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4.7 out of 5

"One of the best properties in the city! " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 20 Feb 2022

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in the heart of Sydney awaits you at The Old Clare Hotel. Within steps you'll find Kensington Street and Railway Square. Highlights at this Art Deco hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a poolside bar.

All 69 soundproofed rooms feature flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, in-room childcare, and espresso makers. Dining in is an option with 24-hour room service, and minibars provide refreshments. Pillowtop beds and premium bedding welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include bathrobes and slippers. Down comforters, free newspapers, and free local calls are also available.

The restaurant, Automata, is open for lunch and dinner. Clare Bar is the hotel's own bar, serving drinks along with light fare. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a gym, and a coffee shop/cafe. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 7:00 AM and 11:30 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Places within a short walk of this 5-star Chippendale hotel include University of Technology Sydney and Central Park.

Kent Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$231* Per night/room 20 Jun. - 21 Jun.

Mary O Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Connell Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Chippendale Loft

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Abercrombie Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Clare Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Old Clare Hotel ratings based on 83 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Old Clare Hotel

Everyone (61) Couples (16) Business (2) Family (4)
5 out of 5
One of the best properties in the city!

Posted by on 20 Feb. 2022

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 17 Jan. 2022

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5 out of 5
Fantastic modern renovation of a heritage property, with great rooms (with enormously high ceilings), great location near Central Station, very friendly and helpful staff and a great rooftop bar and pool. Great value for money. Extremely comfortable, with high-quality furnishings.

Posted by on 22 Dec. 2021

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5 out of 5
Felt like I was in Brooklyn. Amazing hotel experience.

Posted by on 3 Oct. 2021

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5 out of 5
The best hotel in Sydney for sure!!! Amazing rooms, epic rooftop, food is killer, drinks are killer and a really cool vibe.

Posted by on 15 Feb. 2021

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4 out of 5
Great location, amazing staff. The only issue is that it is a little noisy before midnight but that's what you'd expect from anywhere so close to the action. See-through shower was a little weird.

Posted by , from Sydney on 29 Jun. 2020

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5 out of 5
This place is just gorgeous. We only got to stay for one night but we have plans of staying there again very soon for a longer period of time to not only take in what the hotel has to offer but also the food, culture and atmosphere around the hotel. Our room was delicious! Very modern, very boutique. Cant wait to get back there, I give it 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up!!!!

Posted by , from Newcastle on 17 Feb. 2020

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 15 Feb. 2020

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5 out of 5
The staff were fantastic! Always smiling and willing to help. Our room was perfect and we wished we could stay longer. Fantastic position in the city.

Posted by on 13 Feb. 2020

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4 out of 5
I stayed in one of the Abercrombie rooms which was spacious and cosy at the same time. The bed was super comfy if you like a plush soft mattress. There’s a great little nespresso coffee machine and the bath is lush with great products from Triumph & Disaster. A1 Canteen is great for breakfast and if you’re heading out for dinner, make sure you visit Ester just around the corner. One of my favourite Sydney restaurants. My only negative is that the noise from the Kensington Street restaurants and bars is quite noisy. I had to get reception to send me up some earplugs, which they did so promptly. If you can, request a room on the Carlton St side or the back of the hotel.

Posted by , from Sydney on 8 Feb. 2020

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Property Features

The Old Clare Hotel offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/cafe. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a bar/lounge and a poolside bar. Public spaces have free WiFi. There are 3 meeting rooms available. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the luxury The Old Clare Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. This Art Deco Sydney hotel is smoke free.

  • 69 guestrooms or units
  • 5 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Built in 1911
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Library
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Bar by the pool
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Free WiFi
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Train station: Sydney Redfern Station (1.1 km / 0.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Central Light Rail Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Old Clare Hotel offers 69 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and espresso makers. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. 40-inch flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include bathrobes, slippers, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include safes and hair dryers. Microwaves, in-room massages, and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Microwave available
  • Espresso maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Clare Bar - This bar serves light fare only. Happy hour is offered.

Automata - This restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Reservations are required. Open select days.

The Rooftop at The Clare - This poolside rooftop bar serves light fare only. Open select days.

Late night fare is available from 24-hour room service.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at anytime

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 75.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-out is available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Number of children who can stay for free – 2
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • Security system
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually wrapped food options are available through room service
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global)


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between AUD 10 and AUD 35 per person (approximately)
  • Covered valet parking fee: AUD 70.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 75.0 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 1.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Old Clare Hotel Chippendale
  • Old Clare Hotel
  • Old Clare Chippendale
  • Old Clare

You should know

  • Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian Star Ratings Agency, Star Ratings Australia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.