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"Best From Afar" Jekyll Island Club Hotel Tip by Daddyarewethereyet

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island: 1,117 reviews and 7 photos

Everything you have heard and read about Jekyll Island Club Hotel is true. The grounds are beautiful and from a distance, the hotel and its structures are impressive. However, any tourist considering staying on Jekyll Island would be better off staying at one of the many hotels along Atlantic beach side of the island and taking a tour of the Historic District instead. My family and I were recent guests of the Club Hotel and I have never spent a more nightmarish weekend in my life.
My family (total party of 5) arrived on a Friday for a long weekend. Instantly we could tell, the hotel was best admired from afar – as it seemed it was only the 100 plus years of paint holding it all together. I love old restored buildings, but this hotel was not restored just old. Our room for the weekend was a suite in the main hotel structure, which was a massively large room with two double beds and queen size sleeper sofa. The bathroom was equally massive in size. However, as large as the room was the single closet was almost nonexistent and the quality of the fixtures, appliances, carpet, etc. was very old and worn. However, the room condition was not a concern; it was the lack of air conditioning for the entire weekend.
Although the A/C was working, it was painfully obvious that it was not sized to cool that size of room on a hot Georgia weekend. Moreover, all of the public areas of the hotel were kept at the same hot temperature. Only after repeated complaining and insisting on some sort of compensation, we were offered two tiny separate rooms with only a single double bed in each (and a view of the broken A/C units), which would have forced us to split up our family and still be a sleep space short. We stayed the room until Sunday for our children’s sake, however I would never wasted my money on Jekyll Island again.
On a positive note: The Grand Dining Room staff and service was outstanding as was the food. Although over priced, I would highly recommend dining there if ever trapped on the island.

Unique Qualities: The grounds and the Grand Dining Room

Address: 371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Price Comparison: most expensive
Phone: +1 800-535-9547
Price: US$180 and up
Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 1, 2005
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