Grand Hotel completes renovations, earns Autograph Collection status


After a three-year, $32 million renovation of the historic property, The Grand Hotel and Spa in Point Clear began what will be the next chapter for the landmark destination.

Legacy staff members literally helped raise the flag last week in a flag-raising ceremony signifying the Grand Hotel’s entrance into the Autograph Collection of Marriott Hotels.

According to hotel officials, the Autograph Collection properties are “high end and remarkably independent while still benefitting from Marriott’s expertise.”

Regulars and first-time visitors to the Grand Hotel will enjoy many new upgrades to the facility and the grounds of the hotel, which include room redesigns throughout the property, improvements at the facility’s spa and new restaurant and dining opportunities.

The Grand’s popular pool area has been upgraded to include new amenities like cabanas, which guests and members can rent for the day. The renovations to the pool area also included the removal of bushes and other flora that had blocked guests from being able to see the beautiful beach and Bay view on site near the pool.

Several new dining opportunities are also on site for guests and the public to enjoy. The new Southern Roots and Bayside Grill restaurants will feature farm-to-table fare and upgraded menus. The Local Market, located where the gift shop used to be, will be an “all-day hot spot” with great coffee and several menu items to help fight off hunger.

Bucky’s Lounge, a staple of the Grand property, has also received several upgrades, including a new courtyard complete with updated landscaping and fire pits for people to enjoy.

“With this stunning transformation nearly complete, the historic Grand Hotel enters its next chapter with its Autograph Collection distinction,” Tony Davis, president of the RTJ Resort Collection, said. “We are debuting a modern sanctuary of golf, tennis, beach, pools and spa filled with gracious Southern charm and attentiveness. Here, as it has for over 170 years, the Grand Life beckons with hospitality and warmth flowing through the resort in cheerful abundance.”