Special to The Travel Trolley
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — On Jan. 7, the Jekyll Island Authority celebrated the opening of the Hampton Inn and Suites, the first new hotel to open on Jekyll Island since 1974.
The 138-room, beachfront property is jointly owned by Jekyll Ocean Oaks, LLC, an affiliate of the ownership group of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. New Castle Hotels & Resorts, a hotel development and ownership company and third-party manager, will operate the hotel.
“The Hampton Inn project is an excellent example of what our intention is for the overall revitalization of Jekyll Island,” Bob Krueger, Chairman of the Jekyll Island Authority Board said in a news release. “These additional rooms are vital as Jekyll Island once again becomes a choice destination for conventions and family vacations. This is a win-win-win – a win for the Jekyll Island Authority, a win for the hotel owners and a win for the guests who choose to stay at this hotel.”
The new facility will offer 138 guest rooms, 88 of which are suites with balconies. Amenities include a lobby bar, beach access, revitalized nature trails, an expansive pool deck, a kid’s pool, and a large hot tub.
The hotel, which utilizes solar panels for water heating, will be a member of the Green Hotel Association, a group of environmentally friendly properties whose managers are eager to institute programs that reduce solid waste and save water and energy.