Two prominent Blackpool hotels set to reopen after companies went bust

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The Lyndene and St Chad’s hotels closed down in February following the liquidation of the management companies running them.

The Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.
The Lyndene Hotel in Blackpool.

A pair of prominent seaside hotels which were forced to close in February will reopen this summer.

The Lyndene Hotel, and its neighbour St Chad’s, considered to be two of the most famous establishments in Blackpool, both closed suddenly during the last lockdown after their management companies went bankrupt.

Dozens of staff were suddenly left out of a job and without their final wage packets, or furlough pay, when the hotels shut-up shop, with immediate effect, on February 2.

Both Victorian hotels, with space for more than 200 guests between them, had been closed to bookings since November 2020, after the UK was put into lockdown, leading to a cash-flow crisis.

But now the Lyndene and St Chad’s are set to reopen in May after management of the hotels was bought out by RBH Hospitality Management.

The company, who now manage more than 45 establishments across the UK, acquired four Fragrance-owned hotel buildings, all previously run by Bespoke, in February.

St Chads Hotel in Blackpool

Dave Hart, RBH CEO, said: “These hotels each have fantastic characteristics, from historical stature and heritage to family-owned values and we are thrilled to add them to the RBH portfolio.

“We look forward to working with all four hotels to prepare for reopening and drive performance across the business in each location.”

Both Lyndene and neighbouring St Chad’s hotel buildings are owned by Singapore company Fragrance.

UK-based Bespoke Hotels Goldie Ltd previously owned the hotel businesses but under separate sub businesses.

Both sub businesses collapsed in early February as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, although the over-arching company, Bespoke Hotels Goldie Ltd, remains intact and trading.

Within six weeks of the closure a message was posted to the Lyndene and St Chad’s Facebook pages stating that the businesses had come under new management.

This was part of a four-hotel acquisition which saw RBH buy up The Lyndene and St Chads in Blackpool, The Townhouse in Manchester and the Duke of Cornwall in Plymouth.

General managers at all four hotels have been allowed to remain in the same roles, and it is intended for other staff who were previously made redundant to be reinstated in their positions as well.

Both Lyndene and St Chad’s are currently taking bookings from May 17, when the government will allow hotels and hostels to reopen.

 

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