Kate Atkinson

Claska Hotel

with Kate Atkinson
  • Where:Tokyo

  • Why:Vacation (And breaking my Nippon virginity).

  • When:April 2013

  • Who:My London-based gal pal/guru Rose & I.

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Highs & Lows

  • Dogman – A dog grooming salon, decked out with kitsch and crazy dark décor to boot, in the heart of hyperactive, neon, pulsing, vibing Tokyo - almost wished I was canine.

  • Do The Claska shop & gallery– Sickeningly trendy and helpful. Every intricate and handicrafted item you have ever wanted. Heaving with chopsticks, artisan Japanese bowls and fabrics, with some Aesop products and hipster pencil cases to boot.

  • Tokyo by Tokyo – Who doesn’t love a hotel with a paperback bespoke guidebook that shits all over Superfuture? Designed by in the know Tokyo hip squad, who know every damn back alley in the business.

  • Addition of a gym with WII interactive exercise tools would catapult this hotel to full marks.

  • Woulda loved an exhibition while I was there – but I’m really clutching at straws now.

  • Night room service delivery by Johnny Depp look alikes could help?

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Design Hotel and a dang trendy one at that.

  • Vibe

    Industrial & conceptual Japan minimalist cool.

  • Location

    In decidedly hip Meguro, nestled among the city’s coolest design stores and a hipster-well-heeled hood.

  • Rooms

    15 unique rooms and a little dog (grooming parlour) too!

  • Music

    Ambient & hip hop

  • Year Opened

    A revamp of what was originally Hotel Meguro in 2003 with an overhaul in 2008.

  • Designed By

    English design whizzes Tomato, with rooms by a gaggle of Japanese designers and up and comers.

  • Pool/Gym

    Zip and zilch.

  • Restaurant

    Claska Restaurant & Bar with varied seasonal menus with western fare. And Kiokuh – Japanese contemporary dining with banging brown rice and to nosh taunt your five senses. Healthy, quintessentially Japanese and oh so tasty.

  • Bar

    Yes, with a cocktail list Gatsby himself would be proud of.

  • Wifi


  • Children

    Bring them and leave them in the dog parlour for grooming.

  • Price

    Design hotel heaven that won’t empty your coin purse. And it ain’t no pretentious Park Hyatt either.

Japanese hawker street food heaven.


Japan, 〒150-0013 Tokyo, Shibuya, 恵比寿1丁目7−4

Japanese hawker street food heaven.

An Aladdin’s cave of furniture goodness.


Meguro Dori

An Aladdin’s cave of furniture goodness.

Whisky bar with matching records to boot.

Bar Track

3 Chome-24-9 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0011, Japan

Whisky bar with matching records to boot.

Claska Hotel

Japan, 〒152-0001 Tokyo, Meguro, Chuocho, 1−3−18

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