Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island

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Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, GA
Budget- and dog-friendly accommodations on one of Georgia’s Golden Isles.

By Hope S. Philbrick

There’s nothing quite like gazing out at the ocean. It’s at once relaxing and a temptation to adventure. It’s set with the rhythmic sound of crashing waves, spectacular color plays between the blue water and red sun, and salt-tinged breezes that tickle your nose and skin. It’s a crave-worthy getaway worth repeating.

The Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia, offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and over a quarter of a mile of beachfront. Located adjacent to the island’s Great Dunes Beach, it feels remote even while it’s convenient to Beach Village (Main Street).

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Even as you step into the three-story lobby to check in, the ocean is on display: Huge windows frame the beach. Odds are your room boasts the same view: More than 80 percent of the resort’s 157 spacious guestrooms face the ocean.

Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, GA

The Resort completed a $22 million build-out in March 2015; the Holiday Inn Resort replaced Oceanside Inn & Suites and had been closed since fall of 2013. The footprint of the original building serves as the base for the new one. All guest rooms have been updated with contemporary décor, plush comfortable bedding, and modern furnishings. The entire hotel has a breezy-oceanside color scheme and a laid-back vibe.

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Jekyll Island is a historic Georgia Coast destination made famous in the late 1800s as the exclusive playground of the social elite including the Rockefellers, Morgans and Pulitzers.

The Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island is an affordable option to enjoy Jekyll Island today—and you can do it with your pooch, if you prefer.

Dogs Welcome

Traveling without children doesn’t mean you don’t have a travel companion. Traveling with pets—most often, dogs—is a growing trend. If you crave a beach getaway with your furry four-legged best friend, you’re in luck! The Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island is pet-friendly.

What’s more, from now through Memorial Day, dogs can run on the beach without a leash.

Dogs are only allowed off-leash on the beach during the off-season, which is from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Be sure to pay attention to signs when accessing the beach. According to the Jeykll Island Authority, “If you are accessing the beach in a wildlife viewing location you will see signs that read, “Keep all dogs on a short leash” or “No pets allowed in this area” (e.g., Glory Beach). Unless otherwise posted, dogs are allowed on the beach as long as they are under the owner’s control or on a leash.” In short, if there’s a sign, follow the rules. If not, and it’s the off-season, you can let your furry buddy run.

Of course, whenever you visit, you’re responsible for your dog’s behavior and must clean up after them. “When your animal is allowed on the beach, if it leaves more than prints in the sand… please pick it up!” is the island motto. Dog waste bag receptacles are located at each beach access point that allows pets, though it’s always a good idea to bring your own bags in case the receptacles are empty.

So bring your little Prince or Princess along on your vacation—without compromising on a simple joy of oceanside accommodations: The opportunity to gaze out at the ocean from your guestroom window and/or private balcony. Being able to do that with a hand on your canine companion doubles the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island.

Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, GA

Essentials…
  • 157 guest rooms, 80% with ocean views
  • Suites are located on the second floor and include a private balcony overlooking the ocean as well as a kitchenette with a two-burner stove, refrigerator, and microwave
  • Guestroom doors open to the outdoors rather than a central enclosed hallway
  • If you’re traveling with a dog, request a pet-friendly room when making your reservation; some rooms do not permit pets—which is great news for guests with allergies
  • Beachside pool and Jacuzzi
  • Beachside fire pit
  • Bike rentals available
  • Beach chair/umbrella rentals available seasonally
  • Fitness center features extensive equipment
  • The Resort has partnered with Jekyll Island Fitness to offer free weekly beachside fitness classes
  • Special programming from now through March 31 includes weekly bingo, movie nights, day trips to neighboring islands, bridge, trivia nights, cocktail receptions, beach walks, high tea in the historic district, biking tours and more. Check with the Resort for special programming available in future seasons.
  • On-site dining options include The Northshore coffee and cocktail bar, which serves Caribou Coffee and specialty drinks, and The Anchor, which serves casual fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Beach House restaurant and event space will open on the property in July 2016.
  • Nearby dining options include Tortuga Jacks and Red Bug Motors Pizza & Pub
  • The landscaping features eco-friendly indigenous plants
  • Holiday Inn Resort participates in the IHG Rewards Club
  • Book online
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Generally high, but varies with the season. Avoid summers and weekends—as well as the on-site Kids Club and fun room—for the best odds of an adults-oriented experience.
More Information…

Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island, GAHoliday Inn Resort Jekyll Island
701 North Beachview Drive
Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527
912.635.2211

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– Photos courtesy Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

HSP15Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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