The Old Clare Hotel

Sydney, Australia

Staking a stylish claim to Sydney’s Chippendale district, this Deco darling straddles two historic buildings – a former brewery, circa 1843, and a grungy pub – united by a triple-storey atrium. A hotel since 1939, its current guise comes courtesy of Loh Lik Peng, who charged hotshot architects TZG with revitalising the space in line with a wider regeneration project to the somewhat rough-around-the-edges neighbourhood back in 2015. The result remains simpatico to its heritage while adding edge: the curvaceous deco lines and period features are intact, and while each of the 69 rooms house oversized goose-down-clad beds, the spaces are individually dressed with mid-century furniture and a clever mélange of modern, vintage and reclaimed accents. This is a hotel with serious rough-luxe appeal. From artsy pop-ups to the food offering, everything here is centred on the locale. At Longshore, Jarrod Walsh and Dot Lee’s exciting tasting menus serve lip-smacking modern Australian fare, while the diner-style bar champions the region’s best libations. Seven storeys up, a convivial slip of a pool crowns it as the area’s buzzy creatives bustle beyond. Added bonus, the hotel’s a quick hop from Central Station, making it an ideal jumping off point for further exploration.

Key Information

  • Rooms: 69
  • Starting Rate: $156
  • Dining: Longshore
  • Drinking: Clare Bar
  • At the Hotel: Gym, pool, bike rental, book and record library, boutique, gallery, in-room massage, event space, late checkout, family friendly, pet friendly
  • 61282778277
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1 Kensington St, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2008