Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Anne Reardon
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Why We Love It

  • Built in 1887 as the clubhouse and winter cottages of Gilded Age giants
  • AT&T president Theodore Vail answered the first transcontinental phone call while staying here
  • Island’s only hotel on the inland coast, offers a free shuttle to the ocean side beach
  • The "cottages" and the club were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978

"Jekyll Island Club Hotel still embodies the luxury, history and style of [the Gilded Age]" -- Forbes

Map & Directions

The property is an hour from Jacksonville International Airport and free on-site parking is available for guests. Jekyll Island has a private airstrip located less than one mile from the hotel; those arriving by boat are also less than a mile away when docking at Jekyll Island Marina. Jekyll Island is a state park; there is a $6 fee to get on the island.

Rooms & Rates

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In 1887, railroad tycoons and lions of industry began arriving by private trains and yachts to Jekyll Island for the winter season. Soon the island off Georgia’s coast became an exclusive retreat for New York, Chicago and Boston’s social elite. Powerful businessmen built grand “cottages” on the former DuBignon plantation and spent the season at family-style dinner parties held at the Queen Anne-style clubhouse. It was rumored the original families -- including the Morgans, Pulitzers, Rockefellers and Astors, making up the 53 club memberships -- controlled one-sixth of the world’s money at the turn of the century.

After World War II, lavish lifestyles like this fell out of fashion and the property became a state park before opening as a hotel first in 1954, and again in 1987 following a $20 million restoration. Today, the clubhouse features rooms and suites decorated with wrought iron beds, mahogany wardrobes and plush sofas. Visitors can also book rooms in two of the original cottages, Crane Cottage and Cherokee Cottage, gracefully restored with Victorian furnishings and some with Jacuzzi tubs and private terraces. Contemporary necessities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, in-suite coffeemakers and iPod docking stations are offered in all rooms.

The hotel has five restaurants but formal meals should be taken in the Grand Dining Room, an elegant space with white columns, working fireplaces and dimly lit by candles. Sunday brunch has been a “see-and-be-seen” affair for over a hundred years and Southern touches like crab cakes, shrimp and grits and homemade lemon-peach custard grace the dinner menu. Afternoon tea is served in the Riverview Lounge and croquet is still played on the front lawn where a horse-drawn carriage awaits guests wishing to tour the grounds, a tradition dating back to the club’s opening, when members took leisurely rides about the estate.

Modern visitors can take part in the same pursuits that attracted Gilded Age guests like nearby golfing, bicycling through the island’s 20 miles of forested trails and sipping cocktails at the outdoor pool, open year-round. Guests have access to the fitness center and can book massages and body treatments at the spa or in-room, for additional privacy. History buffs can arrange tours through the concierge and peruse the Historic District. A complimentary shuttle transports guests to the Atlantic coast beach on the island’s other side. 

From the press:
  • "Jekyll Island Club Hotel still embodies the luxury, history and style of that era" -- Forbes 
  • "Comes loaded with amenities, pools, restaurants, and golf courses" -- Frommer’s
  • "Once described as 'the richest, the most exclusive, the most inaccessible club in the world'" -- Fodor’s



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Private beach
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis courts
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Shuttle service (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service
  • Off-street parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm. Minimum age required to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs available on request and in Traditional Rooms only, free of charge for one child. Extra bed available on request and in Traditional Rooms only: $25 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: A resort fee of $15 (subject to tax) per room/ per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out. This fee includes overnight parking, internet access, bottled water and coffee in room, chairs and umbrella at the beach and a housekeeping gratuity.

A Hotel/ Motel Fee of $5.00 (subject to tax) per room/ per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out.
In the 2015 state legislative session, Georgia House and Senate leaders passed House Bill 170, a bill which is attached to a broader transportation package that will funnel millions each year into road and bridge repairs in the state of Georgia. The State Hotel-Motel Fee - a mandatory $5.00 (subject to tax) per night fee on any rented hotel room in the state of Georgia became effective on July 1, 2015. As such, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is now lawfully required to act as an agent of the government and to collect this fee, per night per room.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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