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Chris Arneson helps renovate Harbor House Hotel & Marina, Galveston Island

Harbor House Hotel and Marina, Galveston's only harbor view hotel, reopened following a $1.7-million renovation that saw the introduction of a new look and modern appointments. The hotel's 42 guestrooms now offer an industrial feel with all new furniture, lighting, bedding, flooring and bathrooms.

As guests enter the new lobby, they are greeted by a check-in desk made of mahogany and backlit honeycomb onyx, as well as a new SoCo lighting above the desk including a socket and cord system with vintage Thomas Edison bulbs.

The hotel has three different room types, each with their own paint motif. Suites (or "The Captain's Quarters") offer a king size bed, living area painted in a neutral palette, a sleeper sofa, dining area for four and orange accent wall in the bedroom. King rooms (or "The Admiral") offer king size bed with a green accent wall. Meanwhile, "The Skipper" rooms have double queen size beds and a charcoal accent wall. Both king and double queen rooms offer a sitting area.

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All rooms have fully renovated bathrooms which are now flooded with light from a frosted glass wall. Bathrooms have modern amenities including custom designed floating vanities, semi-mount vessels, wall-mounted faucets and most with walk-in showers. A special aspect of each guestroom is the custom built-in four-in-one cabinet, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, desk and dresser.

All rooms have a 46 inch LED flat screen television, custom upholstered bedding system by SK textiles, custom headboards and Simmons Pillow Top Mattresses. The new 300 thread count linens are also from SK textiles, and modern window shades by the Shade Store. As part of the renovation, the hotel laid 40,000 square feet of new tile throughout the 42-room hotel.

The rooms have nautical themed photography printed on aluminum by Kayla Mitchell. She captured images from Galveston Island to create pieces that are unique to the hotel. The redesign of the property was under the direction of Lori Mitchell, design director for Mitchell Historic Properties.

Guest corridors are covered in a flooring system by Chilewich, laid in a custom tonal stripe, creating interest in both color and texture as guests enter their room. Chris Arneson of Building Solutions, a local Galveston contractor, was enlisted for the project, as well as Custom Millwork by Wood Solutions.

Other interior design items to note are the Mitchell Gold +Bob Williams chairs and sleepers, Made Goods nightstands and lamps, Vitra Verner Panton chairs, and George Kovacs lighting. Accent wall colors are Benjamin Moore's Fire Dance, Caldwell Green and Kendall Charcoal. Benjamin Moore White Dove and Northern Cliffs were used elsewhere.

Harbor House, which opened in 1993, is located at Pier 21. All guestrooms offer a view of the port, a seating area, refrigerator, microwave and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers a complimentary Continental breakfast and signing privileges at the Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, both Wyndham Grand Hotels.

Harbor House Hotel & Marina is managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. Harbor House is a 42-room hotel and nine-slip marina located at Pier 21 overlooking Galveston's historic harbor. Pier 21 offers a variety of dining options and attractions and is within walking distance of Galveston's historic Strand District.

Pier 21 is a waterfront entertainment and dining area located on Galveston's historic harbor in The Historic Strand Seaport Area. Pier 21 offers waterfront dining, a variety of attractions, including harbor tours, a documentary theater and museums as well as Harbor House, the only hotel and marina on Galveston's harbor. Mitchell Historic Properties (MHP) owns and preserves approximately one-fourth of the buildings in The Historic Strand Seaport Area including Pier 21.