Known for its breathtaking rooftop view of Punta Gorda and Charlotte Harbor, its 88 Keys Restaurant and Art Deco Piano Bar and commitment to displaying the works of local artists such as Gabriele Childs, Jill Lindsay and Howard Spielman through a partnership with the Visual Arts Center Punta Gorda, the iconic Wyvern Hotel celebrates its grand reopening today with an impressive lineup of community leaders. Those on hand will include Mayor Rachel Keesling, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce President John Wright, Charlotte County Tourism Director Lorah Steiner, Visual Arts Center Punta Gorda Executive Director Janet Watermeier and Interior Decorator Carrie Nemec, responsible for the upgrades and renovations to the 88 Keys Restaurant & Bar.
“Today is a new day, in a new year, when we present to you a new hotel,” said Deanne Gabel, General Manager of The Wyvern Hotel. “We are so excited and proud to bring the Grand Dame of Punta Gorda back to her original grandeur and renew our commitment to be a cornerstone of this outstanding community.”
The Wyvern recently completed a significant renovation and upgrade program, featuring the redesign of 88 Keys and its Piano Bar, upgrades to its guest rooms, new rooftop Chef’s Herb Garden, and new valet parking service for in-house guests. Additional property enhancements are planned for guest enjoyment during First Quarter 2018.
Now independently owned and operated by Sunbelt Asset Management, an affiliate of The Edgewater Group of Paoli, PA, the hotel has a brand new team of top notch executives in place in addition to Gabel, which includes Director of Sales & Marketing Mary Keller, Executive Chef Josh Booze, and Director of Food and Beverage Ryan Henyecz.
The 63-room Wyvern Hotel is a luxury lifestyle Condé Nast Johansens property located in the beautifully restored historic downtown district of Punta Gorda. The hotel features the 88 Keys Contemporary American Cuisine Restaurant and Art Deco Piano Bar with capacity for 130 people, the rooftop Perch 360 Restaurant and Bar for up to 130 people, offering live entertainment and the best view of Punta Gorda’s bustling avenues and majestic yachts of Charlotte Harbor, and the River Room private function space for up to 50.
Within walking distance and short drives from The Wyvern Hotel are waterside shopping, the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Garden, The Harborwalk, a 98-slip marina and Fishermen’s Village on Charlotte Harbor. Punta Gorda, easily reached by I-75 along Florida’s South-Central Gulf Coast, just North of Fort Myers and South of Sarasota, is known for its royal palm lines streets, old Florida-era tin-roofed homes wide verandas, brick lanes, street lamps and benches, biking, boating, fishing, shopping, biking and more.