Very Good 462 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 462 Reviews
Great unique hotel with much charm
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were very lucky to have 2 upgrades to two very unique suites. The first was a very large room that was an original room that was admin area of Carlton and United Brewery many years' ago. One whole wall was like a museum of shelves behind glass featuring a history of bottles and glasses in the original wooden joinery etc. The bed was enormous, as was the TV. Very large bathroom with freestanding bath, and large shower room. Alas this room was right on Kensington Street a very noisy street at night and especially Friday and Sunday nights. We couldn't sleep and the hotel was sympathetic - moving us to a loft room on the other side of the building - and this was perfect in every way. Helping us through all of this was a very helpful person at front desk - Charlie (Thank you!)

Good hotel
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a nice modern hotel. The rooms are good, the restaurant is great and the bar fun. The staff are great too, and very helpful. Overall it has a modern feel in a rustic old building. The interiors are architecture are great.

Love the service
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to stay in this hotel simply because of the smile and service of the staff. They know me and my car. My vehicle is a manual which is a little bit difficult to drive but the valet always received it with a smile and vigour. These kind of service is rare these days.

The ultimate in design and style
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you absolutely have to be in the CBD, this is the place to be. Have loved the area since I first stayed but it has grown and changed over the years; now the area includes a multitude of eateries around Kensington Street and Spice Alley, retail and theatre at Central Park and White Rabbit is only a few metres away.
The Old Clare itself is THE place to stay if you have the slightest interest in style and design - each room is spacious comfortable, design focussed and has its own art and character. The overall hotel has so many fascinating artifacts and is almost an art gallery in its own right.
While I love most of the rooms , the only one I would avoid is the Chippendale Loft which is upstairs downstairs with a few steps to traverse.
Appreciated the upgrade to the Mary O'Shea suite which is fascinating both for the space and design and the history of Mary O'Shea who was one of Chippendale's characters - worth googling to better understand what Chippendale was like before it became such a fashionable area.
This suite is perfect whether you are enjoying a foodie few days at Automata and A1 Canteen or needing a room that will also assist with business - luxurious and practical with a stylish separate room for meetings.
The hotel has a wonderful roof top pool although it is perhaps a bit too early to fully enjoy - Sydney at the weekend still had some elements of winter so dining at A1 had more interest than a cold swim.

Beautiful Hotel!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for the weekend for our anniversary. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. We stayed in the Chippendale Loft which was gorgeous, very stylish decor. We were surprised to find an Instant Polaroid camera in the room for us to use with film which was just great, a beautiful touch to help us remember our stay.
Great central location it wasn’t too far in a taxi or an Uber to get to where we wanted to go. Very pleased with the whole weekend!
We will most certainly be back. Thank you to all the staff who helped make our stay so memorable, a special thanks to the man that worked in the bar (we didn’t get his name) who went out of his way to make our drinks when a cocktail my husband wanted wasn’t on the menu he did his absolute best to recreate it for him which was just so nice! :)