Sydney McLaren Hotel

Updated: April 17, 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) • Cala Luna (intimate Italian, with open-air setting, specialising in pasta and steak) • Retro Saigon (succulent Vietnamese, with flowery street-side location) • Union Hotel (affordable pub meals and Parisienne-style bistro)
  • Local Transport: Is within walking distance of two train stations.

Sydney McLaren – The Hotel

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The McLaren Location

The McLaren is along a quiet suburban street

McLaren Sydney Location

The McLaren is a quaint boutique hotel in a suburban street

McLaren Sydeny Rooms

All rooms are very spacious and nicely furnished

McLaren Sydney Rooms

All rooms are very spacious and nicely furnished

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 is 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 is a lovely place to relax

Shared Patio at the McLaren

The ground floor rooms lead to a shared patio

Comfortable Room at the McLaren

The rooms are nicely furnished, with likeable colours

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The streets nearby offer some low-key but tempting places to eat

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