Hotel group, Squires Hotels, has reopened its The Hydro Hotel following a £1m makeover that saw its bedrooms, restaurant and bar transformed.
The 78-bedroom hotel, which overlooks Lake Windermere, was acquired by Squires Hotels in 2014, with the group immediately identifying the need for an upgrade, having been untouched in 20 years.
The property called in designer Heather Bennani of Notabox, while the building work was carried out by Team Northern.
The bedroom count has gone from 81, down to 78, to accommodate bigger rooms, with the project marking the first phase of a three-stage development at the hotel.
More work is planned for the coming year, including the rest of the bedrooms and leisure facilities, along with the outside grounds.
Squire Hotels’ director of operations, Jodi Masterson, said: “The work we have completed is just phase one of our refurbishment; there is still a two further phases to come.
“We are delighted with how the hotel looks, we have worked hard to retain some of the key and historic features of this iconic hotel.”
Stefan Rae, who was brought in to oversee the development as part of his role as general manager, said: “It’s certainly been a lengthy process but we’re delighted to announce that The Hydro Hotel is now officially open for business.
“The bedrooms have been updated as have other aspects of the hotel. We’re now excited to get started and already we’ve had a number of bookings, which we’re pleased with.”
Squire Hotels is a group of hotels which also owns Etrop Grange, Manchester Airport and Best Western Plus Samlesbury Hotel in Preston.