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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 436 Reviews
Beautiful hotels and room, poor checkout experience
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic rooms - high ceilings, exposed brick, a big bath, beautifully furnished - great for a couples staycation in the city. Perfectly located next to Spice Alley food, and a short walk away from all public transport.
The two let-downs for me were:
1) when you pre-authorise a booking (the cost of the room + $100 possible incidentals) on checkout, cancel the original transaction, and clearly itemise the transactions that you're making for the checkout (one was for the room, the other was for the restaurant bill). It will make it less confusing and a more seamless checkout experience for customers.
2) Please don't email me the next day with $20 of minibar charge that I did not make, and then not bother to explain how the mistake was made in the first place. I appreciate that you refunded me, but the charge should not have existed in the first place.

So, all in all, definitely stay here if you like a nicely furnished and located hotel, just maybe take a photo of the minibar before you check out!

Also - there is a little bit of street noise as some rooms are on a major road.

Shiny on the outside but plenty of cracks beneath the surface...
Reviewed 3 days ago

the goods: great location, hotel is very hip (for younger guests), rooms are fairly new

the bads: staff surprisingly rude on a number of occasions, limited / no recognition for SPG benefits (e.g. no welcome drink/enhanced room offer - staff needed prompting, no late-check out), air-con was badly maintained (noisy), if you have a room facing kensington street it is very noisy at night, daily room clean is really just making up the bed (they do not replace bathroom amenities)

Overall - reasonable hardware but much to be improved on the software side of things and staff attitudes. I would not stay here again (particularly as they seem to not want to be a part of SPG even though they partially are - seemed bizarre).

Amazing staff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second visit. This hotel is very unique in every way. The staff truly cares. From check in to check out, the reception desk is always very helpful. Taxi , restaurant booking and anything you ask, the reply is always can do . The location and room is perfect for us. I love the old Clare.

Character hotel in a great area
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose this hotel as it was an area of Sydney that I hadn’t stayed in previously.

I was given a room on the ground floor. I liked the room, however as it was on the ground floor I did hear a bit of noise from the restaurant, and people leaving the bar. As others have mentioned, the bathroom is glass so it’s not ideal if you’re going with a friend, however I was staying on my own for business, so it wasn’t a problem.

I love the design of the hotel, it’s such a refreshing change from the cookie cutter style hotels that lack character. The bar was great, it had the feeling of a traditional Aussie pub but modernised.

The hotel is in a good area with lots of bars and restaurants in the vicinity. It’s also close to central station.

All staff I encountered were friendly.

I’ll definitely be back!

Hidden Gem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How good is this place. Rock up early and the room is available, oh but not the room I booked oh no an upgraded room.....nice start!

The rooms are beautiful, bathroom great, small lounge (downstairs), good work space, and the beds were supper comfy.

I’m not sure if this part of Sydney is generally a quiet part but I slept like a baby, couldn’t hear a thing.

There is a bar down stairs for a drink which is Sydney 1970 all over again and the precinct is full of great places to eat, from a burger to a Michelin Star meal.

Staff were fantastic, I couldn’t recommend this place any higher, great stay.