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Jekyll Island Club Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527   |  
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$175 Including Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Anniversary weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

Awestruck as we drove up to this magnificent inn. The grand dining room was not only beautifully decorated for the holidays, but the meals were just wonderful. Had a beautiful fireplace in our room, which we used, but was disappointed in the hefty charge for a young man to bring 3 "grocery store" pressed logs up & light them... The balcony off our room was in desperate need of a paint job! The bedding is in need of an update as well (3 pillows on a king bed), but, all in all, it was a delightful weekend.

Stayed December 2012
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My husband and I fell in love with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Well-aware of our love and appreciation for the grand, old hotels (bastions of history and culture),our children gave us a trip to Jekyll Island Club Hotel as a Christmas gift (Heritage Tour Package). Upon arrival, we were greeted with the news that the Jr. Presidential Suite that we had previously booked was undergoing renovation and that we would be moved to the Presidential Suite for our three-night stay at no extra cost. The Suite offers old-world charm complete with fireplace and antiques as well as modern amenities catering to the needs of the most discriminating guests. Chilled Champagne and assorted chocolate delights served on doilies arrived shortly after check-in. The Hotel's signature turret is located inside the Presidential Suite and is readily accessed by a spiral staircase leading to inside and outside landings, gateways to amazing views . My husband and I giggled as we carried (carefully) our morning coffee up those winding steps to the top of the turret where we encountered a breathtaking morning view of the Jekyll River and surrounding wildlife. The bird population is abundant here, and Jekyll Island serves as one of the 18 sites along Georgia's Birding Trail. We would have enjoyed this serene ambiance longer but thoughts of the forthcoming buffet breakfast directed us towards the Grand Dining Room. We were not disappointed. It was a breakfast feast with my favorite hand-ground grits, sausage gravy and piping hot biscuits, fresh fruit, and yummy bakery goods plus bottomless gourmet coffee. I commented to a staff member that "breakfast was as pretty as it was delicious." Next on our agenda was the personally-narrated tram ride through the historical district. Our tour guide was fun and funny and knew many of the particulars of the "rich and famous" residents who once vacationed here (1888-1942). Her stories highlighted little-known antics of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgans, Cranes, Pulitzers and others. Many of the mansion-sized cottages of these celebrated, financial giants have been renovated and now house guests. I especially enjoyed the actual "Club House" that reflects privileged life during "the Gilded Age". The tour of the Hotel was equally informative and interesting. Our knowledgeable guide, the concierge, shared stories and anecdotes relative to the Hotel's vast and often colorful history. There was an excellent variety of restaurants and eateries suitable to a range of budgets. We had dinner at the Courtyard at Crane, an alfresco restaurant that looks like an Italian Renaissance Villa. No one seemed to notice our casual dress and the food and service were outstanding. We also visited the Hotel's bakery-delicatessen, Cafe Solterra, for quick, yet tasty meals. A trip high-light, oozing with southern hospitality, was the Hotel's afternoon "High Tea". A spread of delicate finger-foods including petite cucumber tea sandwiches, scones with fruit compote, and dainty confection-concoctions lending themselves to "Lemon Curd" or Devonshire Cream, graced the table. A large selection of traditional and exotic teas complete with Sugar Swizzle Sticks was available. I vowed to introduce our granddaughters to the glorious "High Tea" and next time we will all be wearing hats. Our last night at the Hotel, my husband and I treated ourselves to dinner in the Hotel's Grand Dining Room, beautifully restored in the Victorian mode with its Ionic columns and expansive views of the Jekyll River. Our meal was exceptional (I ordered Cottage Crab Cakes) and our waiter was professional without being stuffy, friendly and funny while being attentive and efficient. Jekyll Island offers a wealth of leisure activities ranging from golfing (The historic Grand Dunes Golf Course with original links laid in 1910 is located on the ocean), boating and fishing excursions (Our grandsons would love this), Dolphin cruises, swimming, horse-back riding, walking, and my favorite, croquet, an outdoor activity I loved as a kid. Jekyll Island is a paradise for shoppers. All of the stores are unusual and boutique-like but my favorites are "Jekyll Books in the Old Infirmary" and "Santa's Christmas Shoppe". A visit to Faith Chapel which features two inspiring stained glass windows, one bearing the name of Louis Tiffany, is a "must-do" activity while on the Island.This incredible Chapel is not included on the tram tour and might be over-looked.Before leaving Jekyll Island, we visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a dedicated hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. It is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia and many visitors choose to contribute to its admirable mission. We were reluctant to leave Jekyll Island. We agreed that one of the great factors in making our trip so enjoyable and memorable is the over-the top service of the Hotel's pleasant and helpful employees who love the Hotel and take pride in its impressive history and heritage. Each guest is made to feel valued and special. The Hotel is an excellent choice for special celebrations, family vacations, and true retreats from busy work schedules and daily pressures. My husband and I take advantage of seasonal rates, promotions, and hotel packages which often include meals and activities. We are not shy about pricing accommodation upgrades. While the Jekyll Island Hotel was once available only to the financially and socially elite, it now invites and welcomes ordinary individuals to be an important part of its extraordinary heritage and hospitality. This Hotel is "Wow" in all areas.

Room Tip: While we had booked the Jr. Presidential Suite which was undergoing renovation while we were there...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed here 21 years ago when I proposed to my wife so we were excited to be back. At first glance our room seemed nice but once we settled in we noticed many things that were disappointing for a room of this price (a little over $300 per night after taxes and fees). It was apparent the the room had not been deep cleaned in a long time. The bathroom was not very clean at all. There were some hairs on the sink counter, a huge ugly (mold?) stain on the ceiling and the tile floor was not clean. We had a good dinner at the restaurant on the pier. On the walk back to our room in the Sansuci (sp?) building the fire alarm was going off and smoke smells filled the building. Each room has a working wood burning fireplace and rather than calling the front desk for service S clearly posted by fireplace, a guest tried to start a fire in the fireplace on their own and forgot to open the damper and the subsequent smoke set off the alarms. Needles to say we didn't sleep very well that night. A nice touch were the two Christmas stockings with some goodies left on our bed that evening.

Breakfast was included with our room And was good. The dining room is absolutely beautiful and the wait staff was attentive. All and all we had a pleasant stay but based on our previous stay we expected better room accommodations for the price.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Third visit, beautiful resort with incredible service. The property is gorgeous and there is so much to see and do, including relaxing. Make sure to enjoy dinner or a breakfast buffet there. Nothing disappointing. Hint: you can find seasonal discounts through their Facebook page.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We stayed here over Christmas. It was very festive; service was great. The special Christmas dinner was superb. We loved the place and will go again. The grounds were so nice and the decorations were pretty.

Room Tip: We lucked out and got the Anniversary special rate, which was great. A very nice king bed.The place...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

It was perfectly relaxing. Only a two night getaway, but I would have liked to stay longer. The staff is superb. Always helpful, and almost always cheerful (there is always one who isn't). Even though it was a special low rate, we were still treated like favored guests. It is a shame that they are so low on business at this time of year. It actually makes it a perfect time to go. We felt like we had almost everything to ourselves. The room was excellent, by our standards, very modern where needed, but with all the character you would expect in a 125 year old resort. This is part of Georgia's hidden treasure, and if you haven't been here, you are missing a treat. The grounds were beautiful day and night (decorated for Christmas). The only downside is lousy cell phone reception, but if you want to really get away, that is perfect.

Room Tip: I don't think there could be a bad room in this place. If it were full, I would steer clear, if...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is beautiful, it leaves you a little awestruck when you drive up as it looks so old and grand. Upon closer inspection it is apparent that it could use a fresh coat of paint in spots and a little TLC.. The grounds are immaculate.

We took advantage of their anniversary special and upgraded to the deluxe king for $25 a night... Well worth it as this "oversized" room was still a little small by today's standards. However it included a beautiful glass enclosed balcony which was one of the highlights of the room.

The bed was super comfortable and I don't usually find many beds comfortable... The main complaint I had was that they closed off many of the walkways around the hotel when the morning dew hit because they were slippery.. This made it difficult to find the cafe and other things.. It became maze like and I didn't understand why they couldn't put some kind of Matt out if this is a daily problem?? All of that caution tape made it look like a crime scene.

All in all this was a great stay and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Jekyll Island
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Jekyll Island Club Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 157
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gracious Jekyll Island Georgia accommodations set the stage for your landmark experience. The resort presents 157 rooms and suites in five historic settings. ... more   less 
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