Caroline Clements

The Old Clare

Sydney

by: Caroline Clements

  • Why

    To launch The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook.

  • When

    November 2015

  • Who

    Me and my publisher.

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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.

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  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    A boutique inner city hotel in a heritage-listed building.

  • Vibe

    Refined industrial cool.

  • Location

    Very centrally located in Chippendale, right near Central Station.

  • Rooms

    62

  • Music

    Non-descript.

  • Year Opened

    2015

  • Designed By

    Tonkin Zulaikha Greer

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes both. Rooftop lap pool has a bar too.

  • Restaurant

    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.

  • Bar

    Two bars. One on the roof near the pool, and one downstairs – a transformed pub style front bar with elegant finishes.

  • Minibar

    Yes with cold Melbourne Bitter tinnies and pre-batched Negronis.

  • Wifi

    Yes, it’s free.

  • Children

    Sure, why not.

  • Price

    Reasonably priced for Sydney and the location.

In the Area

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.

Glider Coffee

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.

A group of four Asian street food eateries behind Glinder Coffee. Eat in the laneway on the outdoor tables.

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.

Just a few blocks up. One of Sydney’s most interesting, privately-owned art galleries focussing on contemporary Asian art.

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.

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The Old Clare

1 Kensington St, Sydney

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