The use of the term ‘staycation’ started gaining momentum in the mid-2000s when the global financial crisis hit. People were looking for ways to take a break without the expenses that came with a big trip. Financial reasons aside, they’re a stellar way to experience the city you live in with fresh eyes. We recently headed to the Old Clare Hotel in Sydney to have a little staycation of our own. Having become a bit of an institution since it opened a few years ago, we didn’t want to let a little fact like already living nearby stop us from checking it out.
The Old Clare Hotel, in its current incarnation, opened in 2015. The site has always been a hotel or pub in some form. Though freshly renovated, much of the building’s history has been preserved. This gives it a distinct feeling, setting it apart from other boutique hotels — especially in Sydney.
A handwritten note warmly welcomed us to our room for the night as we entered. This was a small gesture but one that puts a smile on your face from the get-go. The room was modern, but like the rest of the hotel, still had touches that were telling of its history. A memorable feature of the room was the shower smack-bang in the middle of it; certainly an interesting design decision and one we hadn’t experienced before.
The rooftop pool proved all too tempting on the hot summer afternoon we visited. After a quick dip and dry off on the loungers we were ready to head downstairs for drinks and dinner.
Found in the inner-city suburb Chippendale, The Old Clare Hotel is part of the Kensington Street precinct. This mostly pedestrian-only hub is home to some of the best food and drinks Sydney has to offer. You’re spoiled for choice here.
Our afternoon began with a G&T at Gin Lane before heading over to the Handpicked Cellar Door for a wine and cheese tasting. A leisurely stroll through the area was required post-tasting so we could work up an appetite ahead of dinner at Automata. The walk was a nice reminder of just how nice Sydney is in summer; the evening was balmy and people were outside just soaking it all in. It felt a bit like being a tourist even though the city has always been our home. This was a nice side-effect of the staycation; seeing your city with fresh eyes always goes a long way in helping you appreciate it more.
The Wrap-Up – Sydney Staycation At The Old Clare Hotel
If you already live in Sydney there’s no excuse not to check out the Old Clare Hotel over your next free weekend. It’s the ultimate Sydney staycation spot; easy to get to and surrounded by ample food and drink options. For visitors to the city, this is one hotel you won’t want to miss out on. It’s definitely one of the best accommodation options Sydney has to offer, with a rich history behind it too.