It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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Old Clare Hotel Sydney

The Opera House. Bondi Beach. The Harbour Bridge. You’ll see none of these from your room at the Old Clare. But if you’re staying at Sydney’s hippest new hotel, you’re more likely to care about being smack in the middle of a red-hot neighborhood—the fast-developing, gallery-packed Chippendale—than being close to the city’s well-trod attractions (which are all about a 15-minute drive away). As befits a brewery turned boutique hotel in an artsy part of town, there’s an almost aggressive edginess to the Clare. Prosaic Do Not Disturb signs, for instance, are swapped out for bold typography declaring i’m clean, i’m dirty, i’m busy, or i’m lonely. But the attitude is tempered by thoughtful details like goose-down duvets, ultrasoft merino blankets, and bathroom kits by cult skin-care brand Triumph & Disaster. And then there are the restaurants: three of Sydney’s best newcomers, with chefs hailing from Momofuku Seiobo, Noma, and London’s Pollen Street Social. 

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