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Reviews: The Westin Jekyll Island

Hotel The Westin Jekyll Island
Room Type Suite with view
Loyalty Program Status Platinum
Points Per Night 35,000 points
To the point Check out our photo report from our stay at The Westin Jekyll Island, obtained with our Marriott points.

Continuation of our stay in the southeastern United States. After a night at the Sheraton Bay Point Resort Panama Beach and a long 6-hour drive, we arrived at The Westin Jekyll Island, also booked with our points.

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The Westin Jekyll Island

The reservation of our room with points

Our destination being Savannah / Hilton Head Island, we were looking for a hotel along the way to “cut the journey” in half and where we could stay the next day to enjoy the facilities / beach. The Westin Jekyll Island was perfectly situated for this… and was available with points! We booked this hotel the day we arrived.

This hotel was available on the Marriott Bonvoy website for 10,000 starpoints per night (equivalent to 30,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) instead of CA$319 (+taxes). Now, in Marriott’s new rate structure, it costs 35,000 points per night.

To get 10,000 starpoints, I converted 20,000 Select Membership Rewards points from my American Express Cobalt Card. As of August 2018, Membership Rewards/Select Membership Rewards points transfer to Marriott is at the 1,000:1,200 rate.

With the change in hotel category, it now takes 29,167 Membership Rewards points to earn the 35,000 Marriott points needed for one night. To be compared with the public rate then!

Arrival at the hotel

We arrive at the hotel around midnight (having wished to make the 5-6 hours of road at the end of the day so that the children sleep in the car). While Audrey stays in the car with the sleeping children, I take care of the suitcases and the registration.

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The Westin Jekyll Island

As a Platinum member, I learned that I had been upgraded to an oceanfront suite, the highest category level (upgrade of 4 room types!). As a Platinum member, I choose the complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant: Reserve (or coffee shop, as desired).

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The Westin Jekyll Island

Overview of the reception during the day:

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Reception
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Home
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Reception

Tables allow you to work while enjoying the outside light:

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Office

The arrival in our suite

Our suite – #400 – is located at the end of the hallway: the view of the ocean has to be earned!

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Room access
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Access more

The entrance is composed of a wooden wall serving as a separator with the living room:

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Entrance to the suite

In the entrance, a large closet…

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Entrance to the suite

… in which there is a refrigerator, coffee machine and bottles of water (free).

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Entrance to the suite

The children’s lounge

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Salon de la suite
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Salon de la suite

With a sofa bed for children:

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Salon de la suite
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Salon de la suite
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Salon de la suite

The parents’ room

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Room
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Room

With a closet identical to the one in the entrance:

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Room
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TV cabinet

The bathroom

A very nice bathroom with a bathtub and a large shower.

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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom

With bath products common to all Westins.

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Bathroom

The view from our suite

We had to wait until the next morning to discover the view from our suite… and what a view!

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View of our room

The balcony – of a large size – is composed of two armchairs and a coffee table.

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Terrace of the room

Alexandra only has eyes for the pool!

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Terrace of the room

Breakfast

We will meet in the hotel’s restaurant to have our breakfast.

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Hall

We choose the buffet option.

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Lunch room

Here are the details:

The buffet offers fresh and quality products but the choice is not really varied. However, we appreciate the “Omelet Station”! And the children… are happy:

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Lunch

The beach

The Westin Jekyll Island offers direct access to the beach and we enjoy the “wild” and “natural” feel of Jekyll Island.

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Beach access
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Beach

Turning around, we can see our suite which is on the top floor on the left (balcony + window)

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Outdoor design

Exterior and interior spaces

I must say that the outdoor spaces are impeccable! It is pleasant to walk along the hotel with its gardens.

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Outdoor design
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Outdoor design

A wood-burning fireplace, pleasant in the evening!

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Outdoor design
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Outdoor design
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Terrace

We then go to the pool.

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Pool access

This one is expected to be expanded in spring 2019:

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Pool

Very pleasant for children (with a gentle slope)! Alexandra is having a blast!

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Pool

A small tour of the gym that will interest the most athletic:

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Sports hall
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Sports hall
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Sports hall
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Sports hall

Bottom line

A very good stay in The Westin Jekyll Island that we highly recommend if you are in the area. In our opinion, this is a place that deserves a 5 night stay to enjoy Jekyll Island!

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