Point Clear, AL
Grand Hotel Resort and Spa
240,000 square feet
GMC was retained by PCH Hotels and Resorts to design the $32 million renovation of The Grand Hotel. Every room at the 170-year-old Grand Hotel was given a new look as the hotel joins the exclusive group of only 100 independent-style properties worldwide as part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
The renovation took place on a building-by-building basis to minimize disruption to hotel guests, beginning with the South Bay, North Bay and Marina House buildings. There are currently 23 different room types among the hotel’s 405 guest rooms. The renovation streamlined the look into three simple yet elegant room designs, each intertwined with the hotel’s rich history.
Rooms with two double beds were replaced by two queen-size beds and a tub to accommodate the needs of families. King rooms have a sectional sofa that folds out into a queen-size bed, in addition to a desk, armoire, flat-screen TV and modern necessities. The 54 rooms in the main historic building will be especially remarkable, featuring iron-post beds, hardwood floors and paneling.
The 126 rooms in the Spa building were renovated to reflect the spa experience. The 37,000-square-foot conference center was revamped to give it a cleaner, more upscale look. GMC had previously renovated the hotel and site following damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to the hotel, landscaping and outdoor structures.