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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
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom 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.


#31 of 204 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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Non-smoking rooms
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Grade: 100 out of 100
211Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
26Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
560Reviews11Q+A93Room tips
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ARose wrote a review Nov 2021
3 contributions
Pictures of rooms and suits are misleading, very expensive, questions will fall on deaf ears and you will be left feeling stressed and ripped off. The App for room service wasn't working and reception didn't answer our morning call for coffee, reverted to pod machine which was busted (see picture for creative tea bag strainer experiment) then we left to get a nice coffee! Definitely explore other boujee options.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Response from Timo Bures, General Manager at The Old Clare Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Hi M9850AVandreal, Thank you for staying and also thank you for the review. We do, of course, want all our guests to be happy, and we're always keen to hear feedback. I must admit that, in your case, we are a little flabbergasted: We have a smorgasbord of different rooms, which sometimes means, that not all rooms within all categories can be depicted on our website. However, the particular room you stayed in, is photographed and displayed in quite some detail on our site, I hence am uncertain how the photos are deemed to be misleading. In addition, while I greatly admire the MacGyver-esque inventiveness of building a filter coffee machine, both the room service app and the Nespresso machine in the room are working well. I tried both of them personally before writing back to you. I understand, we were not able to help with the desired complimentary upgrade request on check-in, and that this may have impacted how much you enjoyed your stay and this may have impacted the feedback too. All that said, I would truly appreciate to be able to assist better and would ask that you contact me, maybe via email, to allow me to help and to respond in a more adequate way. My best, Timo
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Vanessa M wrote a review Oct 2021
Sydney, Australia10 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favorite
My husband and I can’t remember a time when we have received better service at a hotel. Every member of the team at The Old Clare Hotel spoilt us and cared for us like old friends - from the moment we booked over the phone, to when they helped take our luggage to the car! They were super thoughtful, warm, friendly and at all times professional. The room was very comfortable and clean. We will absolutely stay again.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Timo Bures, General Manager at The Old Clare Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks Vanessa, So good to hear you enjoyed yourself and that the team were able to impress. They'll be stoked to read this. We are looking forward to your next stay. My best, Timo
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mjr2001 wrote a review Nov 2021
Sydney, Australia31 contributions36 helpful votes
Great to have a Sydney stay cation at this little gem of a hotel. Staff were all friendly and very welcoming. This hotel is a hidden gem located very close to the Sydney cbd. The room was fantastic, nice space with a beautiful open bathtub. Didn't eat at the hotel so can't comment what the food was like. As a marriott platinum member I recieved a lovely room upgrade and the 1000 arrival points.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Timo Bures, General Manager at The Old Clare Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello mjr2001, Thanks so much for staying and glad to see you clearly liked your time at The Old Clare. Hope to see you again soon. My best, Timo
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Libby McClelland wrote a review Jun 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our daughter got married in the hotel 25th June an the staff could not have done more to make the experience (just hours from lockdown) wonderful for her and her husband. Right from the beginning we got a little lost trying to find where to drive to the main door. No problems a wonderful staff member took charge and looked after the car, valet parking, so easy. My husband and I stayed in one of the loft rooms and it was fantastic. The room was clean and the bed was one of the most comfortable we have slept in. The bathroom toiletries smelt Devine would have bought a bottle of the body wash if it was for sale there, forgot to get the name of it. Live the style of the hotel rooms not your ordinary. A wonderful stay, thank you to the wonderful staff.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: We had he loft room but daughter stayed on first floor, both rooms were amazing
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Tanya wrote a review Jun 2021
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed here 2 weeks ago! What an amazing experience. Ollie at check-in warm and welcoming helpful. My room was amazing a bath in the middle of the room, great decor, bose speaker, soundproof. Well-thought-out rooms with cool design elements. Triumph & Diaster bodywash divine! The hotel itself is C.O.O.L eclectic fit-out with a cool bar! Location is perfect @spicealley right beside the hotel. Highly recommend and will definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Trip type: Traveled on business
1 Helpful vote
Response from Old Clare, Marketing at The Old Clare Hotel
Responded Jun 21, 2021
Hey Tanya, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! So glad you enjoyed our freestanding bathtubs, bars and found the location convenient. We do also love our Ollie! All the best and hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Kim
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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 airport transportation?
Yes, The Old Clare Hotel offers airport transportation 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).