Historic Galveston Hotel Receiving 'Grand' Renovations, Renderings Revealed

Grand Galvez owner, Mark Wyant, walks us through his vision to reinforce the hotel's position as one of the preeminent destinations of the south.

The property’s historic legacy underlines the grand positioning for this very special hotel, which offers first-class resort amenities, spa facilities, pool entertainment and outstanding cuisine. Read on to learn more about Grand Galvez renovations:

17 New Interior Design Renderings Unveiled

Updated 1/19/2022

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms at Grand Galvez offer a tranquil, casual opulence that soothes and stimulate the senses and is perfect for the guest who is looking forward to a deep and restful night’s sleep. The all-white-and-indigo blue rooms are sleek and modern yet cozy. The couch at the end of the beds is upholstered in a tropical green and white palm pattern and the white lacquered and mirrored furniture is offset with light sky blue ceilings. King and Queen pillow-top beds feature a custom mirrored back wall extending to the ceiling. The guest rooms at Grand Galvez allow guests to indulge in the finest amenities, including crisp Egyptian cotton linens, down duvets, complimentary in-room WiFi and luxurious Niven Morgan signature bath products and robes.

We wanted the guest rooms and all the hotel renovations to provide a luxurious and relaxing haven for every one of our visitors Mark Wyant

Public Areas

Public areas will include the beautiful harlequin black and white marble flooring with black framing, crystal chandeliers throughout, royal burgundy carpets, and accent draperies. The front desk harkens back to the earlier front desk of 1911 with its iron detailing and glass features.

Perhaps the most striking is the renewal of the original Peacock Alley, the grand walkway leading from the lobby to the spa and ballroom, a design element not seen at the hotel in over 70 years. During the renovation, original moldings and ceilings were found in the hotel walls that are being restored for the first time since 1962.

Lolo Boutique

“The new Peacock Alley boutique has been named Lolo will be merchandised to include a special selection of gifts, clothing and souvenirs, which will allow visitors to take with them a memory of their visit to Grand Galvez. The renovations offer a feeling of luxury and sophistication, which harkens back to the grandeur of the original hotel,” said Lorenda Wyant, interior designer and wife of Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant.

"Queen of the Gulf" Mosaic

  • Designed by Mark and Lorenda Wyant, the 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 done in gold.
  • Thousands of Murano glass tiles are being created by a family of artisans in Venice, Italy.
  • Plans are for the installation in late Spring 2022.
44-foot x 17-foot custom mosaic heralding “Queen of the Gulf”

1915 Ford Model T Roadster Display

Plans call for the Roadster to be personally driven from Dallas to the Grand Galvez in Spring 2022 by the property’s owner, Mark Wyant.

Founders Bar

  • The bar will exhibit photographs and mementos from the hotel’s opening and its founding five members.
  • The hotel’s original dark wood lobby bar will be moved to a permanent place in the Music Hall event space.

Italian Marble Fountain

The fountain is being carved in Italy from Calacetta marble and will be 16 feet tall and 35 feet wide. Production in Italy is scheduled for completion in early 2022 with a mid-year installation, pending its arrival.

Coffee Café

Open early in the morning and throughout the day, the café will serve freshly brewed coffee and teas and snacks.


More About the Grand Galvez Renovations

Published 1/4/2022

When I purchased the Grand Galvez, "Queen of the Gulf," in May 2021, my goal was to reinforce its position as one of the preeminent destinations in south Texas for leisure and business travel, weddings, meetings, events and exhibitions. The property’s historic legacy underlines the grand positioning for this very special hotel, which offers first-class resort amenities, spa facilities, pool entertainment and outstanding cuisine.

Refreshing Renovations

The current emphasis is on the stylish and sophisticated renovations underway at Grand Galvez via our design interpretation of modernism blended with the energy of the Gatsby era. The hotel’s refreshing renovations and creative design touches will intuitively meet the needs of every one of our guests. I am confident every visitor will appreciate and recognize the outstanding services and amenities at Grand Galvez.

Grand Galvez Rendering Gallery

The renovations include all hotel rooms, hospitality and public areas and reflect a refreshingly elegant design and color palette that is perfect for the resort ambiance of Grand Galvez and Galveston Island. The hotel and spa remain open and fully operational with guest bookings, weddings, dining, special events scheduled. The guest rooms are being redesigned one floor at a time. First phase renovations are planned for completion by 2022.

The all-white-and-indigo rooms are sleek and modern, yet cozy. The couch at the end of the beds is upholstered in a tropical green and white palm pattern and the white lacquered and mirrored furniture is offset with light sky blue ceilings.

King and queen pillow-top beds feature a custom mirrored back wall extending to the ceiling. The guest rooms at Grand Galvez allow guests to indulge in the finest amenities, including crisp Egyptian cotton linens, down duvets, complimentary in-room WiFi and luxurious Niven Morgan signature bath products and robes.

We have great respect for the iconic architecture of this property. 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.

Public areas will include the beautiful white marble flooring with black framing, crystal chandeliers throughout and royal burgundy carpets and accent draperies. The front desk harkens back to the earlier front desk of 1911 with its iron detailing and glass features. Perhaps the most striking is the renewal of the original Peacock Alley, the grand walkway leading from the lobby to the spa and ballroom, a design element not seen at the hotel in over 70 years.

We are very excited about the grand marble fountain that will be installed on the Great Front Lawn of the Grand Galvez. The fountain is being carved in Italy from Calacetta marble and will be 16 feet tall and 35 feet wide. Production in Italy is scheduled for completion in December 2021 and my team is planning a Spring 2022 installation, pending its arrival.

Lolo’s, the new Peacock Alley boutique, will be merchandised to include a special selection of gifts, clothing and souvenirs, which will allow visitors to take with them a memory of their visit to Grand Galvez. The renovations offer a feeling of luxury and sophistication, which harkens back to the grandeur of the original hotel.

During the renovation, original moldings and ceilings were found in the walls of the hotel that are being restored for the first time since 1962. The new bar will occupy the west loggia in an area that will overlook Peacock Alley as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

These renovations should be complete by mid-2022, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, the Grand Galvez is open for business and ready to accommodate your Galveston Island vacation needs.

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Mark Wyant Owner, Grand Galvez

A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Wyant is an established hotel owner and developer in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. The purchase of the Hotel Galvez, now the Grand Galvez, will mark the third property Wyant has developed in Galveston.

A history lover, Wyant strategically selects development properties that are in key US cities known for their history and excellent leisure, business and entertainment experiences. In every location, his primary goal is to embody and respect the legacy, charm and history of the city.