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Reimagined Hotel Galvez Revealed — Your First Look at How a Historic Galveston Landmark is Being Transformed

Dallas Hotel Tycoon Embraces the History of the Property, Renames it Grand Galvez

BY // 06.29.21

When Dallas’ Mark Wyant revealed his purchase of Galveston’s Hotel Galvez in April, anticipation ran high with what the hotelier, with a record of transforming historic properties into sassy haunts, would do with the aging dowager. On Tuesday, he revealed a sneak peek at the public spaces in the newly named Grand Galvez with miles of crimson velvet and plethora of crystal chandeliers.

Renderings of the transformation reveal a nod to 1911, the year the historic Galveston hotel opened. Black and white marble flooring, chandeliers, “royal burgundy” carpets and drapes, iron detailing and glass features will contribute to the special ambience. A few leopard prints here and there add a contemporary note to the decor.

Bonus — work on the property has revealed original moldings and ceilings, not seen since a remodel in 1962. Those are being restored and will add to the early 20th century grandeur of this reimagined and renamed Hotel Galvez turned Grand Galvez.

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A view to the new bar in the Grand Galvez as envisioned by new owner, Dallas hotelier Mark Wyant (Rendering courtesy of Grand Galvez/Seawall Hospitality LLC)

Expected to be the most striking design element is the renewal of the original Peacock Alley, the grand walkway leading from the Hotel Galvez’s lobby to the spa and ballroom, a design element not celebrated at the hotel in more than 70 years. The new bar that will occupy the dramatic west loggia and offer views to the Gulf  of Mexico as well as to the Peacock Alley.

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

The owner’s wife, interior designer Lorenda Wyant, is handling the project. “Our primary goal with all the Grand Galvez renovations is to introduce a feeling sophistication, which harkens back decades to the grandeur of the original hotel,” she says in a statement.

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Reimagining of the 220 guest rooms, hospitality areas and entertainment venues are also in the works. New renderings of those will be released in the coming weeks.

For an even closer look at the Hotel Galvez’s transformation into the Grand Galvez, click thru the photo gallery below:

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