The Old Clare Hotel

1 Kensington StreetSydney2008Australia
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About The Old Clare Hotel

Set across two heritage-listed buildings in the Sydney suburb of Chippenham, The Old Clare Hotel offers easy access to attractions such as Paddy’s Markets and Darling Harbour. A 24-hour Technogym and a rooftop pool and lounging deck are among the amenities available to guests.

This 62-room hotel offers seven different accommodation options - ranging from the standard Connell Rooms to upmarket suites and lofts. Amenities vary but include individual design, original features, marble bathrooms, smart TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

Facilities include meeting space for up to 16 delegates, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Additional conveniences include babysitting and currency exchange. Private parking attracts a fee.

On-site dining comes courtesy of the Kensington Street Social and Automata. Guests can also enjoy room service or a drink in the Clare Bar.

The Old Clare Hotel is a ten-minute drive from the Queen Victoria Building, 20 minutes from the Sydney Opera House, and 25 minutes from Bondi Beach.


1 Kensington Street, Sydney, 2008, Australia
Telephone: +61(2)82778277 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Appealing location

The location of this hotel has generally proved popular with guests. Although some would have preferred to be just a little closer to the CBD, most have enjoyed the Chippenham neighbourhood and found most Sydney attractions within easy reach - both the city centre and iconic beaches take no more than 30 minutes to reach.

Great rooms

Rooms here are not only pleasing to the eye but also offer clean surroundings where guests can relax. The design of the rooms tends to be quite hip and guests have appreciated the individual touches as well as the standard comforts such as the free Wi-Fi.

Good range of facilities

Previous guests have been impressed with the range of facilities, so it's unlikely that you'll find yourself short of anything here. The pool and restaurant often attract particular praise although you'll generally find all facilities are of a high standard.

Negative Reviews

Occasional service-related issues

The staff here is typically great but they don't get it right all the time. Reviews suggest that the initial reception could be more welcoming at times. Plus, the bar staff in the Kensington Street Social (managed separately from the hotel) don't always impress.

Surroundings can be noisy

You can reasonably expect a bit of noise here. Guests have been able to hear traffic and the usual hustle and bustle from the street but also note that the internal soundproofing could be much improved.

Unusual bathroom design

The bathroom design in at least some of the rooms has caused a few raised eyebrows. Guests mention that their shower was open plan and the toilet was clearly visible from most parts of the rooms. This won't suit everyone.

Rating Overview

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9 out of 10 based on 523 reviews