LOH LIK PENG OPENS OLD CLARE HOTEL IN SYDNEY
Those with an eye on the Australian contemporary luxury scene will know that The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney opened in September. This irreverent and sophisticatedly surly hotel is changing the face of the emerging Chippendale neighborhood, home to caffeinated creatives spearheading art galleries, neighborhood Frank Gehry projects and some of the city’s most buzzworthy restaurants.
Loh Lik Peng, founder of Unlisted Collection, joined two iconic heritage-listed buildings, the former Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building, with a glass link-way designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The result is a distinctive and unique design-led property constructed with obsessive attention to aesthetics and a focus on retaining as many interesting and original features as possible.
The 62 rooms and suites have seven distinctive types featuring high ceilings, large original framed windows, heritage timber panelling and original exposed walls. Intricate, quirky objects and fixtures have been hand-selected to furnish each space, including PSLAB pendant lights, vintage furniture, custom tote bags and cushions inspired by Australian fauna and flora created by Eloise Rapp. The New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster challenge the senses with specialised amenity sets in each room. Maison Balzac have created a bespoke and welcoming scent, evoking the memories of the past.
Downstairs, The Clare bar embraces the ethos of its earlier incarnation as a preferred watering hole for locals, indie rock lovers, bohemians, artists and intellectuals. Upstairs, an expansive Rooftop Pool and Bar with panoramic views is the ultimate locale to have a sunrise yoga session or evening beverage.
Dining experiences include the Automata, by Clayton Wells, (formerly of Momofuku Seiobo) and Silvereye by Sam Miller (formerly of Noma). Excitingly, Jason Atherton’s Kensington Street Social will also open in January 2016. A day spa is opening on site in February.
[Photos: The Old Clare Hotel]
Suzanne McIntosh has been building, leading and mentoring high profiling sales teams in the luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry throughout her career. Suzanne formed McIntosh Human Capital Management to work with a client’s from “the ground up”; creating sales platform concepts, goal setting, success measurement, market planning, recruitment and deployment. Starting her sales and marketing career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Suzanne has extensive experience with other prestigious hotel brands including Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Morgans Hotel Group.