If you'd asked me a few years ago what I thought of Chippendale, I'd have had to admit that, while I appreciate 18th century English baroque cabinetry, it's perhaps a tad too elaborate for my taste. Ask me today what I think of Chippendale, and the first thing that springs to mind is that inner-Sydney suburb now synonymous with urban cool.
When Peng Loh began scouting Sydney’s Chippendale neighborhood in 2011, it hardly looked like a good site for chic hotels and celebrity-chef restaurants. He spotted needles from drug users on the ground and run-down buildings covered in graffiti. But something about the derelict district appealed to him. As he puts it: “I can see the potential in neighborhoods.”
When you’re planning your next vacation and it comes time to choose a hotel, you’ll probably check out some reviews on TripAdvisor, see how close it is to the center of town, how big the rooms are, and if they offer breakfast . . . but it’s worth a deeper dive. Are the room’s views of the city epic? Does the guestroom design make you stop and take notice? Is the breakfast bordering on food porn? Essentially, how Instagram-worthy is it? Even if you’re not a devotee of the app, a hotel worthy of serious Insta-love is probably a sign that you’re in for a good stay.
So whether you’re just searching for a great hotel experience, or you’re after a boost in your Instagram likes, here are nine new or soon-to-open hotels that fit the bill:
Following a multi-million dollar overhaul, the famous Old Clare in Chippendale in Sydney's Inner West is new again. The heritage aspects have been retained in an imaginative refurb that now houses not only a funky 62-room 5 Star boutique hotel but one of Sydney's most avant-garde dining precincts in a single building.