Very Good 506 Reviews
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  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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A stay at The Old Clare Hotel places you in the heart of Chippendale, steps from University of Technology Sydney and close to Darling Harbour. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House.


Make yourself at home in one of the 62 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk.

How to Get There

The Old Clare Hotel
1 Kensington Street
Chippendale, 2008 Australia


4.5 Very Good 506 Reviews
Bed painful - way too soft; overpriced
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hotel is in a lovely location in Sydney and has a stylish decor and a bar and restaurant attached, however - for the price they’re charging and the quality of the room I cannot recommend it.

I paid a premium but could not get any sleep as the bed was insanely soft. There was no form on the bed and I felt that I slept bent in half - and my back certainly felt the same in the morning.

The amenities in the room, options in room service are not worth the price they are charging. No matter how pretty the place is, I really need the basics to be met... like… an actual working bed.

hopeless service
Reviewed 6 days ago

My partner and I stayed here for 3nights. First impression of the (standard) room booked was that it was dark and small. The shower had a dank smell about it. There is no ventilation in the room at all. You cannot open windows. The shower alcove is completely transparent hence no privacy. I had emailed the hotel prior to staying to ask after their facilities, the email was never answered. We were disappointed to discover that the rooftop bar was closed due to a private party, this was not conveyed to us prior. We ordered room service breakfast one morning, I asked whether one of the meals was vegetarian as it was not clear on the menu, I was told it was., however it arrived soggy, in a box with plastic utensils complete with ham. It was on par with airline food. I also rang reception to enquire whether I could purchase an item from the room, the staff member had no idea and said they would call me back...they never did. The housekeeping dept did not clean the rooms until very late in the afternoon, we came back from one day at 3pm and the room had still not been cleaned and we had to wait downstairs until it had. The room never smelt fresh and the floors not particularly clean. I found long hairs on the blanket provided and on my last night I developed a red itchy rash from the bed linen. Obviously house keeping use some very harsh chemicals with washing their bed linen. On the whole I found the staff very amateur and in dire need of training... They just didn't seem to care.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Possibly one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed in asthetically & service wise. The managers were thoughtful enough to have left a cute memoir regarding my work travels and being away from my dog. They also left some dog toys for me to bring home to my dog. I found the gesture rather overwhelming. It’s in the heart of chopping ham and you can literally get to most places easily. Bondi Beach is a 20 minute drive. Sydney Harbour is 2 stops away from Central station. I’d definitely recommend staying here if you’re going to Sydney

Fabulous jewel in the inner city
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took advantage to stay here when doing the Muse Restaurant pop up! From our greeting at reception, our room 😍, the pool deck bar, dinner, breakfast & check out. The Old Clare is a MUST experience 10 out of 10. Needing an accessible room it was love love love from wheeling in onto the timber floors, the perfect height bed & the ease of the bathroom, it was without a doubt the best accessible room I’ve stayed in. The quality of the toiletries, the bars, the restaurant & breakfast were fabulous. We will be back. Throughly recommend 💜

An underwhelming hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

We were really looking forward to our stay at the Old Clare Hotel, but overall it did not deliver. No wow factor for the rooms which were small and lacked any warmth, the pool bar was booked out for a function from 5PM so no tables for hotel guests, lacklustre breakfast and traffic noise from the street below well into the night. For this price we have stayed in much better hotels in Sydney. We did have a friendly welcome on arrival.