Ev­ery­thing Old...

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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).

Happy fam­ily hos­tels

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-

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