44-foot ‘Queen of the Gulf’ mosaic designed for the lobby entrance and restoration of the 1915 Ford Model T roadster to be installed in the east loggia
— Mark Wyant, Owner, Grand Galvez
GALVESTON, Texas, USA, January 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Mark Wyant, owner, Grand Galvez, has unveiled exciting new plans and stunning renderings for the iconic, renowned hotel and spa on Galveston Isle.
• Luxurious interior renderings include multiple angles of the Music Hall, the Terrace Ballroom, the lobby entrance with the 44-foot “Queen of the Gulf” mosaic, the Coffee Café and the Galvez Bar & Grill.
o These renders are in addition to those released in 2021. (All renders released to date are included in the Dropbox at the end of the release.)
• Renderings of a beautiful 44ft x 17ft custom mosaic advertising the “Queen of the Gulf”
o Designed by Mark and Lorenda Wyant, the mosaic is produced by Dallas mosaic artist Julie Richey and made in Italy.
o A garland of pink and red laurel surrounds the “queen of the gulf”, which will be made in gold.
o Thousands of Murano glass tiles are created by a family of artisans in Venice, Italy.
o Plans are for installation in late spring 2022.
• The acquisition of a restored 1915 Ford Model T Roadster, which will be exhibited in the East Loggia.
o Plans call for the Roadster to be personally driven from Dallas to Grand Galvez in the spring of 2022 by property owner Mark Wyant.
• The design of Founders Bar, a new lobby bar in the West Loggia that will overlook Peacock Alley and the Gulf of Mexico.
o The bar will display photographs and memorabilia from the opening of the hotel and its five founding members.
o The hotel’s original dark wood lobby bar will be moved to a permanent location in the Music Hall event space.
• The Italian marble fountain currently being built in Italy for the Grande Pelouse du Grand Galvez.
o The fountain is sculpted in Italy from Calacetta marble and will be 16 feet high and 35 feet wide. Production in Italy is expected to wrap up in early 2022 with installation mid-year, pending its arrival.
• A Coffee Café has been designed for the west hall.
o Open early in the morning and throughout the day, the cafe will serve freshly brewed coffee, teas and snacks.
“These exciting new designs will combine with the property’s current amenities and magnify the new vitality of Grand Galvez,” said Mr. Wyant.
Mr. Wyant and his wife, interior designer Lorenda Wyant, are the creative forces behind Grand Galvez’s interior designs. They have collaborated on Saint Hotels and other hotel properties and homes.
When he purchased the Grand Galvez, also known as Queen of the Gulf, in May 2021, Mr. Wyant’s goal was to solidify his position as one of South Texas’ top travel destinations. leisure and business, weddings, meetings, events and exhibitions. The property’s historic heritage underscores the grand positioning of this iconic hotel, which offers first-class resort amenities, spa facilities, a heated saline pool, entertainment, and exceptional cuisine.
The focus is currently on the sleek and sophisticated renovations underway at Grand Galvez, focusing on an interpretation of modernism mixed with the energy of the Gatsby era. The hotel’s refreshing renovations and creative design touches will intuitively meet every guest’s needs.
The renovations include all hotel rooms, hospitality and public areas and reflect a sleek, refreshing design and color palette that is perfect for the resort vibe of Grand Galvez and Galveston Island. The hotel and spa remain open and fully operational with guest reservations, weddings, dining, special events scheduled. Rooms are being redesigned one floor at a time.
Rooms at Le Grand Galvez offer a quiet, relaxed opulence that soothes and stimulates the senses and is perfect for the guest looking forward to a deep and
a restful night’s sleep. The all-white and indigo-blue rooms are sleek and modern yet comfortable. The couch at the end of the beds is upholstered in a tropical green and white palm tree pattern, and white lacquer furniture and mirrors are offset by light sky blue ceilings. King and queen pillow top beds feature a custom mirrored back wall extending to the ceiling. Rooms at Le Grand Galvez allow guests to enjoy the finest amenities, including crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters, free in-room WiFi, and luxurious Niven Morgan bath products and robes.
“We wanted the rooms and all of the hotel’s renovations to provide a haven of luxury and relaxation for each of our visitors,” said Mr. Wyant.
Public areas will feature the beautiful Harlequin black and white marble flooring with black framing, crystal chandeliers throughout, regal burgundy carpets and decorative drapes. The reception is reminiscent of the earlier 1911 reception with its iron details and glass elements.
Perhaps 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 within the walls of the hotel which are being restored for the first time since 1962.
“We found a section of the original brass stair railing, which was wedged behind a larger brass railing that was later installed to meet ADA requirements. To restore the hotel and pay homage to its beautiful design, we sent a section of the original stair railing to have moldings made and new railings created to match the hotel’s original railing. The newly redesigned railings will be a bit taller to meet current code,” Wyant said.
“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, providing renewed elegance throughout the hotel. These designs reflect the new energy we will bring to the resort and all of its amenities,” Mr. Wyant continued.
“The new Peacock Alley boutique has been named Lolo and will be marketed to include a special selection of gifts, clothing and souvenirs, which will allow visitors to take home a memento of their visit to Grand Galvez. The renovations provide a sense of luxury and sophistication, reminiscent of the grandeur of the original hotel,” said Lorenda Wyant, interior designer and wife of Grand Galvez owner Mark Wyant.
The Grand Galvez, a 220-room resort and spa, is a historic property in Galveston, Texas. The Grand Galvez will be part of the Marriott Autograph Collection and has been delighting guests around the world for over 100 years. The AAA 4-Diamond property is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Gulf Coast of Texas and is recognized as one of Galveston’s top beachfront hotels. Hotelier Mark Wyant, owner of Seawall Hospitality LLC, purchased the property from the heirs of Galveston Island-born oilman and developer George P. Mitchell in March 2021. Mr. Wyant and his wife, Lorenda Wyant, have embarked on extensive renovations, which will embody the beautiful architectural design of the hotel while introducing enhanced luxury and energy.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mr. Wyant is a hotel owner and developer based in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina. The purchase of Hotel Galvez, now Grand Galvez, will mark the third property Wyant has developed in Galveston. In 1999 he built the Holiday Inn Express at 1st and Seawall, then sold it in 2005. In 2004 he developed the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, where the famous Captain Jack was once located. In 2014 he sold it and went on to create The Saint Hotel brand with award-winning properties in New Orleans, Key West and Charleston. In 2021, he sells The Saint Hotel New Orleans and The Saint Hotel Charleston. Mr. Wyant continues to own and operate The Saint Hotel Key West, a Marriott Autograph Collection property.
Passionate about history, Wyant strategically selects properties under development located in key US cities known for their history and excellent leisure, business and entertainment experiences. In each place, its main objective is to embody and respect the heritage, charm and history of the city.
Dropbox with renders and images by Mark and Lorenda Wyant
Images courtesy of Grand Galvez/Seawall Hospitality LLC
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