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“Claska Is Great, But Not Exactly Luxury” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Claska
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels / Ryokan in Meguro
Certificate of Excellence
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Claska Is Great, But Not Exactly Luxury”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2010

I stayed at Hotel Claska for 4 days in 2 different rooms, and they were night and day. Room 603 (a "weekly" room) was dingy, bare, and without charm, despite the quirky wall carvings. Carpet was stained, no closet or drawers, windows dirty, and overall I felt pretty depressed. Room 505 was its opposite: small but charming,with a lovely view and beautiful bed and bathroom. I'm not even sure how these two rooms could be in the same hotel.

That schizophrenia aside, the staff was fantastically kind and friendly, and the lobby with its bar and restaurant was great. The location is not ideal: it's an 18-minute hike to Meguro Station, which goes everywhere, and a 7-minute hike to another stop, which is on a more obscure line. Either way, it's out of the way, though in a bustling neighborhood in its own right. (And the area around Meguro Station hops.) I liked staying there and had a couple very nice meals based on recommendations from the Claska staff and my own explorations.

It's a matter of expectations. My guidebook described Claska as "the epitome of luxury," which isn't right at all. It's a charming (as long as you're not in 603) and quirky hotel and art gallery, with a wonderful staff, in a slightly inconvenient neighborhood.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2010

Ive stayed at Claska on 3 trips now and am always delighted by the friendly staff and comfortable rooms.

Directions: We bought a Suica card (like a UK Oyster card) which can be used on buses, trains, and even shops! Minimum top up is 1000 Yen, which can be topped up at Meguro Station. when you come out of the ticket gates at Meguro station, take the exit on the left. If you go up the short flight of stairs, you will see a few bus stops. Look for bus '01' - using your topped up Suica card, you then get off at stop 'SHIMIZU'. The stops are usually called out by the bus driver and the next stop is shown on the board toward the front of the bus.
Once you get off at 'Shimizu' stop, then walk approx 30 meters and cross the road, it will be on the right (next to a dog grooming store!).
From Claska to Meguro station is about a 30mins walk (medium pace) or more if you stop in the shops along the way.

The staff speak English very well and are very helpful in providing insight into local eateries and things to do and see.

Area has wonderful furniture stores. We loved 'MEISTER' where we purchased a light shade and loads of beautiful bowls and plates. (About a 15ins walk from Claska on the left hand side of road, and halfway to Meguro Station).

We stayed in room 502, and 402 previously. The beds are massive - enough room for both of us to sleep diagonally!! (though we arent exactly the tallest of people!)

LOVE IT HERE!!!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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sydney, aus
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150 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2010

Ok so it is a little out of the way but it's in a very cool spot and - if you're looking for a slice of the real Tokyo - you should stay here. Rooms are beautiful with great design features and gorgeous toiletries (I'm not normally one for hotel toiletries). The staff were wonderful and made some sensational restaurant recommendations. Stay here even if only for a night or two - it's worth the very minor inconvenience of a taxi ride from the station.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank marniemac
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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2010

Well-designed little hotel with a very helpful staff. It's located in a quiet area, about 10 minute walk to the train (a very charming walk through a district of bustling small shops with a cute little wine bar along the way and a grocery store right at the train station - very convenient.) Peaceful and sophisticated, with delicious breakfasts. The staff was solicitous and friendly. Very nice amenities including iPod docking stations, DVD's you can borrow from the front desk, bicycles, umbrellas, etc. Wonderful place that made me feel immediately comfortable and at home. Be sure to read the A to Z guide of hotel services printed on a placard located inside the desks -- it warms the heart.

Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
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Northern California
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29 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

Don't let the "suburban" location scare you away: This small boutique hotel is on a main thoroughfare with trains and subway a 10- to 20-minute walk (or 5-minute cab ride), and the rooms and staff will make you feel comfortable each day in this sprawling city with so many soul-less mega hotels. You're staying here for the comfort, the personality, the quiet-but-not-far-from-other-things angle. Loved the enormously sized and super-comfortable bed, excellent shower and bathroom with delicious guest amenites, and little touches like cotton kimons, hot-water kettle and tea supplies in the room. The hotel is situated on a street full of furniture stores/showrooms, cafes, and regular middle-class life with swarms of uniformed school kids and office workers rushing about in the middle of the day. The view is simple/suburban: a big city-bus parking hub across the street on one side, and tops of apartment buildings on the other sides, with Tokyo skyline in the distance... But you're not staying for the view. Don't even be fooled by the view of the hotel from the outside (I think it was trying for designer/mod, but looks sort of eastern-Europe-during-Cold-War). The restaurant on the ground floor had great food and service, and the front desk staff were always friendly, responsive, aiming to please. The biggest downside could be thin walls (or ceilings/floors?). Two in a neighboring room were loudly amorous late into one night, which meant we didn't get as much sleep as we'd wanted in our own great bed. Take time to check out the gallery/shop on another floor... or the rooftop terrace, which seems designed for private parties but was empty when we went up in the elevator -- thus enjoying a nice panoramic view of the area with no one else around.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravelinNic
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

The Claska is a place where you feel home despite its boutique nature. We had the most amazing stay and loved the fact that it is situated in a more residential area of Tokyo. After a day in the city, the 10 minutes walk from the train station to the hotel is just what you need to leave the madness behind and relax. The hotel’s ambiance and the staff will do the rest. We stayed in room 501 which was perfect in size and had great beds. We also ate at the hotel (breakfast and dinner) and loved it. Classy service and good food.

If you stay in Tokyo for more than a couple of nights, this is a great place to be. We will certainly stay there again

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dorikad31
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Zürich
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2010

The Claska is a really great place to stay. Maybe a little bit off the main area but with the train one can reach downtown really fast. It is in a quite neighborhood but it has some interesting individuell shops down the street. The Claska is a typicall boutique hotel. Every room is different and has its own flaire. I would really like to stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank l4zzie
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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
Hotel Style:
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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Also Known As:
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