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A Closer Look At The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney

The Old Clare Hotel

Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings – The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building – the The Old Clare Hotel has been constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the interesting features of both buildings.

Situated along the re-developed Kensington Street precinct, the 62 room boutique hotel is the first Australian hotel from the unconventional Unlisted Collection.


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 witha a glass link-way under the engineered expertise of local architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer.


A total of sixty-two rooms and suites, of seven distinctive types, feature high ceilings, large original framed windows, heritage timber paneling and original exposed walls. Intricate, quirky objects and fixtures have been hand-selected to furnish each space.

PSlab’s lighting design intervention was inspired by the unique nature of the space. The black lacquered steel “car light” wall fixtures, and the custom made black powder coated pendant lights with their hand-blown glass bulbs on each extremity hanging by pair or on its own, are giving the rooms and living space an additional bespoke contemporary touch.

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