Flick-Mars renovates South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center

South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, a hotel and conference center in Southeast Texas, is undergoing a renovation that is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2016. Highlights of the update include a marina-side pool and deck, a re-appointed restaurant, 238 redesigned guestrooms and two multi-level penthouses, a new welcoming exterior and a lobby bar with panoramic views of the water, as well as a new upgraded air conditioning system and LED energy-efficient lighting.

The property is owned by American National Insurance Company, and is managed by 1859 Historic Hotels.

The renovation was based on recommendations from hospitality consultant T.R. Engel Group, which is also project managing the renovation. Dallas-based Flick-Mars is reinventing the hotel’s entrance, public spaces and guestrooms. Gilbane is the general contractor.


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According to Matt Mars, architect and principal at Flick-Mars, the design was inspired by the elements in the property's own backyard, including the nautical influences of the harbor and the teak woods, polished chrome and detailing of the yachts. These elements are being included into the design of the space by adding new millwork to create a modern presentation.

Upon completion of the renovations, the property will have a new welcoming porte cochere draped with material that pays homage to the black and white striped lighthouse within view. There will also be outdoor lounge seating flanking the entrance, as well as a redesigned lobby with check-in pods. In the lobby bar, there will be a communal “great room” gathering space overlooking the water.

New furniture, window treatments and a cosmetic facelift will also be done in the restaurant, Paradise Reef.

South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center’s 238 guestrooms and two 1,200-square-foot multi-level penthouse suites will undergo a complete upgrade with new beds, bedding, furnishings and finishes. The rooms will similarly have a 43-inch LG television, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, in-room safe, seating, porthole wall art, new balcony furniture and marble desks. Guest bathrooms will include new decorative mirrors, new lighting and upgraded linens and amenities.

The resort’s marina-side pool and deck will similarly be overhauled, and upon completion, will have new cabanas and water features, additional seating and an event/entertainment space. Landscape architect firm Landology will execute the redesign for the resort pool area. Looking onto the pool area will be a new fitness center.