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Jekyll Island Club Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527   |  
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$169 with Breakfast for 2
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
North Canton, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“True Southren hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This place has a incredible history and is very well preserved. Just seeing the "cottages" that were built by the rich and famous from the 1890's - 1920's. We stayed in Sans Souci. Our room was great and the history behind it made it even more so. The rooms are not brand new, but they are clean for a classic hotel. We ate in the Grand Dining Room with morning breakfast and great evening meals. loved and interacted with the staff. The property is beautiful and we had our bicycles and a trail to circle the island. The pool was great at the end of the day and having the Latitude 31 Seafood Restaurant at The Pier was a plus.

Room Tip: Sans Souci Away from main hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Gainesville, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Summertime here would be fabulous, with the swimming pool and he beach club. Mid-October, not so much. The bottom line (so you can stop reading this now if you want): I felt it was overpriced for the value received. True, the site is absolutely stunning. The village of millionaires past sits in a grove of old oaks, and the hotel has a nice vibe. Our queen room in the main hotel was smaller than Toyko hotels we have stayed in. It was clean and everything worked, but at 9 a.m. we woke to serious weed trimming noise that carried on until 11. Too cold to swim, but we played golf, took a walk on the beach, had a nice early-bird dinner (22.95 fixed price for salad, bread, and a smallish but delicious entree choice)), and the next morning paid for bikes for a lovely ride along the beach. So why does this get a three-star review? We could have spent a lot less money by staying in a cheaper, and still very adequate, motel by the beach and still have done everything we did.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We have stayed there 2 years in a row to watch our daughter play in the Jekyll Island Collegiate Golf Invitational. The location is ideal. The nearby restaurant on the pier is really good. On the weekends there has been a live band playing outside on the pier which makes it a nice place to sit and enjoy a drink and listen. The grounds of the hotel are lovely and what I picture of the south. The rooms are smaller but very comfortable and with modern conveniences. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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boston Ma
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had a double room in the annex and it wasn't large but it was beautifully furnished.
It was a huge problem figuring which beautiful place to sit! The porches were lovely.
The buffet breakfast was a great bargain for $ 11.95-very nice , especially on the window lined side room.
We rented bikes and rode around, explored in the other buildings, and went across the road for a drink at a nearby restaurant at sunset. They also have a beach pavillion on the beach side of the island-chairs and umbrellas are free and are set up for you.
So our room was a fall special, for just over $ 140, with a $15 resort fee and taxes. Worth it-I would love to go back

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Covington, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My wife and I have stayed here many times and consider it a large part of the treat of going to the Georgia-Florida football game every year. While the hotel and staff are great, the restaurant is the real reason we visit. It is our favorite restaurant anywhere and we have been over about half the world. Actually we live outside Atlanta and have found no restaurant in Atlanta that compares. Stay at this hotel at least once, take dinner and the Sunday brunch buffet in the restaurant and you will find classic Southern charm and atmosphere like you see in magazines. Wonderful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Lake City, South Carolina
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

After visiting Jekyll Island for the first time last year I HAD to stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. It was well worth the money and anticipation. The hotel and grounds are southern beauty at its finest! We sat on the veranda and enjoyed the view of the river and live oaks. The food was superb. Do not let the prices stop you from enjoying the breakfast buffet.
The hotel staff was extremely friendly and wiling to help the guests. We enjoyed the shuttle service to the beach as well as having chairs and an umbrella set up for us (unlike having to lug everything with you if you are staying at the Hampton Inn). I recommend renting bikes and exploring the grounds. We spent half a day pedaling around the river side of the island.
My one complaint (sort of) was my surprise at the lack of concern when the bathroom vent/tile fell on me when we came in from dinner one night. Water was pooling above the vent and a previous patch job must have entailed sticking towels in the ceiling. The weight from the water soaked towels caused it to fall, a random coincidence that I walk in when it fell. We called the front desk to have someone address the issue. No one asked if I was o.k. and the wait time was quite long. Considering a huge liability issue, I thought having a vent/tile falling on guests would take priority. This issue would not stop me from returning.
I recommend staying here if you are looking for a quiet, relaxing place to unwind and take in the charms of the South.

Room Tip: Splurge to have a larger room. Our room was quite small.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buckingham, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Club Hotel is a bit pricey but we were able to take advantage of a 40% off special offer so our room was a "mid-level" accommodation in the exclusive Sans Souci which had a huge bedroom with a round turret and working fireplace, large bathroom, and expansive covered balcony on the second floor. The balcony is actually shared with the room next door but the occupants never came out there when we were there. Even if they had, it wouldn't have been a problem because the balcony was so big. Everything was extremely clean and well-maintained and every staff person, from the receptionist to the bell boy to the housekeeping staff to the restaurant staff to the grounds maintenance crew was friendly, helpful and extremely polite and courteous. There are several dining options: the Grand Dining Room where we had several breakfasts, a Sunday Brunch and afternoon Victorian Tea; Courtyard at Crane which serves Mediterranean inspired meals; Café Solterra which offers sandwiches, pizza, bagels & pastries (their version of "fast food") and the Pub, which was promoting Oktoberfest with some german-style fare (we opted for bratwurst with brown mustard and sauerkraut on a pretzel roll and delicious german potato salad) plus room service. There is also a bar and restaurant on the adjacent wharf. All of the food was delicious but the dinner we had at the Courtyard at Crane was extremely memorable--the filet mignon with lobster and Havarti mornay sauce literally melted in your mouth! It was a bit pricey--our bill came to $91 (and we didn't order any alcohol or wine) for 2 entrees which come with a salad and bread and 2 desserts--but well worth the splurge. Amenities are many and varied--there's a pool, bicycle rentals, tram tours of the historic area, horse-drawn carriage rides, trail rides along the beach and in the palm forest, 4 golf courses, a private beach pavilion with snack bar and scores of boat trips/charters and that's not all. We were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary with a 2nd honeymoon and this was the perfect place. Only one real complaint--if your are looking for quiet at night, avoid being there on the weekend. The noise from the live music at the bar on the wharf was overwhelming at times and one night we had to turn on the TV to drown it out in our room. There were also two weddings which produced a few loud, stumbling drunks on Saturday night that were interesting and entertaining to watch from our 2nd floor balcony but didn't really promote the romantic ambience we were trying to conjure on a perfect moonlit evening.

Room Tip: If you can splurge a little, try to get a room in Sans Souci which was originally built as a 6 apart...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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