Our March issue’s roundup of the South’s best new hotels wouldn’t be complete without multi-million dollar renovations of some of the classics. These five spots are worthy of a revisit after head-to-toe makeovers.
Flick-Mars is behind the brazen design choices (snakeskin-patterned bathroom walls, bold colors, zebra-print chairs) that are meant to echo the fashion of Houston’s Galleria.
hotelderek.com; $139 and up
New Orleans, LA
This Central Business District jewel was spit-shined to French vogue perfection, debuting redesigned guest rooms, lounge, and pool, and a new spa and cocktail bar.
windsorcourthotel.com; $183 and up
Miami Beach, FL
Gaudy glitz has transformed into clean lines and refreshing hues—think marble-encased bathrooms, linen and leather, and area rugs from a 120-year-old French mill.
hotelvictorsouthbeach.com; $279 and up
The Carolina Inn
Chapel Hill, NC
The four-and-a-half-year project to modernize UNC’s “Living Room,” with original antiques and a rich tribute to notable Tar Heels, is a showpiece for the passion to preserve.
carolinainn.com; $199 and up
A big-budget expansion sleeked out this 1920s landmark with multilevel penthouse suites, a bird’s-eye rooftop terrace, and CBD Provisions, a modern brasserie serving proud Texas fare.
thejouledallas.com; $299 and up