The new Old Clare Hotel is roughly one part lovingly preserved historical patina and one part ultra-modern, ultra-tasteful luxury. It's an impressive achievement and one that puts the Old Clare at the top of many design junkies’ must-try lists.

The hotel is owned and managed by Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng. He has built quite a name for himself around the world by turning derelict historical properties into buzzing, contemporary boutique hotels. This one, in particular, is no exception and the entire canvas of the hotel manages to showcase and pay homage to the old industrial past of the area.

The Old Clare is made up of sixty-two rooms, including four larger suites. Each room features hardwood timber floors, modern designer furniture and have been styled mix of mid-century aesthetics, splashed with a bit of modern art-deco. Some of the rooms come with beautiful freestanding bathtubs which offer a grand sense of luxury and relaxation.

The hotel also has a stunning rooftop pool set on timber decking, which is a surprising rarity in Sydney these days, and we can certainly agree that its something the city needs more of.

Sydney is undergoing something of a foodie explosion at the moment, and the hotels two restaurants are headed by a superhero pair: Clayton Wells, a Momofuku alum, and Jason Atherton, a Michelin star winner. The Old Clare will certainly put Chippendale on the map for future visitors to Sydney, and that’s more than you can expect from most boutique hotels.

Facilities

  • 24-hour front desk 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning Air conditioning
  • Airport shuttle Airport shuttle
  • Bicycle Hire Bicycle Hire
  • Breakfast Breakfast
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Fitness centre Fitness centre
  • Parking (paid) Parking (paid)
  • Heating Heating
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Swimming pool Swimming pool
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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One of the hotel rooms featuring the old original walls
The sunning interior staircase
Most of the rooms are unique and make the most of the original building
Free standing bathtub
The glamorous bathroom
Some of the interior furnishings
Some of the hotels rooms come with a private lounge area
Some of the interior furnishings
The bar and restaurant
Another bar in the hotel
The outdoor swimming pool and rooftop
The restored old stairs

Location

Sandwiched between Cleveland Street and Broadway and a longtime favourite of the Sydney University crowd, Chippendale packs a lot of punch for a little, somewhat unknown corner of Sydney. The area has just welcomed the Central Park development to the old Carlton & United brewery site, which the Old Clare Hotel is centred in, and there’s increasingly tonnes of eating, drinking and art-watching to be done: hit up the always excellent White Rabbit Collection, Café Giulia and Brickfields.

How to get there

Located just a 10-minute walk from Sydney Central Station, you should have no trouble getting out and about from this hotel. The Train station connects directly to the Sydney International Airport and also has many daily services out to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and the South Coast and Highlands.

From the hotel its also a quick train or bus ride into the centre of Sydney where you can enjoy and explore all the sights and attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Address: 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney CBD, 2008 Sydney, Australia

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$152 /night
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