Georgia's Jekyll Island Welcomes First New Hotel in 35 Years

A new Hampton Inn and Suites has opened in Jekyll Island, Ga., where it's the first new hotel to open since 1974, the Jekyll Island Authority announced last week.

The new beachfront hotel has 138 guest rooms and 462 square feet of meeting space, as well as a lobby bar, beach access, an outdoor swimming, a business center and a fitness room, not to mention green features like solar panels, which the hotel uses for energy-efficient water heating.

"The Hampton Inn project is an excellent example of what our intention is for the overall revitalization of Jekyll Island," Jekyll Island Authority Board Chairman Bob Krueger said in a statement. "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 Jekyll Island Authority, a win for the hotel owners and a win for the guests who choose to stay at this hotel."

The new hotel is the first of several revitalization projects that are planned for Jekyll Island, which is located off Georgia's southern coast, between Savannah and Jacksonville. Last month, the Jekyll Island Authority broke ground on a beach village project that will include a new 20-acre park and a new 78,000-square-foot convention center.

"The opening of the first new hotel on Jekyll Island in over 35 years is a landmark event," said Jekyll Island Authority Executive Director Jones Hooks. "In addition to offering more lodging, the architectural design and commitment to environmental sensitivity represent a significant step forward in the revitalization of the island."