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“Quirky, fun and different (in a good way!)”
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Claska
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels / Ryokan in Meguro
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Quirky, fun and different (in a good way!)”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed at the Claska for 2 nights in Feb 2014 during a delay getting out of Tokyo due to the heaviest snow in 45 years! We stumbled upon the Claska and I'm so glad we did! First of all, nothing in Tokyo is really "out of the way". Everything is on a train or subway line and Meguro is no exception. Literally minutes to Shibuya or anywhere else really. The other plus of staying in Meguro is there is the most wonderful little street that you stroll down between the Claska and the station which has fabulous restaurants (cheap not tourist Tokyo prices either!) and wonderful shopping - especially if you like quirky, arty or vintage style. We loved the location - they also have bicycles to ride which would be lovely in warm weather. We stayed in room 707 which is the Urban Warehouse room - full of quirky found items in a really cool style with round, porthole style windows which actually open to let the breeze in! On the ground floor is a beautiful lobby with a great bar and cafe and also an outdoor terrace which is really sunny - even in winter! The top floor is an amazing roof terrace - awesome views and fabulous on a sunny day :) There is also a dog grooming shop called Dogman adjacent to the hotel which we loved and you can watch the Japanese stylists trimming the cutest little poodles through a special window. Fantastic all round - thanks Masaya and your team :)

Room Tip: Rm 707 was cozy but not tiny. Great round windows which actually open!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

We stayed at the Claska for 6 nights over the new year period.

You will hear lots of comments about it being in the middle of no where, but its a 3 minute taxi ride to the main Tokyo line or a 10 minute walk through a lovely village type area to the local station that is 2 stops from the main line.

We choose this hotel as it seemed small and offered large rooms. We stayed on the 4th floor and there was 4 of us (2 young children). The staff were welcoming from the moment we walked in the door, to when the closed the taxi door for us as we left. The front desk helped in everything we needed and went as far as walking us to a local tempura restaurant to ensure we found our way there.

The room we had was large and the bed was what I would call a double king bed...that is it slept all four of us, comfortably, with plenty of space. There was a large outdoor courtyard that allowed the children to play in.

There seemed to be a mixed clientele and plenty of families with young children.

The cafe/restaurant offered a great breakfast and meals throughout the day and night.

We especially loved the relaxed atmosphere that allowed dogs in to the hotel and the dog saloon at the front of the hotel always brought a smile to our face when we saw pooches being pampered.

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo at the end of each day this is the hotel for you. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2014

The hotel takes pride in being one of tokyo's best boutique hotels. it received the prestigious wallpaper award in 2004. it has 20 rooms in total decorated by different interior designers.

The reception staff (Shinji and Katsu) were extremely helpful. The lounge was nicely decorated. but there many drawbacks linked to the hotel...
It has been ten years since claska received the wallpaper award and time has come for better maintenance and improvements.

First, the hotel is far from the train station. it is the middle of nowhere. either you take a taxi or you walk you walk for approximately 20 minutes to Megoru.

Second, the view from the rooms is terrible. they hotel is located in front of the bus terminal parking lot. basically, the moment you open the curtains of your room what you see is either buses parked in the lot or traffic because it is on the street. third, the street is noisy. if you are after a quiet night's sleep..forget it. there is constant traffic outside. fourth, the area where it is located is not particularly interesting for non-japanese tourists. the hotel is located near all the antique and furniture shops that bring stuff from Europe. so, if you are visiting from europe and you are after some local styles..forget it. you are trapped in french, danish, scandinavian antique shops. go to evisu instead to feel some Japanese hypster. My opinion is if you are curious about Claska go for a drink or for coffee but it its location and area make it unsuitable.

Tokyo has so much more to offer...

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

I love this place. We chose Claska because we wanted to live like a local and explore its neighborhood. The local train station is only 12mins walk away and the street leading to it has a wonderful community feel to it, lined with restaurants, small supermarkets and bars. It was close to Christmas when we were there and festive music was softly piped out the speakers along the street which gave it a lovely Christmas feel.
Along Meguro dori (street) there are plenty on vintage and Scandinavian furniture stores leading up to Meguro Station. It does take about 30mins to walk but this was what I found to be really pleasant and appealing. This is a great area if you're interested in boutique design furniture, antiques/vintage stores and a comforting quiet neighborhood. And I almost forget to mentioned Nakameguro which is only one train stop away on the local train, has the same appeal with boutique men's and women's fashion set along a canal lined with cherry blossom trees. Bliss!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Kyoto, Japan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2013

Claska has thankfully survived the "boutique" hotel trend. Your typical boutique hotel ages quickly and badly, and needs a complete facelift five years after opening. This hotel is still cool and stylish, if slightly worn. It's age gives it a lived-in charm, like an old leather jacket or comfy sweater. There is no scene at Claska, which makes for a much more pleasant stay than some of the trendier design hotels.
The staff is friendly and attractive. The food is really good, if a bit expensive. I recommend trying the traditional Japanese "Claska" breakfast and some of the micro brewery beers.
The gift shop on the second floor beats any hotel gift shop I've seen. It is thoughtfully stocked with lovely products from local designers. You can really get all your souvenirs for friends and family here before heading to the airport.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

I spent two weeks at Hotel Claska earlier this year, and was so glad I chose it for my first trip to Tokyo. It was the perfect location to return to, very centrally located near stations on the subway lines I used most. I was visiting galleries, museums, and all of the major/ typical tourist destinations. The staff were incredibly friendly and the restaurant was reasonably priced as well as delicious. I stayed in one of the Japanese Modern rooms, the bed was comfortable, there was enough space to spread out and do a bit of work, and to relax when I needed a break. The shower, bath, and bathroom were lovely and in great condition. Small signs of ware and tear on the building certainly but nothing too shabby at all. Meguro is not a famous tourist neighborhood but it is lively, and entertaining with many fun shops, restaurants, and bars.

Room Tip: I loved the Japanese Modern room!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

From reviews and recommendations .. I actually put a high expectation on claska. Upon arriving .. The check in was smooth , receptionist are friendly and helpful. Though I suppose to check in at 3pm but they managed to get me into room at 1:30pm. It was a nice gesture. If at others hotels in Japan early check in will require extra payment. Room wise .. The deco is unique however the amenities are very basic and the wallpaper and carpets are quite rundown. Room size is fine .. It was a okay room.. If they upgrade a little bit.. Ok sure nothing to fault this hotel. Paid the same amount as coco ueno but coco room are much modern and new. Perhaps I stay too many hotels .. I find this hotel a little rundown. But it still a okay hotel.. And the foods at kiokuh cafe is yummy but slightly expensive. Will I stay here again.. I don't think so.. Cos there are others Better options at similar price.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Claska
Address: 1-3-18 Chuocho, Meguro 152-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Tokyo Prefecture > Tokyo > Meguro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels / Ryokan in Meguro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Claska 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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