Jekyll Island has first new hotel since 1974
Hampton Inn & Suites, the island's first new hotel since 1974, fits into the area's landscape.
By Terry Dickson Story
Friday, Jan. 8, 2010
Developed by Jekyll Ocean Oaks, the hotel sits on 14.5 acres of beachfront and maritime forest.
It has a spacious pool, a gas-fired outdoor fire pit and meeting facilities.
Kevin Runner, general manager of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, said there was a surprisingly large crowd for the ribbon-cutting considering the recent cold weather.
Members mingled as a fire burned in the lobby fireplace.
Members of the hotel ownership and management and the Jekyll Island Authority participated. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the Hampton Inn & Suites have some of the same owners.
Business is getting off to a good start as a group of golfers booked rooms for the weekend, Runner said.
The hotel is also environmentally friendly. Among other features, rainwater that falls on the grounds is collected in a below-ground cistern and used for irrigation.
JEKYLL ISLAND - Guests got an eyeful Thursday as the owners opened the Hampton Inn & Suites, the island's first new hotel since 1974.
Along with the obligatory ribbon-cutting, visitors took tours of the new four-story hotel that offers sweeping views of the ocean from balconies.
Located behind the island's healthy line of live oak-covered dunes, the hotel fits into the landscape and its exterior shake walls fit in with the architecture of the Landmark Historic District on the opposite side of the barrier island.
After crossing the boardwalk which winds through the tops of the oaks, C.J. Jeffries said he appreciates the investment.
"Its good to have something new on the island," said Jeffries, who owns Jekyll Realty with his wife. "We look forward to more of it. This will be good."
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Visitors at the opening of the Hampton Inn & Suites walk through the treetops on a boardwalk that crosses over dunes from the hotel to the beach.