The Hood For over a century, Chippendale was known as a half-square-mile nexus of iniquity. Today it's late-Victorian terraces are filling up with makers, bakers, artists and chefs, while Kensington Street is being reinvented as a "lifestyle" laneway à la Melbourne's.
The Heritage The hotel occupies two landmark buildings: the former Clare Hotel Pub (Functionalist style circa 1940) and Carlton & United Breweries HQ (late Oz-Victorian circa 1915); the former's bar was an infamous boozer in Chippendale's seedier days.
The Look Wall tiles, parquet floors, and the original moldings and beams were all meticulously under-restored by local architects Tonikin Zulaikha Greer. Mid-century chairs from ownder Loh Lik Peng's personal collection are found in nearly all 62 guest rooms.
The Food The Old Clare's trifectas of restaurants - Jason Atherton's Kensington Street Social, Silvereye (from ex-Noma sous chef Sam Miller), and Automata (from Momofuku Seiobo vet Clayton Wells) - have raised Chippendale's profile as much as the hotel has.