The owner of Unlisted Collection of unique boutique hotels, Loh Lik Peng bought the property of The Old Clare Hotel back in 2011. It took a hired firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects four years to restore, redecorate, and build a glass link between the old Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration building to make it an exclusive place to stay in Sydney.
At $205 per night you’re getting just 62 rooms and suites furnished with modernist chairs and sofas, finished with marble and plenty of glass.
Each set of rooms comes with a different type of bathroom and decor style. For example, the standard “Connell” room has a glass shower stall, while an Abercrombie Room offers a freestanding bathtub right next to a big double bed.
The hotel, however, has retained a lot of its original flair in the form of heritage timber paneling, large framed windows, and original exposed walls. In some of the rooms you can feel a part of the building’s history.
Besides the rooms, there are a rooftop bar and pool, a meeting room, and a gym. The roof additions can be seen from the outside, although they aren’t taking away much from the original brick exteriors.
The hotel’s foyer is plastered with magazine posters, which gives it a very retro look. Conversely, the rest of the spaces look ultra contemporary.