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.
- 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