THE OLD CLARE HOTEL SYDNEY
The first thing you’ll notice upon arriving at The Old Clare Hotel is the fabulous tote bag that says ‘Random Piece of Crap’. It says a lot about the level of humor of the team behind this beautiful new hotel and I like it. The Old Clare Hotel is part of the Unlisted Collection, a collection of beautiful designed hotels such as The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai, Town Hall Hotel in London and Wanderlust in Singapore – plus a whole list of restaurants. The hotel is right next to One Central Park, the famous green building designed by Jean Nouvel and very close to Central Station.
The Old Clare Hotel now stands on a site where you could find The Clare Pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building for years. It was the place to go for beer so to say. The pub is still the beating heart of the building and around five o’clock it fills up with locals and guests who end the day with a drink. Pub crowd + cool interior = fantastic mix.
But this isn’t all. The Unlisted Collection is known for creating hotels with multiple functions under one roof – in a building with a rich history. At the Town Hall Hotel in London, you can try seasonal dishes at Corner Room or have a fine dining experience at Da Terra. At the Waterhouse at South Bund you can have a drink with a view on the rooftop or spend hours at Table no. 1. Actually, the problem is that you don’t want to get out of the hotel anymore. And that’s also the case at The Old Clare Hotel. British chef Jason Atherton runs the restaurant, Kensington Street Social. There’s a rooftop pool and bar that is a very happening place when the sun shines. And there’s the pub.
And then there are the rooms. 62 in total in various categories. I stayed in the Abercrombie Room with a lovely big bath and an incredible bed. Best described as a cloud you can sleep in. Other things I enjoyed were the soaps of Triumph and Disaster, the PS Lab lamp (lamp designer from Beirut we also spotted at The Jane in Antwerp) and the personal touch of a handwritten card showing all tips in the area. You’re close to Central Station but also to many restaurants and galleries in Chippendale. Brickfields is good for lunch and The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea for tea. In addition to the in-house restaurant you can also cross the street and visit Spice Alley, where you can order all kinds of Asian cuisine in a food cart setting. Very nice and tasty. If you go to Sydney, this is the hotel that makes you happy!
Check out: www.theoldclarehotel.com.au
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