The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney

A new hotspot is shaking up the hotel scene with chic design, slick service and world-class chefs.


Step off the busy streets of inner-city Chippendale into the equally buzzy Clare Bar. Owner Loh Lik Peng’s love of eclectic chairs is evident here (alongside some show-stopper Hollywood film lamps). Throw in a backlit ’70s-style bar with mixologist Matt Fairhurst’s epic cocktail list and your night is sorted.


Chippendale is shaping up to be Sydney’s hippest suburb. Skip down the New York-style herringbone-paved Kensington Street to see heritage terraces and the lantern-strung street-food market Spice Alley. Don’t miss Glider for its smooth coffee served in ceramics by Liquorice Moon Studios.


A mix of vintage furniture, one-of-a-kind The Rag And Bone Man lamps and a smattering of smooth free-standing tubs fill the 62 sleek rooms, while the timber panelling and original bars in the Showroom Suites hint at The Old Clare’s former incarnation as part of Carlton & United Breweries. Shop the look at check-out with Eloise Rapp’s gorgeous textile designs (and follow her at @rapprapp for some serious Insta-inspiration).


Swim laps in The Old Clare’s stylish rooftop pool, stretch out on loungers or get your om on at a morning yoga session. And on those balmy nights, hit up the pool bar for a Miami Vice (that’s a frozen pina colada layered with strawberry daiquiri). Sunrise or sunset, this is the place to see and be seen.


Clayton Wells’ industrial-chic restaurant Automata is enough to sate your wildest epicurean dreams with a regularly changing five-course menu plus a bold beverage pairing (think cool, crisp sake matched with creamy stracciatella). Or try minimalistic Silvereye, where Noma alumnus Sam Miller combines traditional Scandinavian techniques, super-fresh produce and impeccable presentation, creating dishes like turnip cannoli with yuzu salt.

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