Unique Sleeps: Amazing hotels hand picked by Expedia Experts. The Old Clare Hotel, Sydney, Australia

Unlike so many refurbished buildings that appear to lose all character, The Old Clare is a hotel that has managed to retain its rich, other era charm whilst seamlessly incorporating a distinct modern flair. Once the site of the heritage-listed Carlton & United Breweries administration building and the iconic Clare Hotel pub, the adjoining buildings have now been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel.

Located on the CBD outskirts, in trendy Chippendale, the 62-room hotel sits alongside bustling Kensington Street – a street awash with cool bars, restaurants and hidden alleyways. It feels a bit off the beaten path but is less than a 20-minute walk from tourist hubs like Darling Harbour and Hyde Park.

The suspended metal staircase, cubic window design, scattering of macabre dentist chairs and encased ladder down into the dark basement help the lobby act as a sort of museum or portal into the building’s heritage. Meanwhile, the reception area follows a similar design to the pub with a yellow art deco desk, swinging saloon door and splattering of band posters.