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Landmark Galveston hotel unveils first look at grand renovations

Landmark Galveston hotel unveils first look at grand renovations

Grand Galvez
The Grand Galvez is in the midst of a massive renovation. Image courtesy of Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez lobby
The new-look lobby. Image courtesy of Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez Galveston East Loggia Model T
The East Loggia with the restored 1915 Model T. Image courtesy of Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez Galvez Bar & Grill
The Galvez Bar & Grill. Image courtesy of Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez Music Hall
The new music hall. Image courtesy of Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez
Grand Galvez lobby
Grand Galvez Galveston East Loggia Model T
Grand Galvez Galvez Bar & Grill
Grand Galvez Music Hall

Galveston’s historic hotel Grand Galvez is in the midst of a massive renovation and remodel, and future guests can now get a sneak peek of the updates to the Gulf Coast’s 110-year-old, 4-star landmark.

Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant recently revealed his new plans and renderings for the iconic hotel and spa. Sneak peek imagery includes the music hall, terrace ballroom, lobby entrance with the 44-foot “Queen of the Gulf” mosaic, Coffee Café, and the Galvez Bar & Grill.

“These new, exciting designs will combine with the property’s current amenities and magnify the new vitality of the Grand Galvez,” said Wyant in a statement.

He and his wife, interior designer Lorenda Wyant, have fueled the creative push behind Grand Galvez’s interior designs. The duo previously collaborated on the Saint Hotels and other hotel properties and homes, according to their bio.

The “Queen of the Gulf” mosaic
A piece designed by the Wyants, the 44-foot-by-17-foot mosaic is being produced by Dallas-based mosaicist Julie Richey and fabricated in Italy. A pink and red oleander garland surrounds the “Queen of the Gulf,” which will be created in gold. Thousands of Murano glass tiles are being created by a family of artisans in Venice, Italy. Installation will occur in spring 2022.

The 1915 Model T
Mark Wyant has found and restored a 1915 Ford Model T Roadster, which will be displayed in the East Loggia. He plans to personally drive it from his home in Dallas to the hotel in Galveston in the spring.

The Founders Bar
This new lobby bar in the West Loggia will overlook Peacock Alley and the Gulf of Mexico. The bar will exhibit photographs and mementos from the hotel’s opening and its founding five members. The original hotel bar will be moved to a permanent place in the Music Hall event space, according to Wyant.

The marble fountain
Another item being produced in Italy, this piece will sit in the Great Front Lawn. The fountain is being carved in Italy from Calacatta marble and will be 16 feet tall and 35 feet wide. Installation will occur in mid-2022.

Coffee Café
Designed for the west lobby, this space will open early and stay open throughout the day, serving freshly brewed coffee, teas, and snacks.

Meanwhile, renovations will include all hotel rooms, hospitality, and public areas. The hotel and spa will remain open and fully operational, with guest bookings, weddings, dining, special events scheduled. (Guest rooms are being redesigned one floor at a time, the hotel notes.)

The all-white-and-indigo-blue rooms feature a sofa at the end of the bed upholstered in a tropical green and white palm pattern, while mirrored furniture is offset with light-sky-blue ceilings. Pillow-top beds feature a custom mirrored back wall extending to the ceiling. 

Evoking the Gatsby era, public areas will include harlequin black-and-white marble flooring with black framing, crystal chandeliers throughout, royal burgundy carpets, and accent draperies, a release notes. The front desk harks to the original 1911 front desk with its iron detailing and glass features.

A renewed Peacock Alley, the grand walkway leading from the lobby to the spa and ballroom, is a design element not seen at the hotel in over 70 years. Original moldings and ceilings found in the hotel walls are being restored for the first time since 1962.

For mementoes, the Lolo Boutique will offer gifts, clothing, and souvenirs.

“We have great respect for the iconic architecture of this property,” Wyant said in a statement. “I can assure everyone that our vision for the ‘new’ Grand Galvez will honor the historic design, offering a refreshed  elegance throughout the hotel. These designs reflect the new energy we will bring to the resort and all its amenities.”