The word ‘hotel’ does not reflect the reality of Claska. There are the two floors of art gallery spaces. An edgy design store ‘Do’. A contemporary organic restaurant Kiokuh. A DJ bar with cocktails and music around the clock. The hippest dog grooming salon in town. Oh, and 13 guestrooms too. Claska, housed in a converted 1970s block, happily fails to conform to conventional hotel stereotypes and instead celebrates all things design-related with a few (impeccably styled) rooms thrown in on the side.
The décor of the interior is sleek, minimalist and contemporary with a distinct Japanese flavour. Three of the guestrooms are stark modern interpretations of traditional inn rooms, with tatami floors, futons and paper bubble lamps. DIY guestrooms have also been transformed by artists into experimental sleeping spaces – with one such result called ‘scar’ consisting of a room painstakingly filled with abandoned objects.
While its location among the second hand furniture stores of residential Meguro is off conventional tourist radar, it is a pilgrimage that design aficionados should be prepared to make. Just don’t call it a hotel.