The former Clare Hotel in Sydney’s Chippendale was a blue-collar-pub-turned-uni-bar, home to many hazy evenings during its years as a late-night hangout. Having undergone a huge facelift, the Old Clare Hotel re-opens its doors today as Sydney’s newest hip boutique hotel.
The hotel links two heritage listed buildings – the former Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building and the Clare Hotel pub – offering contemporary accommodation while retaining many of the buildings’ original features.
The fit out is vintage meets modern minimalism – think exposed walls, original large framed windows, unique vintage furniture, white marble bathrooms and even a bespoke scent created especially for the hotel by Maison Balzac.
The 62 rooms are each uniquely furnished with spacious high ceilings, ample natural light and polished wooden floors. Basically, it’s classy as hell.
To honour the location’s history as a drinking hole, The Clare bar adjoins the hotel reception offering punters a place to sink a beer or two in a relaxed setting.
Or hotel guests can take in the panoramic city views with a drink in hand at the rooftop pool and bar.
Three standalone restaurants will also open in the hotel, including Silvereye, open on September 22 and run by former Noma chef Sam Miller. A day spa is set to launch in early 2016.
The Old Clare Hotel which is part of the unconventional hotel brand the Unlisted Collection which has boutique hotel properties in Longon, Singapore and Shanghai. It’s located at 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale and you can book a room here.