Just returned from a fantastic long weekend at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. I booked this about 2 months ago for a birthday weekend for my mother. I took my 9 year old son as well. We arrived about 5 pm on a friday and were checked in quickly to room 4207-Sans Souci. Beautiful double double room with a large turret alcove and veranda. Bathroom was quite spacious with an abundance of towels. There was no storage area in the bathroom and that would have been nice, but we made do. The beds were a bit dated and felt like a hammock. My mother was unable to sleep on the last night due to the sagging bed. But we were all together and the atmosphere and ambiance almost made the awful night disappear-almost! We had no problems with noise except for a cat fight one night and that was just downright funny! The heat was difficult but we just turned it down while getting ready for bed and slept with it cold-very toasty covers. I should note that the hotel was almost completely booked with various organizations and a few weddings but I never felt like it was too crowded, or that the service was lacking.
The history at the Club is fantastic and I would definitely do the hotel tour next time we visit. We had breakfast in the grand dining room twice and the sunday buffet-all were outstanding and the service was wonderful. We also had dinner in the Grand Dining Room and that was super as well. The wait staff and very courteous and I felt exceptional in their service. We did have dinner at Crane Cottage one night and of course it was excellent as well.
We rented bikes - they had any kind of bike you needed including one for infants and toddlers to ride on the back as well as a type of tandem one for parents and a 5 or 6 year old to ride together if the child is unable to ride a 2 wheeler. Cheap too at $9 for a half day. This was such fun-and we had a lovely time riding around looking for 'island treasures'.
Next time I would definitely choose to stay in a king suite in Crane or Cherokee. They have weddings in these cottages every weekend so they may be full of wedding guests.
The historical village is located all around the club and it was so much fun walking and shopping and sightseeing.
What made the weekend even all the more fantastic was our room rate-$126./ night. !!!!!
Completely worth every penny. The dining costs were standard for a fine restaurant.
We have decided to make this an annual January trip! Highly recommend!
** I am 44 and my mother 68 and there were many 20 somethings at the hotel. However if you are looking for night life try Jax Beach. My 9 year old had the time of his life and cried on our flight home because he wanted to go back to 'Jekyll Island'.