This 200-room Starwood hotel opened in April 2015 as part of a major revitalization of Jekyll Island, Georgias historic barrier island 25 miles from the Florida border. The Westin is only the second hotel to open on Jekyll Island in the last 40 years and is part of a new beach village, with a frozen yogurt shop, convenience store, pub and shops. Several fees were levied during a one-night stay including an annoying resort fee of $15, an 11 percent tax, an additional $5 city tax and a $6 entrance fee to the island.
- This 200-room Starwood hotel opened in April 2015 as part of a major revitalization of Jekyll Island, Georgia’s historic barrier island 25 miles from the Florida border.
- The five-story hotel’s boxy exterior is generic. But inside, the modernist décor is warm, with a cavernous lobby featuring glassy fireplaces, sea-green carpets and driftwood sculptures.
- Bellhops were absent during my arrival to assist with bags, and service from the reception staff was uneven.
“The island was recently evacuated during Hurricane Matthew, but hotel officials said the property suffered only minor damage, because of the island’s natural dune barrier, and reopened three days after the storm passed.”