Iconic Galveston hotel reveals first look at major renovations

The historic Grand Galvez Hotel in Galveston is in the midst of a massive renovation and remodeling, and future guests can now catch a glimpse of updates to the 110-year-old 4-star Gulf Coast landmark.

Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant recently unveiled his new plans and renderings for the iconic hotel and spa. Preview images include the Music Hall, Terrace Ballroom, Lobby Entrance with the 44ft ‘Queen of the Gulf’ Mosaic, Coffee Café and Galvez Bar & Grill.

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

He and his wife, interior designer Lorenda Wyant, fueled the creative thrust behind Grand Galvez’s interior designs. The duo have previously collaborated on 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 produced by Dallas mosaic artist Julie Richey and made in Italy. A garland of pink and red laurel surrounds the “Queen of the Gulf”, which will be created in gold. Thousands of Murano glass tiles are created by a family of artisans in Venice, Italy. The installation will take place in the spring of 2022.

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

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

The marble fountain
Another item produced in Italy, this piece will be placed in the Great Lawn. The fountain is sculpted in Italy from Calacatta marble and will be 16 feet tall and 35 feet wide. The installation will take place mid-2022.

Coffee Coffee
Designed for the West Lobby, this space will open early and stay open all 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 reservations, weddings, dining, special events scheduled. (Rooms are being redesigned one floor at a time, the hotel notes.)

All-white and indigo-blue rooms feature a couch at the end of the bed covered in a tropical green-and-white palm tree motif, while mirrored furniture is offset by light sky-blue ceilings. Pillowtop beds feature a custom mirrored back wall extending to the ceiling.

Evoking the Gatsby era, public spaces will feature harlequin black and white marble flooring with a black frame, crystal chandeliers throughout, regal burgundy carpets and accent draperies, a release note. The reception is reminiscent of the original 1911 reception with its iron details and glass elements.

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

For souvenirs, 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 historic design, providing renewed elegance throughout the hotel. These designs reflect the new energy we will bring to the resort and all of its amenities.

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