The Luxe List 2015

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There are seven different suite styles at The Old Clare Hotel.

The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney, Australia

It’s an unlikely setting for Sydney’s newest luxe lodgings, but the Art Deco Clare Hotel—until recently a sticky-carpeted pub frequented by university students—is now home to the latest project by Singaporean hospitality innovator Loh Lik Peng. With seven boutique hotels and 20 restaurants to his name, Peng brings his playful eye to The Old Clare Hotel, its 62 rooms split across the 1930-built pub and the adjoining Carlton & United Brewery (CUB) headquarters, both heritage-listed. Once the pub’s pokies room, the lobby is still a shrine to the Clare of yesteryear—retro band posters line the walls, Deco light fittings are original, and the glass at the reception plays on the colors of beer bottles. Wall tiles in a street-front bar have also been preserved. There are two suites upstairs, but the majority of the accommodations are in the 1915-built CUB building, accessed via a lofty entryway draped with contemporary installations. Most rooms are unique in their design and layout: one revolves around the CUB’s old show bar with the original fridge turned into a sock drawer; another comes with a mini-keg filled with the beer of your choice. From the rooftop pool you’ll glimpse the now-defunct Carlton & United Brewery itself, while back down off the lobby is chef Clayton Wells’ Automata restaurant, soon to be joined by Kensington Street Social from British chef Jason Atherton and ex-Noma chef Sam Miller’s Silvereye.

61-2/8277-8277; The Old Clare Hotel; doubles from US$210

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