The Old Clare Hotel — Sydney, Australia
It’s a place Sydneysiders hold dear. Located on the edge of the city, the old Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) site, which operated for over 170 years, slowly degenerated into an industrial wasteland when it closed its doors in 2005. Now, the almost six hectare estate is being transformed into a thriving urban village of mixed-use high-rise developments, parkland and public art. In its North East corner, where Broadway and Kensington Streets meet, stands The Old Clare Hotel. The latest venture from Loh Lik Peng – the Singaporean hotelier and restaurateur behind boutique hospitality brand Unlisted Collection – the property is the combination of a former pub, and favoured drinking hole for local university students, and the remains of the old CUB administration building, which have been skilfully stitched together with new modern additions by local architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. The buildings’ original features smooth the way for a sleek and understated interior, where plush leathers and walnut furnishings, in a neutral palette, are abundant over the 62 guestrooms, slick rooftop pool and three restaurants, including British chef Jason Atherton’s first Australian outpost.