If you've settled on Sydney as the centre of your Australian sojourn, the best place to stay while in the city is the centrally located Old Clare Hotel. This former Art Deco pub is walking distance from everything you need to see, yet tucked away in a quiet city lane.
The property is part of Sydney's urban working class history and yet the site has been impeccably restored, including the lobby bar which is actually where the nearby brewery workers ended their shifts with icy cold 'schooners' of ale.
Inside the property, the restaurant is befitting of a culinary hipster haven in Brooklyn, while each large and luxury suite is decorated as if by a team of savvy and suave gay elves. The result: Industrial chic that preserves urban heritage while creating the latest hot spot for discerning travelers.
Rooms feature exposed concrete and brick surfaces, walk-in glass showers, soaring ceilings, and modern minimalism with lovely touches, too, such as designer tubs in the middle of the rooms and unique 20th century antique accent pieces.
Be sure to take a dip in the rooftop lap pool, which situates you nicely in the heart of this southern city's bustling skyline before heading out on the town to explore the many attractions of this Southern Pacific metropolis.