Jekyll Island Club Hotel
What We Love
- The club’s Victorian grandeur and manicured grounds surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway
- A stone’s throw from the island’s 240-acre museum-packed historic district
- On-site dining options abound: Have high tea in the Riverview Lounge off the Grand Dining Room, lunch at Café Solterra and dinner at Courtyard at Crane Cottage
- Soaking in South Georgia sun from the island’s remote beaches or by the club’s pool, open year-round
- Quiet distractions, from the cozy library and lawn croquet to the putting green and pool
- Free beach shuttle to the other side of the island
What To Know
- Jekyll is known for its slower pace; come ready to relax and unplug, either as a family or on a romantic retreat
- Free WiFi can be slow; not ideal for working vacations
- Dining choices on the island are limited, but there are five on-site options
- Emphasis on the outdoors means room decor is a tad uninspiring
- The island is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida; for private arrival by air, plan to fly directly into Jekyll Airport, a mile away
- Entry onto the island is $6 per car, so plan ahead with cash
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, you’ll be next to a golf course and minutes from Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and close to Jekyll Island Golf Club. This family-friendly resort is within close proximity of Jekyll Island State Park and Jekyll Harbor Marina.
Make yourself at home in one of the 157 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and coffee/tea makers.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Thirsty? Quench your thirst at a bar/lounge, a beach bar, or a poolside bar. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a fee.
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Jekyll Island? This resort has 8500 square feet (790 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
First, the disclaimer: this hotel was built in the late 1800s - early 1900s. Therefore, the rooms and bathrooms are smallish and not filled with every modern convenience. If you don't understand and appreciate this fact, then choose to stay somewhere else.
Now, that being said, for those of us who do enjoy history and historical settings, what a wonderful visit this was! The grounds were well-cared for and gorgeous, with lots of flowers and large, Spanish moss-dripping live oaks. Everything in the historic district is easily walkable from the club hotel, including the Sea Turtle Center and the temporary Museum shop (no exhibits are currently open; however, the 90 minute tram tour is excellent). We took a walk every evening and enjoyed some beautiful sunsets from the wharf area.
We stayed in Sans Souci, which was an easy walk to the main clubhouse and also to the Wharf Restaurant. The original woodwork and stained glass are beautiful. Our room was a traditional king with a comfortable half-oval sitting area, working fireplace and a shared balcony. Since it was June and hot, we didn't use the balcony or the fireplace, but nice that we could. There are stairs and no elevator, which was not a problem for us, but the bellmen were so helpful I'm certain they would take care of anyone who needed help with luggage.
The Grand Dining Room in the main club has a very good breakfast buffet daily for $16.95. The main entrée changes each day, with grits, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, etc. available also. There is also a to-go option at The Pantry, with espresso drinks, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, yogurt, pastries, etc. available. Pick up some breakfast there and sit on the shady courtyard veranda (complete with ceiling fans) to enjoy!
Yes, the hotel charges a daily resort fee, but for that, some of the wonderful things included (which I wish they would highlight more on their website): A shuttle that will take you anywhere on the island you wish to go; complimentary morning coffee which was excellent (I am a coffee snob); free newspaper daily; full access to the Ocean Club's amenities (we put on swimsuits and rode the shuttle to the Ocean Club; the pool has showers and a restroom, beach towels, nice folks who will set up an umbrella and chairs on the beach for you, and the Corsair restaurant will serve you poolside lunch), a fitness room and more.
We ate at the Wharf for a dinner which was good with a great view, and also live music on the weekends. My favorite meal was the Grand Dining room dinner (there is a dress code!) with live piano player who was very good. Ocean Club poolside lunch from the Corsair was excellent. As I mentioned above, we also tried breakfast at The Pantry, which was fine. We did not try the lunch at the Pool Café or The Pantry, but I'm sure they'd be good based upon our experience elsewhere.
Everyone we encountered at the Club Hotel and Ocean Club was very friendly and helpful, but an extra special shout-out to the shuttle drivers and bell folks who were always helpful answering questions and willing to make sure we got anywhere we wanted to go.
Overall a beautiful and relaxing vacation, which I would recommend to all the history buffs out there.
My family just completed a 50th Wedding Anniversay celebration at the Jekyll Island Club Resort from June 11-16. The staff were so gracious and accommodating and the lodging was beyond exceptional. The grounds were perfect for family activities and the rocking chairs on the porches afforded the opportunity for wonderful conversations. Our dinner at the Crane Cottage catered by the resort was perfect for our guests and oh, so delicious. This is the perfect vacation spot for my family. Thank you Jekyll Island Club Resort staff!!!
We have been going to Jekyll Island for at least 25 years. We have traveled many places and this is the spot we keep going back to visit. It never disappoints. The historical charm and the staff at the Club Resort never fail to make you feel special.
We actually relax, slow down and enjoy all the beautiful sights and buildings the island has to offer. Highly recommend.
My husband and I absolutely love this place. It’s a great venue to get married and we love coming back for some much needed rest and relaxation. The southern charm and exclusivity of the property is why we keep coming back.💕
The food was very good, but our waitress was distracted, and we had to retrieve items from her station. We arrived without a reservation, but were seated immediately. The price reflects the quality of the food.