The Holiday Inn Resort is a nice addition to Jekyll Island. I was eager to try out the new hotel and was pleased overall.
This is not a new hotel, but it is a complete reconstruction making the hotel new in almost every way. The basic structure remains - a sprawling multi story facility with exterior room entrances and balconies facing the beach. There are a few quirks - the elevator is accessed from outside rather than the lobby - but overall the design was well done. The color scheme is loaded with pleasing blues and blue greens - perfect for a beach hotel. The facility is modern and contemporary.
As far as a resort hotel is concerned, it's a minimalist facility. Nice rooms, a pool, a playground, and the beach. There are no real amenities typically found in a real resort.
Rooms are nice. The rooms were completely redone. Each room has an individual HVAC unit controlled with a thermostat. I found my room a little cool and drafty when the AC was blowing. I propped a couple of pillow on the bed to block the draft. The bed, bath, and furnishings were new - and pleasant. My one complaint is the idea of having a heavy comforter and a sheet on the bed - and nothing in between. A summer weight blanket, comforter or throw would make a lot more sense at the beach.
The restaurant is outside near the pool. It's basically a snack bar that serves meals. I thought the food was marginal and over priced. The breakfast menu was quite limited. Orange juice was the same kind you buy in any grocery - definitely not fresh squeezed. The food was not bad - just nothing I would seek out. And given the medium to lower quality, it was overpriced.
There was complimentary coffee in the hotel lobby, but it was not available until 7:00 AM. The restaurant did not open until after 7:00. If you are interested in an early start, there is no place to get fresh coffee, fruit, or a snack.
I had one minor complaint. The lower level lights in one section of rooms were left on overnight - in spite of regulations requiring lights out for the nesting sea turtles. I reported this to the desk on two consecutive days and also to the manager the second time. The manager assured me the issue would be resolved. Hopefully it was resolved. In all other respects staff was friendly and helpful.
Overall, the Holiday Inn is a nice addition. Compared to other properties on the island, I would place it a notch below the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in terms of amenities, and slightly below the Hampton Inn. If I was returning and wanted a hotel in that price range, I'd probably choose the Hampton because of complimentary breakfast, coffee, and comparable rooms. With a spouse or companion who liked the pool and beach, the facility is nice and is a good option.
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- Also Known As:
- Oceanside Inn And Suites
- Oceanside Hotel Jekyll Island
- Oceanside Jekyll Island
- Oceanside Inn Jekyll Island