$210 per night

Room2 guests
Tokyo, Japan
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It’s not easy to get a room at Claska — it’s got just twelve rooms, nine Western and three in traditional tatami style, and those twelve rooms are much in demand among the fashionable souls who populate Claska’s lobby scene. So it’s not out of lust for your money that we bring this fantastic hotel to your attention; it’s simply for the love of a well-made hotel.

And a well-made hotel it is — possibly the finest small hotel we have come across, and certainly one of the coolest. The Japanese culture has a way of seizing upon and then perfecting trends born elsewhere, so it is not surprising that the original Tokyo boutique hotel is possibly the definitive entry in the genre. The interior design is beyond cutting-edge, from the entryway by the English design firm Tomato to the rooms and lobby lounge by a motley crew of hip Japanese designers. Vestiges of the original New Meguro Hotel (sort of a Sixties jet-set business hotel) remain, adding an authenticity that elevates the interiors beyond mere set design. If you are a design groupie, the sort of person who knows and cares who Tomato are, or just the sort of person who appreciates the delightful absurdity of an upscale pet salon called Dogman (servicing Meguro’s pups since 2003), then this is the place for you.

Services are fairly minimal, in classic boutique style, though Claska’s lobby space is pitch-perfect, the kind of place the locals go out of their way to visit for all-day casual dining, drinks, and the occasional special event. We mean “out of their way” quite literally — thanks to its location in Meguro it’s rather less central than many of Tokyo’s other internationally known hotels. If you’re looking for that Lost in Translation experience, try the Park Hyatt in Shibuya or the Grand Hyatt at Roppongi Hills. Claska is a long taxi ride from these districts, and even the Meguro train station is not quite within easy walking distance.

But that’s the trade-off. This is simply a wonderful hotel, among our favorite city hotels in all the world, and the starting rates are low, ¥12,600 (around $120 US) for room 505, the most basic single room — though if you wish, you can pay Park Hyatt prices for rooms 401 and 402. So it’s only natural that the hotel should be booked solid for months in advance. If you manage to get a reservation, and you survive the trek to Meguro with your patience intact, we’re quite confident you won’t be disappointed.

Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Table Lighting, Night Stands, Recessed Lighting, Bench, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo  of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Bed, and Recessed Lighting. Photo 2 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bath Room, Full Shower, Whirlpool Tub, Wall Mount Sink, Alcove Tub, and Drop In Sink. Photo 3 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Table Lighting, Night Stands, Carpet Floor, Bed, Chair, and Ceiling Lighting. Photo 4 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Night Stands, Table Lighting, Bed, Medium Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, and Lamps. Claska Hotel in Tokyo, Japan Photo 5 of Claska Hotel

Claska Hotel in Tokyo, Japan

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Table Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Night Stands. Photo 6 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bed, Table Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Chair. Photo 7 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Table Lighting, Bed, Medium Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Night Stands. Photo 8 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Rug Floor, Table Lighting, and Bed. Photo 9 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Bath Room and Drop In Tub. Photo 10 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Chair, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of Claska Hotel
Modern home with Chair. Photo 12 of Claska Hotel

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