This is the second time we have stayed here, the first time being for a soccer tournament in the late fall, so playing in the water and laying on the beach was not the planned activity as it was this time. However, our stay last time led us to come back, and we were not disappointed. The place is right on the beach, has two swimming pools (outdoors), and a hot tub. The breakfast room is great, providing a nice view of the ocean, and the breakfast is really good as well. The rooms are typical for a Days Inn, so they are quite adequate, but not outstanding or close to anything considered well appointed (indeed, rather basic). They come with a moderately sized mini-fridge that is unstocked so you can put all your drinks and food inside, and a small microwave. There are a couple of picnic tables with charcoal grills outside. The rooms were quite clean and did not have that worn-out beach look common to beach hotels. I note pleasantly that the ice machines were reasonably plentiful and used filtered water (tap water on the island is not great).
On the downside, anyone going here should not expect recently modernized rooms. The TV is not a flat screen and not overly big. It would be nice if the breakfast had something like hard boiled eggs (still, it is a very good and diverse breakfast: you won't go hungry).
As for location, they are about as close to the beach as you can hope to get, and the beach at that end of the island is not overly populated. (I am not sure it is anywhere on the island.) When we got there, the front desk had a sign saying that the Sea Turtle center was having turtle walks at night, so we signed up. While I usually like to do things on my own, and not join such walks, I figured they would take us to an area most likely to have sea turtles coming up on the beach to nest. I was a bit amused when they gave us directions to park just north of the hotel, and then the walk proceeded to take us in front of the hotel and a couple hundreds yards further south. Turns out the first sea turtle spotted that night was somewhat north of the hotel (so we went up there to watch it lay eggs and move back to the ocean), and the second one spotted was a bit further to the south of the hotel. That said, while the hotel is wonderfully situated, I would recommend the sea turtle walk with the guides since they find out where turtles are from the turtle patrol, and also have the appropriate lights.
I should mention that the staff is great as well, much above the typical 2.5 star hotel.
My bottom line is that the hotel is a great budget choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Beach location, Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast included, Two brand new pools (one heated in winter), Hot Tub, Kiddy Pool, Bike Rentals on property. All rooms offer micro fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board. Oceanfront one bedroom suites offer full kitchen to include small refrigerator, microwave, two burner stove, pots & pans, dishes, separate living room area with queen sofa sleeper, two TVs, patio or private balcony depending on floor. Recent upgrades include: All rooms offer Pillow Top mattress, 32" LCD flat screen televisions, new Snack Shack located at front desk in lobby offering 24 hour service of snacks, candy drinks including beer & wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Days Inn And Suites Oceanside Hotel
- Days Inn Hotel Oceanside
- Days Inn Jekyll Island
- Jekyll Island Days Inn