Jekyll Island Club Hotel opens historic cottages

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JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- The Jekyll Island Club Hotel reopened the 81-year-old Crane Cottage and the 94-year-old Cherokee Cottage following a $4.3 million renovation.

The cottages, both National Historic Landmarks, are located in the historic district here.

A century ago, the island was a retreat for society's elite.

It was owned by the Jekyll Island Club, a group of businessmen that included John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, who maintained resort homes here. The island is now a state park as well as a resort.

The two cottages have been turned into upscale accommodations, according to Jekyll Development Associates, owner of the hotel. The opening of the cottages added 23 units for overnight accommodations to the hotel's roster of 134 guest rooms and suites.

Crane Cottage offers 13 rooms, a library, a dining room and a living room as well as a formal garden and terrace.

An alfresco restaurant, the Courtyard at Crane, is open daily for lunch.

Cherokee Cottage features 10 guest rooms, a main hall and a game room.

The cottages also can be rented for executive retreats, family reunions, weddings or other group gatherings.

Rates for the cottages range from $189 to $289 per room, per night.

Guests have the use of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, including the Grand Dining Room, the swimming pool, the golf course and tennis courts.

The hotel also features 2,000 square feet of meetings and events space.

For more information or reservations, call the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at (800) 535-9547 or visit www.jekyllclub.com.

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