Jekyll Island Gets Eco Hotel

8th March 2010 (Last Updated March 8th, 2010 18:30)

The new 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, which opened in January 2010, is the first hotel to be built on Jekyll Island in Georgia, US, in 35 years. The hotel was built by New Castle Hotels & Resorts and codevelopers Jekyll Ocean Oaks, in accordance with Jekyll Island

The new 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, which opened in January 2010, is the first hotel to be built on Jekyll Island in Georgia, US, in 35 years.

The hotel was built by New Castle Hotels & Resorts and codevelopers Jekyll Ocean Oaks, in accordance with Jekyll Island Authority guidelines.

The 5 acre hotel’s development included following sustainable practices such as constructing on the existing footprint of an older motel, planting new oak trees, recycling materials such as steel and copper, use of elevated exterior lighting and installing aluminum poles for parking areas.

Other sustainable practices include rainwater collection, the hotel’s laundry system reducing energy consumption by 50% and the use of solar thermal panels to heat water, which helps reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gases, according to ecofriendnews.com.

The property’s HVAC systems require less energy, while motion sensors, which control bathroom ventilation fans and other equipment, further reduces the hotel’s overall energy consumption.