Hotels in Jekyll Island, Georgia

by Laura Latzko

Once a private vacation spot for millionaires, Jekyll Island offers beaches filled with shells and sand dollars and is home to a turtle rehabilitation center, historic district with buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and nature center with animals such as alligators. Historic and chain hotels on Jekyll Island sit on or near the Atlantic Ocean. The island features a range of hotels, from budget to luxury, that offer amenities such as guest rooms and suites with ocean views or year-round outdoor swimming pools.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

A National Historic Landmark that opened in the late 19th century, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel features a Victorian-style design, with a grand staircase, veranda, yacht dock and sunken garden with a reflecting pool. For people flying into Jekyll Island, the hotel has a private airstrip. Hotel staff provides carriage rides along hotel grounds, and the facility offers a children’s program that includes dolphin watching tours and field trips to the Summer Waves Water Park. The hotel provides croquet and miniature golf courses and also rents out kayaks and paddle boats. In one of the lounges, hotel staff provides tea, scones and pastries during daily afternoon teas. A grand dining room, which overlooks the Jekyll River, hosts live piano music nightly, and the art gallery features works by Georgia artists. Guest rooms, suites and cottages come with amenities such whirlpool tubs, Victorian-style furniture or French doors opening onto furnished balconies. Hotel packages include use of an 18-hole golf course, cooking classes in a hotel kitchen, massage treatments, tours of the island’s historic district, passes to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, access to private holiday parties and use of nearby tennis courts.

Jekyll Oceanfront Resort

Jekyll Oceanfront Resort sits a short drive from Jekyll Island’s beaches and features a spacious lobby with a chandelier, a piano and a winding staircase. The family-friendly hotel offers children’s activities that include scavenger hunts and nature hikes, and it has bingo and movie nights, ice cream socials, bridge tournaments and cocktail parties during the winter. The outdoor swimming pool sits close to the ocean. The hotel offers sports activities such as shuffleboard and volleyball. A tiki bar hosts live musical acts, and an on-site restaurant serves seafood meals. Some guest rooms and villas have balconies or patios overlooking the ocean or the courtyard.

Days Inn and Suites Jekyll Island

Located close to the Tidelands Nature Center, Days Inn and Suites features tropical ambiance. Palm trees, benches with umbrellas and a wooden walkway leading toward the beach are found outside the hotel, which also features a lobby filled with plants and chairs with floral designs. The hotel offers two outdoor swimming pools, including a pool for children, which sit by the ocean and also has a bike rental service. Some suites feature balconies with views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, and others have kitchens with counters and stove tops. Every day, breakfast of boxed cereal and fresh fruit is offered in an area with ocean views. The hotel sits within a mile Blackbeard’s Restaurant and SeaJay’s Waterfront Cafe and Pub.

Hampton Inn and Suites Jekyll Island

Hampton Inn and Suites Jekyll Island sits within three miles of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Jekyll Harbor Marina. You only have to take a stroll along a boardwalk surrounded by oak trees to get to one of the island’s beaches, and a kidney-shaped pool and a hot tub sit in front of the hotel. Guest rooms and suites come with flat-panel TVs with on-demand movies. Some suites have balconies overlooking the pool. A daily breakfast includes chocolate chip or pecan waffles, scrambled eggs, grits or fried potatoes, and on-the-go breakfast bags come with apples or oranges, bottled water and granola bars. An on-site market sells full-size bags of chips, salsa, ice cream, TV dinners and soda, and a poolside bar serves cocktail drinks and foods such as chicken fingers, pizza and crab cakes. Hotel packages come with champagne and chocolates or use of one of the island’s golf courses and a golf cart rental.

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