The 17-bed boutique hotel, Mode Hotel in Blackpool has been sold by Christie + Co to Hong Kong-based private investor, Andrew Whitaker.
The boutique by the sea is located in Lytham St Anne’s, where new owner Whitaker grew up, and comes with some bedrooms that benefit from sea views.
He has now revealed plans to enhance the hotel going forward, with the addition of two new bedrooms and a website to boost direct bookings.
Whitaker boasts more than 20 years’ experience in the hotel industry, including stints in high-end hotels overseas; he is currently South East Asia general manager of Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services and was formerly general manager of the New World Beijing Hotel.
Whitaker has held similar positions at the New World Dalian Hotel, the Shangri-la Hotels in Asia, the Golden Sands Resort in Penang, Malaysia and the Andara Resort and Villas in Phuket, Thailand.
After searching for a property in the UK for some time, Whitaker felt Mode Hotel’s location was ideal for tourists visiting the area.
He says: “I am very happy to acquire the Mode Hotel in my home town, particularly as the hotel has been well managed in the past by Andrew Haworth and his team.”
David Lee, regional director and hotel specialist at Christie + Co, comments: “The sale of Mode Hotel is the latest example of an increasingly buoyant hotel market in the North West of England.
Sought after residential areas like Lytham St Anne’s contain a lot of different types of hotels and they are always popular.
"Hotels in the North of England are very popular with investors from overseas, and with Andrew’s local connection this seems to be the perfect purchase for him.”