MODE Hotel Lytham
Situated in the heart of Lytham, amongst the shops, restaurants and bars, MODE Hotel is a room-only, 16 room stylish stayover accommodation designed to meet the diverse needs of both those arriving in Lytham at the weekend and those who visit during the week.
A former two-storey building has been transformed into the stylish guest accommodation where guests can expect affordable, boutique-style accommodation alongside exceptional service.
Speaking to PREMIER HOSPITLAITY MAGAZINE, Andrew Whitaker, owner of MODE said: “This is our second MODE hotel, which are limited service hotels in secondary town locations, in the North West of England.
“Work on the project began in December 2018 and was completed in May 2019. The hotel occupies floors two and three of a three storey building and is bedrooms with bathrooms and showers only. The rooms vary from 12-25sq metres and all have bespoke steel powder coated open style wardrobes, Seepezze beds, Tv’s, Wi-Fi, bedside USB charging socket, umbrellas, bottles of water and Nespresso coffee machines.
“We have a 24-hour front reception desk but the hotel operates with a state-of-the-art clock pms cloud based system which allows self-check in.”
There are a variety of rooms at MODE Hotel Lytham ranging from Snug to Family suite:
- Snug – Like the name suggests, you will be ‘snug as a bug’ in this room with a MODE modern clean-lined design.
- Cosy – Each room has been cleverly designed to maximise space. Rooms are overlooking Henry Street.
- Comfy – A comfy room with a MODE modern clean-lined design and overlooking either Clifton Square or Henry Street.
- Roomy – The largest of the rooms, perfect for people-watching and all with premium views. They come with large screen TV’s and sofa bed. Six rooms also adjoin to make three family rooms.
- Family – MODE has connected their Cosy and Comfy rooms for extra space and comfort. The Family Plus Room adjoining room have King Size and Super King beds, which can also be converted into two single beds. Featuring MODE modern clean-lined designs, bathroom windows and views of Henry Street, the Family Plus makes the perfect choice for a family break away.
- Family Suite – The Family Suite is the top category of room and is the most spacious room type comprising of views over Clifton Square and two Super King Size beds (convertible to four single beds if required) and a sofa. With MODE modern-clean lined design, this room can sleep up to six guests encasing comfort at its best. The Family Suite is the perfect choice for those who enjoy their space.
Work on the hotel was completed by main contractors Bailey Engineering, alongside Firth Architects. PREMIER HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE spoke to Tom Bailey of Bailey Engineering about the project.
How did you get involved with this project?
“We have done a lot of work locally in Lytham and have done a lot of restoration projects in the centre, both commercial and domestic projects. We do a lot of work for the landlord of the hotel and have worked with him for about three years on a range of projects. After we completed a church restoration we were asked to move onto this project.”
What were you presented with before you started on site?
“There was a lot of talk beforehand and when we started the build, the building was actually a Chinese restaurant on the first floor and bedrooms and storage facilities on the second floor. When we got together with Andrew Whitaker, we were quite lucky that he already had a MODE hotel in St Anne’s so we were able to base the majority of the work on the St Anne’s sites.”
What were the time frames of the project?
“We started on December 1st 2018 and there was a lot of structural work involved including the rip out of the restaurant, taking out walls and rebuilding a few aspects – this all took about four to six weeks. We finished on 22nd May 2019 so overall it was about six months on site.”
What are some of the highlights of the work you did on site?
“Towards the end of the project we worked very closely with Andrew on the wardrobes and finishing touches, which we made ourselves. Because all of the rooms are different sizes, there are no two rooms the same so Andrew wouldn’t have really been able to have the wardrobes done in any other way than us making them. We worked very closely on the design and manufacture of all the final fittings. Down to the quirkiness of all the rooms, we were able to manufacture the wardrobes and desk ourselves which then helped the process massively.”
What does it mean to you to have been involved with this project?
“It is a great achievement because we have a great team, we have done a number of jobs in the square in Lytham and this hotel is such a prominent site for us. When we started work on it, the building was rundown so the work is only going to help the area. It is in such a prominent area that any development is going to help it. It has been a joy to work on.”