Design lovers will have a lot to salivate over at his artist-centric spot. Though it’s not exactly in the middle of the city, that’s kind of the point, and there’s a lot to love. Rooms come in a variety of styles from contemporary to DIY and there are a host of original amenities to boot. Part hotel, part gallery, shop, and studio, Claska is a true home for the creative spirit in you.
Claska is known around Japan as a design studio and store making everything from modern furniture and ceramics to kitchen wares. The shop inside the hotel is a carefully curated store filled with Claska branded products and other high-design items.
Every room is designed differently, but they break down into four categories: Modern, Tatami, Contemporary, and DIY. Regardless of category, the rooms are spacious and sleek and often feature chic wooden furnishings and minimalist stylings.
There’s a great amenity menu at Claska. You can get anything for the room from your own planetarium to aromatic fragrances to CDs and DVDs.
Most rooms have shower/tub combos though some are shower only. Toto toilets are also standard. Fans of Marks & Web bath products will rejoice.
The minimalist lobby has hardwood floors and the hotel’s main restaurant and bar. There is one large square cushion to sit on where you can peruse a curated catalogue of books and magazines.
Head to the back left of the lobby/restaurant and peep through the circular windows. Just beyond you’ll see a dog-grooming studio with a never-ending supply of the cutest canines in town.
There’s no gym, but the hotel does have free bikes that are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Kiokuh is the only dining establishment at Claska and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving a mix of Japanese/French fusion cuisine.
There’s a bar in the back of Kiokuh serving a limited amount of items. You’re better off venturing off-site for other drinking options.
There's a rooftop terrace here that is a wooden deck space with big views of the city. When it warms up, you’ll find everything from movie nights to yoga sessions to picnic events up here.
The biggest drawback or asset (depending what you like) to Claska is that it’s in a quiet part of town, away from the chaos of the rest of the city. But that also means it’s a 15-minute walk to the nearest subway station.
If you walk towards the Gakugeidaigaku Subway Station, you’ll find a street that’s filled with restaurants, bars, and boutique shops. If you like cheap Japanese curry, then head over to CoCo Ichibanya (13-minute walk) for the goods. Ramen fans should check out Bigiya Ramen (13-minute walk).
You’ll also find a ton of bars near the Gakugeidaigaku Subway Station, like Sumibi To Wine (13-minute walk) with a solid selection of French, Italian, Australian, and Chilean varietals.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Boutique hotels have the distinct advantage of getting to know their guests and providing personalized service. Claska doesn’t disappoint on this count. But the best reason to come here is if you love design. All the rooms are unique and the hotel has a dedicated gallery with an ever-rotating array of exhibitions. The downside is that the hotel is far away from the main city centers, but artsy guests looking for some peace and quiet will think of that as a feature and not a bug.