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1 Kensington Street, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales 2008 Australia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#32 of 207 hotels in Sydney
Travelers' Choice
Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings – The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building – the 69 room boutique hotel has been constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the interesting features of both buildings.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Rooftop pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Wardrobe / closet
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
210Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
26Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
554Reviews11Q+A92Room tips
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Popular mentions
danielmX381QS wrote a review Apr 18
Singapore, Singapore21 contributions8 helpful votes
Although the hotel has good rooms it is very disorganised as regards bookings check in and checkout and benefits for bonvoy members. If your a Bonvoy member like me don’t expect any benefit to be acknowledged.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
Shefali Vyas wrote a review Aug 2020
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates31 contributions52 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
As you walk in - you can't help but take pictures of the super hipster and funky decor. Super high ceilings and unique rooms certainly stand out. The staff at the hotel make your experience in the city even better. My partner and I visited Sydney for the very first time and were full of questions - the hotel team did not disappoint. They provided us with the best recommendations, from fine dining to finding the best street side pot pies. Definitely will be visiting here again.
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Date of stay: December 2019
3 Helpful votes
Response from Timo Bures, General Manager at The Old Clare Hotel
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Hello shefalivyas, Thanks so much for staying and for the high praise for the team. Glad we could open up Sydney a little bit for you, no doubt there'll still be so much more to see when you visit next time. Be in touch, we'd love to have you back at the hotel. My best, Timo
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Sean D wrote a review Mar 2021
Bronte, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
Schmick, smart, stylish is all what The Old Clare is about. Well laid out room with plenty of style. And the Rooftop and bar with its cool beats is a hidden gem. A secret hideaway. The ladies on the front desk made sure my partners surprise bday getaway was special and nothing a bother. And Edison at the Rooftop bar just what’s needed for a place like that. Engaging, charismatic and welcoming and always looking after you. See you again Old Clare. Sean & Kylie!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Kate wrote a review Jan 2021
Rushcutters Bay4 contributions1 helpful vote
Booked for a one night staycay as a bit of a treat on a hot Sydney weekend but was a bit underwhelmed by the whole experience. Staff were nice enough. Connell room was fine, perhaps a little more basic than the trendy photos on the website would suggest. Pillows and bed was soft and saggy, almost like a waterbed (though I was told this is intentional and many guests enjoy it, fair enough). No robes in the room. Room was clean but hallway on our floor and particularly in front of our door was covered in crumbs and debris when we arrived. Was vacuumed by the late afternoon, but not sure why there were crumbs in front of our door when the rooms are supposedly being left unoccupied for 24 hours between guests (recommend checking with the hotel to confirm if this is important to you). My main disappointment was the pool area (the primary reason we paid $350 for one night's accom). A notice at the entrance to the hotel states that due to COVID only hotel guests will be allowed to use the hotel's amenities. This was definitely not the case, with two birthday parties totalling about 50 non-staying guests in the pool bar. I also watched a couple of girls arrive off the street with a box of vodka cruisers to enjoy. With the current 4sqm rule in Sydney significantly limiting capacity, it's worth taking into account the possibility you won't be able to use the pool as a paying hotel guest if the area reaches capacity with outside bookings and BYO randoms.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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793anne wrote a review Jan 2021
Sydney, Australia71 contributions31 helpful votes
We stayed one night and had such a fun time.The hotel is close to Central train station and easy to access by public transport.Wonderful to dine around Surry hills and Chippendale. Check in staff were helpful and housekeeping assisted us with our coffee making machine in our room quickly and without fuss. It was a 30 degrees plus January weekend and we took full advantage of the rooftop pool and bar.Such a friendly atmosphere and the bar staff Edison ,James and Dewan were professional and helpful .They did a great job ,as it was so hot for all the staff as they wearing masks. They brought drinks and food to people around the pool area. Our room was immaculate and modern,I especially loved watching tv in the huge tub. The plunge pool is shallow (waist height) and in full sun till about 2.30 pm.While people had children in the pool, it was very much a bar pool. I would definitely return.A wonderful couple /friends summer staycation spot. Thank you for a great stay.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Prebook a table on the roofpool/bar area on the weekend in summer.
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$124 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Clare Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Clare Hotel?
Nearby attractions include AussieYou Tours (0.3 miles), White Rabbit Gallery (0.2 miles), and Break The Code Plus (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Clare Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Old Clare Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Old Clare Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Old Clare Hotel?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Clare Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Platform 818, Mekong, and KOI Dessert Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Old Clare Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center and a rooftop pool during their stay.
Does The Old Clare Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Old Clare Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Old Clare Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Old Clare Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Old Clare Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chinese Garden of Friendship (0.5 miles), State Theatre (1.0 miles), and St. Mary's Cathedral (1.3 miles).