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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Claska Tokyo: My New Favorite Designer Hotel

Sometimes, I like to do things a little different for new experiences. With my love for design and Japanese aesthetic sense, I chose Claska Hotel in Meguro for a change (I stayed in ANA Intercontinental last year near Roponggi Hills).  Having only twenty unique rooms, it seemed impossible to get a reservation last minute but with my luck, I was able to get a hold of room 704 - The "Plain" Room. 

Claska is probably one of the coolest hotels I have ever seen. It has an artsy vibe but it is far from being pretentious. In the 1960s, this used to be known as New Meguro Hotel. It was recently renovated with a crew of hip celebrated Japanese designers that retained the elements of the old hotel, adding to the authenticity of this place.

There is one drawback though. Claska Hotel is located in Meguro, a district that is not easily accessible from Central Tokyo. The nearest train station is a bit of a walk (around 15 minutes). It was a drag at first but I found that it was a good way to exercise while traveling. This was the trade-off for this boutique hotel experience in the city. 

Claska has a sleek and modern lobby.

It has a restaurant and bar named Kiokuh (means memory) that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Kiokuj serves Japanese Italian-Italian fusion cuisines. Nightlife is alive here, attracting mostly locals that want a "speakeasy" setup.
Our Room - 704. The Plain Room (23,000 Yen/ day)  - Minimalism at its finest. You need to take off your shoes before stepping inside the room. Your mind would feel clutter-free while staying here. It was liking living in a "MUJI" dream. 

Note: Be prepared for the sun in the morning. 
If available, pick a Tatami Room or Japanese Modern Room.
Photo from Claska.com
For Tokyo Standards, Claska has one of the most spacious rooms in Tokyo. 
Claska also has a rooftop with a 180 degree city view. Tokyo tower can be spotted from here. The rooftop is used as an event space. 
Sunset alert.

Claska's cutting edge interior design is sure to draw fashionable people who are looking for the contemporary Japanese hotels. Where else can you find a hotel with a canine beauty salon, gallery and boutique in Tokyo? At the end of the day, this boutique hotel will feel like your apartment in college that had a Do-it-yourself feel interiors but not really. Claska elevates it to a whole different level.


1-3-18 Chuo-cho, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

How to get there:
From Narita, take the Narita Express to Shinagawa Station. A cab can bring you from there. (Around 15 minutes)

For more information, Click http://claska.com/en/hotel/

Rooms start at 9,000 Yen.

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