The Old Clare Hotel
The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington Street
New South Wales Australia
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager:
Elodie got a Master In Hospitality Management and started her hospitality career with Orient Express Hotels Trains & cruises, in France, London and Australia. She’s joined The Old Clare in 2014, 1 year before its opening, setting up the Front Office & Guest Services departments before moving to Sales, where she held the positions of Business Development Manager, Head of Sales then Head of Sales and Events.
Elodie got promoted to General Manager of The Old Clare Hotel in October 2022.
5-star lifestyle boutique hotel.
The Old Clare Hotel
History & Story
The Old Clare Hotel is an adaptative conversion of the iconic Clare Hotel (pub) and former Carlton and United Breweries administration building into 69 accommodation rooms across a colorful palette of room types. No two rooms are the same and each of them retain original features, adding subtle contemporary touches and vintage mid-century furniture and accessories.
On January 13, 2020, The Old Clare Hotel opened seven new guest rooms, adding a new direction and more variety for guests. Previously used as the hotels event spaces and Silvereye restaurant, the light-filled north wing of the hotel welcomes a softer look, accentuating the art deco features of the former Clare hotel.
History is very important to The Old Clare Hotel, who never erase a layer of the venue’s history, but rather enhance these features, adding new stories to each room. In the new wing, the Black Butt timber floors, feature banquettes and Rag and Bone Mane lamps have been retained from former Silvereye restaurant. Original art deco pelmets have remained, housing soft green curtains that frame views of Kensington Street and Broadway depending on the room.
There is a near obsessive attention to detail that reflects the precision throughout the hotel, though remains unpretentious. For example, the Arietti bathroom stonework has been custom cut by hand to exactly fit each drastically different layout, and each bathroom features a cast iron bathtub, imported from Unlisted’s New Majestic Hotel in Singapore.
Of course, acknowledging the current day is of equal importance with bespoke lighting being a focus in each room. In one, a pendant light designed by John Chesterman mimics the design of The Clare bar just downstairs. LED lights automatically illuminate the access point for each room as guests approach.
Each room features king-size beds with the highest quality bedding and linen, art deco inspired custom cabinetry in American oak, vintage and mid-century furniture, curated minibars, complimentary WiFi, HD-IPTV supporting wireless streaming, and IP telephone for complimentary phone calls.
The new rooms have been an opportunity for The Old Clare to expand upon their partnerships with the Sydney community. Working with curators from Gene Sherman galleries, the new wing of the hotel has been curated with contemporary pieces by first nation and Australian artists.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The Old Clare Hotel brings a unique offering to the Sydney hotel market. Not only a place to stay but for curious travellers and locals alike, to entertain, enjoy and experience the cornerstone of Chippendale, a thriving, emerging Sydney suburb. Attention to details, personalisation, and a mix between the old and new with heritage features and design elements throughout the space.
Art galleries (White Rabbit, Pompom, Powerhouse Museum)
Dining scene, including the famous Spice Alley
Carriageworks farmer’s market
Located in Chippendale, vibrant neighbourhood of Sydney. Home to amazing art galleries, cafes and restaurants. Walking distance to Sydney CBD is 20 minutes and a 5 minutes’ walk to Central station.
• Number of suites: 11 Suites
8x Clare Suites:
Designed to impress, our eponymous suites are the embodiment of all our favourite attributes. Bright and elegant, they’re an invitation to relax and enjoy the view in and out. Always spacious and way above standard, with design features that’ll have you swoon over. Available in both our industrial heritage and new deco styles, there’s a Clare Suite to suit every personality.
1 x Showroom Suite:
Our Showroom Suite is quite the show-stopper. Infused with heritage, it features an original timber bar that has been salvaged and restored from the former brewery building. If walls could talk, this suite would definitely have good stories to tell. But since they can’t, we’ve created a great space for you to tell yours, surrounded by attentive vintage designer furniture and lamps, a super king sized bed and modern oversized bathroom; as if bathing in history wasn’t enough.
1 x Mary O’ Suite:
The Mary O’ Suite is one of a kind. Designed to spark inspiration and fill your stay with stimulating objects, it’s a space to explore where you can feed all your creative appetites. From the library to the separate entertaining and dining area for up to eight guests, a wet bar and sleeping quarters overlooking Kensington Street, the Mary O’ Suite offers ample space for a comfortable stay. It even features artwork from Gene Sherman’s private collection, making it a well-rounded feast.
1 x C.U.B Suite:
It doesn’t get much grander than our C.U.B. Suite. Behind those three little letters, hide over 100 square meters of rich history. Located in the former Carlton & United Breweries’ boardroom, the suite still features its original timber panelling, parquetry floors, cornices and even the restored executive men’s washroom. With spacious open plan sleeping quarters, ample meeting, living and dining space with an eight-seater table and an anteroom with a wet bar, there’s plenty of corners to explore in this bright and elegant beast.
• Number of Luxury rooms:
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 69
Peng, our owner, is a notorious chair collector. We have 126 different types of chairs in the hotel and mid-century & barber chairs are his weaknesses!
The rooms have been named after the different pubs that used to be in our vicinity and, for most of them, no longer exist (Connell, Abercrombie).
The Showroom Suite used to be a beer tasting room, back in the days, when the building was the Carlton & United Breweries Administration building.
Baby and children amenities.
Restaurants & Bars
• Clare Bar: Striking the balance between a chilled Aussie pub and a hotel bar, it’s a place to relax, have a drink and have a chat.
• Rooftop Bar: The Old Clare rooftop pool and bar was designed to be more than a space to forget about the day to day by looking down on the city.
• Longshore (opening April 2023): Longshore is a seafood driven modern Australian restaurant that focuses heavily on sustainability and local Australian produce.
• Kotuwa (opening Q4 2023) : Sri Lankan restaurant located on the ground floor of The Old Clare Hotel
• Rooftop pool
• Fitness centre
• Custom made bicycle for guests to borrow free of charge
Corporate & Celebrations events
• Meeting room (16 pax capacity)
• Meeting spaces (C.U.B suite, Showroom Suite)
Number of Employees