Jekyll Island Club Hotel Review

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371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island GA 31527
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Editor’s Review of Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club Hotel celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012. What originally began as a hunting retreat for America's millionaires of 1886, including names like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Gould, Astor, Pulitzer and Morgan, has become a fixture of not only Jekyll Island but of all of Georgia's Golden Isles. The Victorian hotel features wraparound porches and wooden shingles and floors nestled among towering palms and moss-draped oaks. White wicker rocking chairs invite families to sit back and take in the natural environment of the island, where wild deer, sea birds and other creatures make a daily appearance.

Jekyll Island is an entire state park, protected by the state of Georgia from overdevelopment, which is perfectly
... more fine for the visitors and residents of the sleepy island.

In 1986, the hotel was restored to its initial splendor, where architects had to rely on old photographs to recreate staircases and colors. All rooms, restaurants and the lobby received a renovation in 2009; however, the rooms still feel more dated than historical. Still, there is something to be said of staying at a hotel with more than 125 years of history. less
Our Editor Loves
  • Historic setting on a national park
  • 20 miles of bike paths
  • Onsite dining options
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • DVD Player
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
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Located in Jekyll Island's National Landmark Historic District, Jekyll Island Club offers 157 guest rooms and suites in five distinct settings. Rooms are 100 percent smoke free (anyone caught smoking inside is charged a $175 cleaning fee), and each room is equipped with a clock radio featuring an iPod dock, a 32-inch flat-screen TV, DVD player, in-room safe, coffeemaker and mini bar. The entire hotel is wireless and all rooms receive complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

The Clubhouse
The main building is referred to as the Clubhouse, and resembles the original building created 125 years ago for its wealthy guests. As this portion of the hotel once housed the servants, as well as the guests, some rooms can get "cozy," so be sure to alert the staff of your family size during booking. This location also features rooms connected by an enclosed balcony, which makes a nice family setting. The hotel can confirm connecting rooms in this building. These rooms offer views of the river.

The Annex
Added on to the hotel in 1901, the Annex features 54 rooms and suites with either views of the courtyard or the croquet lawn.

Sans Souci
Once the apartment accommodations for J.P. Morgan, and one of Georgia's first condos, Sans Souci means "without care." The building houses 24 rooms in what remain a more condo-like environment, with high ceilings and working fireplaces.

Crane Cottage
Constructed in 1917, Crane Cottage was known as the "most expensive and elegant winter home ever built on Jekyll." A grand centerpiece to the historic district, the Italian villa is now a part of the hotel, featuring 13 rooms for guests. This cottage, renovated in 2001, is often rented out fully to bridal parties and their families during weddings, but if weddings are not being held, the rooms are available for regular guests. However, even if you book a room in the cottage, you can be bumped due to a wedding.

Cherokee
Another former winter cottage, Cherokee is named for Georgia's state flower, the Cherokee rose. Also built in Italian renaissance style, the home houses 10 guest rooms and is also often booked to house large families and small weddings in doubles and king suites. The first floor features a billiards room and main hall.

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