the room and the unusual modular self contained bathroom was a surprise (Not for the tall, so beware : my 6ft4 partner would have found it difficult.). I personally found the bathroom to be cosy and adequate though no bench space to speak of, just a sink attached to the wall, toilet and shwr over deep square bath.
There was a TV, ipod dock,safe, kettle, tea - but it was still fairly basic just done in a nice way. I did find a little dust and a few hairs floating around on the desk plus an old receipt, so perhaps the housekeeping could have payed more attention to detail on this front, but to be honest, it didn't bother me too much.
I had originally planned to stay in one of the top rooms at Claska with my partner for a week but moved to another hotel due to dates so would have loved to have seen the quality of these rooms in comparison and for future reference. Going by the photos on the website and being there in person, I am sure they would have more than lived up to expectation.
I had really wanted to stay at Claska after reading about it and am glad that I had a few days by myself at the beginning of our trip so that I could experience it and the area. Its a 5 min cab ride from the Meguro station (JR rail pass holder station) and a delightful 20-30 minute lazy walk stopping here and there to browse the great retro/vintage and cool furniture stores along the way. I enjoyed Meguro immensely.
In conclusion, my stay with Claska was great and I would recommend it to all travellers. The service was the stand out feature of this hotel. A month later I was still in contact with Claska asking them to assist me with things which they did without hesitation. Great for the solo traveller and great for the romantic rendezvous if you can manage a higher end room. A pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CLASKA is facing at Meguro street in Tokyo, which commonly known as familiar hotel for a long time. It was corresponding to the start of the partnership, the hotel was drastically renovated, and newly opened, for Hotel, Dining cafe, Gallery shop and Studio. CLASKA is continuing to transmit Japanese appeal and culture to the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Claska Hotel Meguro
- Claska Tokyo/Meguro