A HOTEL has is committed to ‘challenging the formal’ after it was announced it would be reopening in a new guise following a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

The Ro in Bowness will feature all-day dining, while guests will be able to enjoy breakfast until 5pm.

The 87 rooms at the rebranded site, formerly The Hydro Hotel, have been renovated and feature ‘clean lines, artistic decor and home-from-home comforts’.

“The new hotel will be informal and relaxed but deliver a warm Lakes welcome,” said a spokesman for the site in Helm Road, which looks across the waters of Windermere.

“All guests will be catered for — from couples to families to those with dogs.”

The spokesman said: “The cuisine will be local, honest, comfort food; sourced responsibly, seasonally and, where possible, locally, but always British.

“The Ro Bar will be the perfect destination for both guests and locals. Again, locally sourced spirits will be on offer.”

The design of the inside of the hotel was conjured up by APM Design Ltd and architect Mason Gillibrand.

“The design takes inspiration from the lake and surrounding countryside, with cool blues and turquoises complemented with accents of oranges, natural stone and traditional grey slate,” said the hotel spokesman.

“In addition to the rooms and dining, the hotel’s conference and meeting rooms have also been given an overhaul.

“The six new spaces can cater for events from six to 200.”

The newly named Ro Hotel is set to open in July.