Courtyard and Springhill Suites Set to Open in Spring 2021
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2019) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Nov. 22 for the Courtyard by Marriott and Springhill Suites by Marriott in the Main Beach area of Fernandina Beach. The event kicked off construction of the two hotels that will create 250 construction jobs, more than 100 hospitality jobs. Total development on the project is estimated to cost $50 million. Operating under one roof, the two hotels will also bolster the economy in the area by increasing foot traffic to the nearby Sandbar & Kitchen and the newly opened Salt Life Food Shack.
“In 2019, Amelia Island welcomed more than 690,000 visitors who had a combined economic impact of $694 million,” said John Drew, Nassau County Tax Collector. “I am told that industry jobs represent 24% of the total employment for our county tourism; tourism works for Nassau County.”
Opening in spring 2021, the Courtyard by Marriott and Springhill Suites by Marriott will share four-stories and 239 guest rooms, featuring a spacious pool and outdoor area, and state-of-the-art meeting and event space with breakout capabilities for small and medium meetings and events. The Marriott hotels will be managed by Innisfree Hotels, who also operates the popular boutique hotel, the Seaside Amelia Inn. Compass Group, Inc. originally led the development process on behalf of Main Beach Sojourn LLLP and is also the design-builder responsible for the design and construction of the hotel.
“We’re excited to welcome these industry-leading Marriot brand hotels to the Amelia Island family,” said Gil Langley, president and CEO of the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This will be the largest single addition of rooms to the market since The Inn at Amelia Island Plantation opened 21 years ago.”