This new hotel is the showpiece of a Sydney neighborhood’s makeover.
A member of Design Hotels and the first Unlisted Collection property in Australia, the Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney was reimagined by hotelier Loh Lik Peng. He transformed two historic but derelict edifices in the Chippendale district—the 19th-century Carlton & United Breweries administration building and the 1930s County Clare pub—into the slick new Old Clare Hotel. The 62 rooms are clad in timber and steel, and accessorized with custom-made desk lamps by U.K.’s Rag & Bone Man that were fashioned from chunks of machinery. Some rooms are duplexes, some have antique bars salvaged from the brewery, and all come with upholstered vintage chairs collected by Peng; there may be seven categories, but no two rooms are exactly alike. The pièce de ré- sistence is the C.U.B. suite, which occupies the former boardroom—porcelain urinals from the executive men’s restroom have even been restored.