This year, a pair of world-beating properties turned the Harbour City’s hotel scene on its head — and put their neighborhoods squarely on the style set’s radar. And as usual, Hotel Interior Designs has the pleasure to show some details about these two new Sydney hotels that are redefining the chic concept. Take a look!
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THE OLD CLARE
The Hood For over a century, Chippendale was known as a half-square-mile nexus of iniquity. Today, its late-Victorian terraces are filling up with makers, bakers, artists, and chefs, while Kensington Street is being reinvented as a “lifestyle” laneway à la Melbourne’s.
The Heritage The hotel occupies two landmark buildings: the former Clare Hotel Pub (Functionalist style circa 1940) and Carlton & United Breweries HQ (late Oz-Victorian circa 1915); the former’s bar was an infamous boozer in Chippendale’s seedier days.
The Look Wall tiles, parquet floors, and the original moldings and beams at The Old Clare were all meticulously under-restored by local architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Mid-century chairs from owner Loh Lik Peng’s personal collection are found in nearly all 62 guest rooms.
The Food The Old Clare’s trifecta of restaurants—Jason Atherton’s Kensington Street Social, Silvereye (from ex–Noma sous-chef Sam Miller), and Automata (from Momofuku Seiobo vet Clayton Wells)—have raised Chippendale’s profile as much as the hotel has.
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The Hood Miller’s Point, an inner-city suburb between The Rocks and the newly developed Barangaroo Reserve, had been a scrappy longshoremen’s enclave, albeit characterized by seriously pretty Federation Filigree architecture; it’s now decidedly on the upswing.
The Heritage Built in 1912, the five-story Palisade Pub is another glorious relic of old Sydney, where, during World War I, Anzac soldiers shipping out to Gallipoli from Sydney Harbour came to sink their final points.
The Look Über-stylist Sibella Court was conscripted to renovate the pub and repurpose its utilitarian upper floors into nine unique guest suites, two private lounges, and a knockout rooftop bar for the Hotel Palisade. Think Soho House on an Olde Good Things budget, filtered through a sepia lens.
The Food Chef David O’Brien’s simple-yet-stellar menu—steak sandwiches, house-made salt-and-vinegar chips, and all the trad pub dishes you crave—keeps The Palisade’s spirit alive while famed mixologist Mikey Enright’s cocktails are fully of-the-moment.