$222 per night

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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We’ve been fans of the Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng since the beginning. And we’ve also followed with great interest the continuing evolution of the Sydney hospitality scene. So when it comes to the Old Clare Hotel, we’re doubly hooked. Not only because Chippendale, just to the south of the central business district, could do with a stylish boutique hotel as a part of its continuing transformation, but because Peng, who’s made a career out of turning derelict historical properties into buzzing, contemporary boutique hotels, is just the man to do it.

He had help, of course. Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer are well known in Australia, and for good reason, as they’ve got a knack for putting existing, often industrial, spaces to new use. And you could do worse, for a canvas to work on, than the Art Deco Clare Hotel, which has been joined together with the Victorian-era Carlton United Breweries headquarters by enclosing the alleyway that ran between the two. The result is roughly one part lovingly preserved historical patina and one part ultra-modern, ultra-tasteful luxury, an impressive achievement and one that puts the Old Clare at the top of a lot of design junkies’ must-try lists.

They won’t be disappointed. Not only because Peng’s hotels have a history of delivering on their design promise with substantial comforts and a vibrant social life, but because of the work of a few talented local chefs as well. Sydney is undergoing something of a foodie explosion at the moment, and its two restaurants are headed by a superhero pair: Clayton Wells, a Momofuku alum, and Jason Atherton, a Michelin star winner who’s apparently in global-domination mode. It’ll put Chippendale on the map for future visitors to Sydney, and that’s more than you can expect most boutique hotels to do.

Text courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Night Stands, Medium Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Wall Lighting. Photo  of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Outdoor, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck. Photo 2 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. Photo 3 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Bath Room, Freestanding Tub, and Soaking Tub. Photo 4 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Living Room, Table, Chair, Rug Floor, Coffee Tables, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 5 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Chair, Pendant Lighting, Night Stands, Bed, Wall Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 6 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Exterior and Brick Siding Material. Photo 7 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Dining Room, Stools, Recessed Lighting, and Bar. Photo 8 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Lighting, Night Stands, Bed, and Chair. Photo 9 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Doors and Swing Door Type. Photo 10 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Floor, Freestanding Tub, Vessel Sink, and Marble Wall. Photo 11 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Wall Lighting, Night Stands, Pendant Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 12 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, and Table. Photo 13 of The Old Clare Hotel
Modern home with Staircase. Photo 14 of The Old Clare Hotel

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