Caroline Clements

The Old Clare

  • Where:
  • Why:To launch The Broadsheet Sydney Cookbook.
  • When:November 2015
  • Who:Me and my publisher.
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The Old Clare Silvereye restaurant, where a simple breakfast is served.

Silvereye restaurant, where a simple breakfast is served.

The Old Clare Bathtub with a bedroom view.

Bathtub with a bedroom view.

The Old Clare The bedroom.

The bedroom.

The Old Clare A double basin (always better) with Triumph & Disaster soap and moisturizer.

A double basin (always better) with Triumph & Disaster soap and moisturizer.

The Old Clare A bag for random crap – The Old Clare’s odds and ends.

A bag for random crap – The Old Clare’s odds and ends.

The Old Clare 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).

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).

The Old Clare Colourful cushions – nice touches.

Colourful cushions – nice touches.

The Old Clare Rooftop lounges near bar and lap pool. High-rise neighbouring buildings.

Rooftop lounges near bar and lap pool. High-rise neighbouring buildings.

The Old Clare Sunny heated rooftop lap pool.

Sunny heated rooftop lap pool.

The Old Clare The Clare Bar on the ground floor. A great spot for a refreshing local ale.

The Clare Bar on the ground floor. A great spot for a refreshing local ale.

The Old Clare The lobby fit with vintage pieces and a photo booth.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 43/50

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Sure, why not.

  • Price

    Reasonably priced for Sydney and the location.

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