Sydney McLaren Hotel

Updated: May 22, 2018

The McLaren Hotel – has personality and character, and is so much better than a motel.

This boutique hotel exemplifies the cliché ‘home away from home’. In an historic mansion extended with a new wing, all rooms are pleasingly spacious and surprisingly quiet. The Deluxe Rooms feature an exquisite bathroom, and those on the upper floor have angled ceilings and a skylight in the bathroom. More popular are the ground floor rooms that open out to a shared patio with a smattering of foliage. Larger still are the Junior Suites, while the Tara Suites contain a gorgeous bed, antique furniture and sizeable private balcony overlooking the quiet street. Adding enormously to the appeal is the guest lounge with leadlight bay windows, and the conservatory breakfast area. A few eateries are nearby, but a wider range is downhill near the train station (700m), or up the freeway to the suburb of Crows Nest (1km).

The McLaren Hotel – The Basics

  • Location: 25 McLaren Street, off Miller Street, the main road through North Sydney from the train station.
  • Guests: Geared more towards couples and budget-conscious businesspeople.
  • Pets: Possible, but only if animals are well-behaved and guests stay in rooms on the ground floor.
  • Views: Of the laneway along the side or main street.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Available free for all guests for the first day, but charged a one-off A$5 if staying longer.
  • Parking: Some 10 spots available free and undercover, but not guaranteed.
  • Phone: 9965 9500
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
  • How To Book: will have the best rates. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.

The McLaren Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool, spa and fitness centre: Not expected or provided at this historic boutique hotel.

The McLaren Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Lounge/Bar: Not expected or provided.
  • Breakfast: A buffet continental breakfast costs an extra A$9.
  • Room Service: Available for a limited selection of soups and sandwiches.

The McLaren Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard and Deluxe Rooms • Junior Suites • Tara Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: By Australian law, smoking is forbidden within hotel buildings.
  • Best Room: The Tara Suite epitomises elegance. Perfect for a romantic getaway, it boasts a private balcony, kitchenette and oodles of antique furniture.

The McLaren Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    The best selection is at Crows Nest, a suburb 1km away, but these are within a short walk of the hotel:

  • Jagos on Miller – low-key café with heated courtyard and contemporary Australian cuisine; open for breakfast and lunch. 3-minute walk.
  • Cala Luna – intimate Italian, with open-air setting, specialising in pasta and steak. 2-minute walk.
  • Retro Saigon – succulent Vietnamese, with flowery street-side location. 4-minute walk.
  • Union Hotel – affordable pub meals and Parisienne-style bistro. 3-minute walk.

Local Transportation

    Is within walking distance of two train stations.

Sydney McLaren – The Hotel

The McLaren Location

The McLaren is along a quiet suburban street, just off the main road through North Sydney.

McLaren Sydney Location

The McLaren is a quaint boutique hotel with off-street parking.

Outdoor Courtyard at the McLaren Sydney

Attached to the breakfast conservatory area is a pleasant outdoor courtyard.

Renovated Sydney McLaren Hotel

The whole hotel has been lovingly renovated and continues to be very well maintained.

Breakfast at the McLaren Sydney

Breakfast is served (for a small extra cost) in the bright, airy conservatory.

Guests Lounge at the McLaren Sydney

The Guests Lounge is a convivial place to meet fellow guests.

Guests Lounge at the McLaren Sydney

The Guests Lounge maintains the old-world charm of the hotel.

McLaren Sydeny Rooms

All Deluxe Rooms are very spacious, colourful and nicely furnished.

McLaren Sydney Rooms

The Deluxe Rooms are tastefully decorated, with lovely art on the walls and bright carpets.

Comfortable Room at the McLaren

The rooms are nicely furnished, with likeable matching colours.

Shared Patio at the McLaren

The ground floor rooms lead to a shared veranda facing some greenery.

Eateries around the McLaren Sydney

The streets nearby offer some low-key but tempting places to eat, such as the Retro Saigon. Serving authentic Vietnamese dishes in an amiable setting, it is on Ridge Street, one block north of the hotel.

High Rises of North Sydney

Just over the harbour from the city centre, North Sydney contains many high-rises.

Old and New North Sydney

The hotel is about 400m north of the centre of North Sydney, which is where Miller Street meets the Pacific Highway.

Contrasting architecture of North Sydney

A short stroll down Miller Street from the hotel is this corner where 19th-century buildings are alongside the very new.

Mini-City of North Sydney

The Pacific Highway splits North Sydney, which is almost a mini-city, with its own skyscrapers and highways.

Modernised North Sydney

The hotel is along McLaren Street, which conveniently extends to the two main thoroughfares of Miller Street and the Pacific Highway.

Old Buildings in North Sydney

Among the skyscrapers and highways around North Sydney some lovely old buildings remain.

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