Jekyll Island Club Hotel
On this unhurried, undeveloped, unspoiled barrier island off
Georgia’s historic southeastern coast awaits a world of
compelling contrasts and perfect balances – the Jekyll
Island Club Hotel. Rich history and modern comforts. Elegant
surroundings and simple pleasures. Romance and laughter.
Grand dining and beach picnics. Sunshine and moonlight.
Vitalizing activities and complete relaxation. Business and
pleasure. Couples and families. Escape to the Jekyll Island
Club, where “doing nothing” is a no risk endeavor. The Club
adapts to you, your timing, and your choices. Read about the
origins of this historic Georgia landmark.
History of the Hotel
The Jekyll Island Club flourished into the 1930s, but world
events took their toll. With the advent of World War I,
several members offered their personal yachts to the war
effort as well as financial assistance. The Great Depression
began to change people’s priorities, and in two year’s time,
half the Club’s membership dropped away. The final blow to
the life of the Club, however, was World War II and the
threat of enemy submarines just off the coast, inducing the
U.S. government’s order to evacuate the island. The Club’s
president hoped to reopen after the war, but in 1947 the
state of Georgia entered the picture, buying the entire
island for $675,000 in order to turn the once prestigious
and influential island retreat into a public state park.
Several Club properties, leased from the state of Georgia by
an investment firm, have been restored and transformed into
one of the finest luxury getaway hotels in America, the
Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
A Jekyll Island Georgia Hotel Restored To Its Former
Guests visiting the Jekyll Island hotel today may have
dinner in the Grand Dining Room, where former members
enjoyed each other’s company as well as exquisitely prepared
meals. Over delicate entrées and world-class wine, they made
significant decisions, admired the room’s beautiful leaded
art glass and classical details, and vied for social
position. The room suggests a visit to the Club for the
“season” in the early 1900s.
Whether guests’ primary interest is architecture, history or
leisure, they find love their visit to this grand Jekyll
Island Georgia hotel, a Victorian treasure. More than fifty
activities are available, allowing you to immerse yourself
in the former glory of the Club and island: historic tours,
croquet, carriage rides, tennis, golf, airplane fly-ins,
yacht docking, private beachfront (chairs and umbrellas),
sea shell and bird walks on deserted beaches, horseback
riding, and walks in the live oak forests.
Local Ghost - Samuel Spencer, president of the Southern Railroad
Every morning at this exclusive hunt club in the early 1900's,
Samuel Spencer, president of the Southern Railroad Company, insisted
the Wall Street Journal be delivered to his room. For years, it was
his ritual to drink a cup of coffee while scanning the paper. In
1906, he was killed instantly in a train accident. Since then, club
members and hotel guests who occupied Spencer's room, have found
copies of their newspaper disturbed, moved or folded in their
absence. Coffee cups have been mysteriously poured or "sipped on"
when guests returned from the shower or a brief outing.
371 Riverview Drive
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Phone: (800) 535-9547