Holiday Inn Jekyll Island A Family Escape on Georgia’s Protected Coast

The Holiday Inn Jekyll Island a perfect family-friendly hotel located in the middle of Jekyll Island. Jekyll is one of Georgia’s barrier islands, and it is owned by the State of Georgia. What’s noteworthy about the island is that 65 percent of Jekyll is protected land, so there is limited development, and lots of natural beauty. However, you won’t be escaping to the wild, read on for what to expect at the Jekyll Island Holiday Inn Resort.

Jekyll Island Holiday Inn

Ocean Views at the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island, Ga.

The ocean view deck off our room was my favorite feature. We spent our evenings just sitting outside listening to the ocean. Having a deck should be required for any hotel that caters to families. It gives parents somewhere to go and relax without being in the room when the kids go to bed. Most rooms in the hotel have an ocean view deck, but not all. Rooms 150-169 are an exception, so be sure to ask if this is important to you.

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Hotel Rooms

Our room was a standard double queen that was larger than your average hotel room. We only had one son with us, but if the older boys had joined, there was plenty of room to put a blow up bed on the floor and still move around. The Holiday Inn also has rollaways and cribs available. Rooms have a microwave and mini-fridge, as well as a desk and free wi-fi (always a must with teens).

For more of a condo experience, book one of the suites. The Holiday Inn has a king with bunk beds, or queens with a full kitchen, including cooktop. Find the best deals for stay at the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island here. 

Holiday Inn Jekyll Island Amenities

In my opinion, what sets this hotel apart is its location and amenities. The best way to tour Jekyll Island is via bike, and the hotel rents standard bikes through the concierge. Jekyll’s extensive path system runs right in front of the hotel.

In addition to bikes, there is a saltwater pool, children’s activities, beachfront steps from the pool, and lots of green space for kids to run – or play a mean game of corn hole with the kids before dinner. Within walking or biking distance is mini-golf, and the Beach Village shopping and dining district.

I enjoy the beach, and Jekyll’s is so beautiful with the dunes and sea oats. My son and his cousins preferred oscillating between the sand-free saltwater pool and the hot tub. We had a fun game of catch. The boys jumping in the pool to catch the football in mid-air. Thankfully for the smaller children around, they stayed out of the baby pool.

The Beach at the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island

I wouldn’t classify Jekyll Island’s beach as a great shelling beach, but found tons of sand dollars and a few shells during a short morning walk. Remember sand dollars are living things, so only take the dead ones – those where the little ‘hairs’ aren’t moving.

And know that even if they are dead, unless they are totally white, they still have some decomposing to do. You’ll learn that lesson when you bring them home in your car….like we did. Ewww.

The hotel doesn’t have chairs or beach towels, so be sure to bring those with you. The beach is wheelchair (or stroller) accessible, something I hadn’t considered before we visited.

Evenings at the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island

In the evenings cozy up near one of the four fire pits on property, including one in the center of the table at the poolside bar. Or challenge the kids to a game of corn hole or ping-pong. It was a bit warm in July for the fire pits, but I love the idea of coming back when the weather is cooler and roasting marshmallows.

The Northstar lounge on the third floor of the hotel has happy hour in the evenings (and free coffee in the mornings), as well as the best view of the ocean. We sat outside for a bit, but instead went to our room and had a drink on our own deck, then opted for an evening beach stroll with too many stars to count.

Kids Activities at the Holiday Inn Jekyll Island

There are published children’s activities, but when I went to peek in, there wasn’t anyone in the kid’s room and we didn’t see any of the poolside activities listed. My son is 13, so he was a little old for the kids club anyway, but there were several kids that would have been the right age to participate, but they seemed to be enjoying the beach or pool instead.  If you have younger children and want to take advantage of the kids program, you may want to call just prior to your visit to ensure availability.

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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman

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