The Old Clare Hotel


1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW
  • 1-2 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms

A brag-worthy sleep in a brewery-turned-boutique hotel

Property reviewed by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Friday, April 6, 2018

Unconventional, unexpected and undeniably cool: The Old Clare Hotel doesn’t follow the path of other boutique hotels and it is there where this impressive pile’s lure lies. In its heyday, the bones of the hotel spanned the heritage-listed buildings of The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building. It is this location that amps up the hotel’s cool clout. Rather than sitting pretty among the thongs of travellers flocking to Circular Quay and the like, the hotel is flanked by weaving laneways, hawker-style eateries and avant-garde galleries in Chippendale.

In the place of hops and brews, the brains behind The Old Clare created 62 design-driven rooms. Much like the hotel’s guests, no two suites are the same. And for return guests, that means no cookie-cutter experiences. Each room or suite has the standard kit – super size king bed, high ceilings and slick ensuites – but it is the one-of-a-kind designer furniture that makes these lairs truly bespoke. There are Rag and Bone men lamps in each room, and all of the namesake Clare Rooms has its own individual style and one even has original curved entrance; the Showroom Suites come fitted with restored timber bars and the marvellous C.U.B Suite is located in the old brewery’s boardroom, complete with original timber panelling and parquetry floors. Even the executive men’s washroom found its way into the design.

The Old Clare could easily have rested on its laurels when it came to the rest of the hotel. Happily, it didn’t and there is plenty of reason for guests to be tempted beyond their room’s door. Two acclaimed restaurants – Automata and Kensington Street Social – sate grumbling stomachs, and The Clare bar is a hole-in-the-wall drinking den for beers, cocktails and snacks. A guest-only rooftop pool is a jewel in the hotel’s crown and offers glimpses of Chippendale below. Wriggle into your activewear to use the gym, or take your workout at a cruisey pace by renting one of the hotel’s bikes to help you explore the neighbourhood.


  • Swimming pool
  • Bar/lounge
  • On-site restaurant/café
  • Gym
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries provided
  • Minibar
  • Internet
  • Cable TV
  • TV
  • Sound system
  • Kettle
  • Coffee machine
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Wheelchair access

Perfect for...

  • Couples
  • Unique
  • Luxury
  • Food & wine


Four minutes’ walk to White Rabbit Gallery. Four minutes’ cycle to Glebe Markets. Five minutes’ cycle to Powerhouse Museum. 18 minutes’ cycle to Royal Botanic Gardens. 20 minutes’ drive from Sydney Airport. 

Minimum night stay

1 night

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PAYMENT TERMS: Variable depending on chosen rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card which is valid on the day of arrival. Best Available Rates - Full payment is due 24 hours prior to arrival. Advance Purchase & Stay 2 Special Rates - Full payment due at time of booking. Credit Card Fees apply - 1.5%. CANCELLATION TERMS: Cancellation terms vary depending on chosen rate. Best Available Rates - 100% cancellation fee if cancelled inside 24 hours. Advance Purchase & Stay 2 Special - no changes/ cancellations/ refunds are permitted. We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

Check-in policy

Check in: 15:00
Check out: 11:00