CALLING a new hotel “old” seems like a brave move but in the case of The Old Clare Hotel (right) it could not be more apt. To be unveiled in July this year, the hotel is a central part of the reimagination of Chippendale’s Clare Hotel and the Carlton & United Brewery administration building on the corner of Broadway and Kensington streets in Sydney. Featuring 62 rooms, designers Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects have gone for an unpretentious, semi-industrial feel with heritage timber panelling and exposed original brick. The reception includes a bar within the original pub area of the Clare Hotel. There is also a rooftop bar alongside a 14m pool overlooking Sydney’s creative district. Guests will have several eating options, with three independent restaurants due to open in July as well. Sam Miller will open his first solo restaurant, Silvereye, on the second floor of The Old Clare, and former Quay and Momofuku Seiobo chef Clayton Wells will launch Automata in Kensington St. And in another first, British chef Jason Atherton is trying out the Australian market with Kensington Street Social, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner (theoldclarehotel.com.au).
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generational travel,” Henke says. Among his top picks for family-friendly hostels, are the UK’s YHA London St Pancras, which is within walking distance of the British Museum and British Library, and the Blue Mountains’ YHA, west of Sydney, with its arcade games and kids’ corner. Others include the Palm Lakefront Resort and Hostel, in Orlando, Florida, which offers families an ideal base for a Disney World visit; the Adventure Queenstown Hostel in New Zealand, which loans out bicycles, DVDs and frisbees; and Valley House Holiday Hostel on Achill Island, Ireland – with an on-site pitch and putt golf course and plenty of nature trails (hotelscombined.com).
ONCE considered the sole domain of 20-something backpackers, hostels are now recognising the demand for affordable family accommodation and adapting their facilities accordingly. Many international YHA hostels now include family rooms (left), ensuite bathrooms, child-friendly amenities such as cots and highchairs, and entertainment offerings like board games, pools and appropriately rated video games. Operations manager Robert Henke said all YHAs also had self-catering kitchens. “Some have cafes and restaurants on site, and many have large family rooms that can sleep up to five people – perfect for multi-