The Old Clare
by: Caroline Clements
To launch The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook.
Me and my publisher.
Silvereye restaurant, where a simple breakfast is served.
Bathtub with a bedroom view.
A double basin (always better) with Triumph & Disaster soap and moisturizer.
A bag for random crap – The Old Clare’s odds and ends.
The downstairs living area of my two-story room with sofa, desk and lamps, including vintage motorcycle covers turned into desk lamps by British designer Paul Firbank (not pictured).
Colourful cushions – nice touches.
Rooftop lounges near bar and lap pool. High-rise neighbouring buildings.
Sunny heated rooftop lap pool.
The Clare Bar on the ground floor. A great spot for a refreshing local ale.
The lobby fit with vintage pieces and a photo booth.
Highs + Lows
Great location and striking fit out.
Maizon Balzac perfume penetrating the air conditioner for a tailored hotel scent.
I’m a sucker for a hotel with a lap pool.
Automata is not open for lunch!
Not enough stealable stuff – no toothpaste.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
A boutique inner city hotel in a heritage-listed building.
Refined industrial cool.
Very centrally located in Chippendale, right near Central Station.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Yes both. Rooftop lap pool has a bar too.
Yes, three! Silvereye on the second floor, which serves breakfast and dinner. Best new contemporary seasonal restaurant Automata (dinner only). Kensington Street Social, all day eatery.
Two bars. One on the roof near the pool, and one downstairs – a transformed pub style front bar with elegant finishes.
Yes with cold Melbourne Bitter tinnies and pre-batched Negronis.
Yes, it’s free.
Sure, why not.
Reasonably priced for Sydney and the location.
In the Area
26 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Right on Kensington Street’s strip of shops and cafes. Glider serves Single Origin Roasters coffee, Thai food and local spirits served from a cute Chippendale terrace.
Kopi-Tiam Spice Alley
Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
A group of four Asian street food eateries behind Glinder Coffee. Eat in the laneway on the outdoor tables.
White Rabbit Gallery
30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Just a few blocks up. One of Sydney’s most interesting, privately-owned art galleries focussing on contemporary Asian art.
The Old Clare
1 Kensington St, Sydney
Hotel Location: 1 Kensington St, Sydney