16 Jan THE OLD CLARE HOTEL
The Old Clare Hotel is the heart of Sydney. That of which pumps with old heritage in the right ventricle and contemporary luxury in the left. This post and these pictures have become my ode to the indefinite and enriched beauty that lies within its century-old Victorian walls.
I will never grow tired of the feelings experienced when you first walk into a fine hotel. The lavish welcome of it’s cool and crisp air enveloping you as you walk into the lobby. The immediate onset of vacation-mode and ease as you check-in. And let us not forget the cathartic release felt when walking into your room, as your eyes glide across every surface, crevice and corner whilst you picture how you’ll be spending your time during your stay.
My welcome at The Old Clare Hotel was exactly that, but so much more. The lavish welcome of cool and crisp air was done so with the hotel’s signature scent. A smell that had carefully and craftily combined the building’s history with its current beauty in a heavenly whiff. And that feeling I wrote about when you walk into your hotel room? Dare I say it was as if I had made it to heaven itself.
With high ceilings, New York City vibes, exposed structural elements, the abundance of natural light, and huge bathtub, The Clare Room already had me feeling sorry for myself to have to leave after my stay. You’d think being situated in the middle of the city would make for a noisy location. Rest assured, – it’s as if you’re watching a live stream of the city on mute – I couldn’t have slept better.
A haven exists on the roof of The Old Clare Hotel. It comes in the form of a rooftop pool and bar that hosts views of the surrounding suburbs and backs onto the gorgeous fauna covered Central Park block. Another space – like all located in this hotel – that makes me feel as if I’m on vacation in my own city.
One of my favourite parts about my stay was that Kensington Street Social supplied room service for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner to guests of The Old Clare Hotel. This restaurant was brought to us from one of the many renowned Food-Gods, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, and boasts immaculate Mediterranean sharing plates putting some of Australia’s best produce and wine on show.
Now, back to the important part: room service. This was an offer far too incredibly good to refuse and one that I recommend all future guests take advantage of because a) breakfast in bed is one of life’s many great gifts and b) it’s from Kensington Street Social, period.
For my international readers, The Old Clare Hotel is definitely one of my top and personal favourite choices of hotels to stay in Sydney. Minutes away from Central Station, and walking distance to the lively suburbs of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Chippendale that are all bursting with stellar cafe’s, Sydney’s best restaurants, Australian fashion labels, and independent start-ups.
This blog post wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for A (very) Stylish Man, Chris Burt-Allan. Thank you for letting me crash the party, and for taking the most incredible shots whilst I lounged and lazed in The Clare Room – which is the room we called home for the stay.
If you’ve stayed at The Old Clare Hotel before, or if you’re thinking of booking it as your base for your time in Sydney I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below or send me an email.
Here’s to my ever-lasting love affair with my city and my hope to always share its beauty with you.