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“Beatufull Views and Lodge, rooms not up to Snuff” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Amicalola Falls Lodge

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Amicalola Falls Lodge
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Dawsonville
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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“Beatufull Views and Lodge, rooms not up to Snuff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The lodge is beautiful and truly located in a great place. We were a little disappointed with the rooms. Lodge rooms in state parks are normally small but in this case we paid top dollar (on a Sunday night) so I expected more. Typical state lodge with no extras like a fridge or micro wave again not an issue if the rooms are priced better but the price here is high. Another real disappointment was the internet, we were told that we could "maybe get a signal in the lobby" but never could get connected and although we had a strong signal even in our room located a long way from the lobbie we got the dreaded "limited or no conductivity" icon. To sum it up this is a great lodge in a great location but the price must be lower for a sub-par room or upgrades are needed soon. It is 2013 and internet is a MUST if you charge upward over $100 a night. On a positive note, our hairdryer did not work and a call to the front desk had a maintenance man up in less than 10 minutes with a replacement.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your most recent stay. We understand that the internet can be an issue and would like to assure you that we are working on a solution with the local phone company. You may have heard that we are in the planning process of a big renovation in our rooms and cabins and are very excited to upgrade. We look forward to your next visit and giving us the chance to gain your trust.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Fairfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

As the starting point for our Appalachian Trail hike the lodge served us well. Beautiful, impressive facility with rooms that are average. Large dining area. Buffet was OK but not special. Scenery exceptional and roads climb some steep grades. Have good brakes if you go.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you taking the time to comment about your stay with us. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and hope you will join us again in the future.
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Buford, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Here is the low down. Decent hotel. Typical lodge but if your expecting nice than you might want to try somewhere else. Rooms are comparing to a motel 6 and can range anywher from 110-250 per night based on the season and that is just a typical 2 full size bed room. No fridge but hey they don't have them at motel 6 either. However a motel 6 is usually 40-60 bucks tops. Your paying for scenery. My best bet for you would be visit the park and stay somewhere else especially if you refuse to stay at a motel 6. I don't mind where I stay I'm not pickey except that I felt overcharged for what was offered. If it had been 40-60 my expectations are a lot lower. If you can't handle old, dingy and not properly managed you wil hate it here. Your choice!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your comments about your stay at our Lodge. You may have heard that we are in the process of a large renovation that will upgrade our rooms as well as what we offer to our guests. We sincerely hope that you choose to stay with us again in the future and allow us to win you over.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Although we have visited Amicalola Falls a couple of times over the years, we have never stayed at the Lodge. We decided to visit the Hike Inn (separate review) so included a night at Amicalola Falls Lodge beforehand.

Amicalola Falls is truly a beautiful park. It was quite crowded on the Sunday we arrived and it broke my heart to see all the trash left by visitors. However, the Falls were breathtaking and we really enjoyed watching the skinks and toads down by the Reflecting Pool. After climbing down (and back up - 600 steps!) the Falls, we checked into the Lodge. The view from the lobby is gorgeous and the hotel is very warm and homey. All the staff we met were friendly and helpful. The room needed updating and the air conditioner left a musty smell, but otherwise it was generally clean and spacious, and we appreciated the free WiFi and wide variety of television channels (we needed a rest after that climb)!

We ate both dinner and breakfast at the Maple Restaurant within the Lodge. We were very daunted by the buffet prices ($17.95 dinner, $9.95 breakfast for adults - not including beverages) and not very impressed by the appearance of the buffet. However, the views from the dining room were lovely, and the nearest restaurant according to Mapquest was a 25-minute drive each way, so we opted to stay. There was also a talented family group of musicians performing, so that added to the appeal.

Unfortunately, the quality of the food is nowhere near what it should be for the cost. The meats (beef brisket and herb chicken) were overdone, and the shells were over sauced. The vegetables and bread were uninspired at best. On a positive note, the dessert bar was varied and tasty (although the ice cream machine was out of service). For breakfast, the eggs tasted reconstituted (the taste and texture of both the scrambled eggs and the quiche was terrible) and the muffins were dry and overdone. The bacon was good and we enjoyed the fresh fruit, as well the selection of individual boxed cereals.

Overall, the cost of our overnight stay including room, dinner and breakfast was way too high for the quality of the room and food. Although we are glad for the experience, we do not plan to stay at Amicalola Falls Lodge in the future and would not recommend it except as an optional stopover before or after your journey to the Hike Inn.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you for letting us know about your experience here at Amicalola Falls Lodge. We are very excited to let you know that we are in the planning stages of a renovation that will address many of the issues that you told us about. It is our goal to provide everyone with an exceptional dining experience and I am sorry to hear this was not the case for you. I sincerely hope that you will plan another visit to Amicalola allowing us the opportunity to regain your confidence.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

OK, I know this is a state park property, and thus isn't expected to be up to date. It does, however, seem that a spectacular location such as this merits more maintenance and refurbishing than it has been given. The positives: The rooms were clean. The views are amazing. The staff was very welcoming and friendly. The cornbread in the dining room was great.
The negatives: The water pressure and temperature were pathetic. The faucet in the sink turned all the way around and never did get me any really hot water. The decor clearly hasn't been updated in 20+ years. The food was just so-so, except for the cornbread, which was a marvel of yumminess.
I came here with group of 16 for a meeting, and 3 time people in the group were given keys to other people's rooms - yikes! Fortunately, all were other people in our group, but still... this should NOT happen.
The state needs to upgrade this facility badly. If you paid rack rate prices, you would be very disappointed in the quality of the facility.
Of course, it was nicer than a tent... but it should be, shouldn't it?

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you for letting us know about your experience here at Amicalola Falls Lodge. I would like to express my apologies about the issues that you had while staying with us. Let me first address our lodge rooms. It is true that we have not been able to update our rooms in a while, but we are excited to let you know we are planning a large renovation that improves the lodge rooms markedly. Your hot water problems are something that I will address with our Chief Engineer today.
I genuinely hope that you will plan another visit to Amicalola Falls Lodge and allow us the opportunity to regain your confidence. I know that you will not regret it.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

My husband and I visited Amicalola Falls Lodge for our anniversary celebration. We checked in around 5 PM. We were able to get a room upgrade when we checked in. The room was spacious and clean. We had a balcony with a wonderful view and two comfortable chairs. The room was clean and comfortable. The furnishings are not new and the wall paper could stand to be replaced. Everything was functional and the furniture was comfortable. We were pleased with the room.
We had dinner in the Maple Restaurant. Dinner was buffet style. At first I was not pleased with the offerings as dinner is over $17 per person and there was not a large selection of food. The food however was very good and everything I tried was tasty. My husband and I both were happy with dinner. We both left full and satisfied.
The bed was comfortable. We both slept well. My only complaint is the pillows. The pillows were flat and uncomfortable. They definitely need to invest in better pillows. I would have given 5 stars if they had better pillows.
All in all we had a good trip and enjoyed our stay. We will stay at the lodge again given the opportunity.

Room Tip: Get a room with a balcony. The view and mountain breeze is worth the expense.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for your comments, we look forward to your next visit and we plan to have new pillows in the next year.
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Amicalola Falls Lodge has wonderful staff, a great location, and spacious rooms and common areas. However, the Lodge is in dire need of updating and maintenance. We stayed in the Executive Suite and were dismayed about the disrepair. The carpet was frayed in spots. The bath/shower setup was odd (disconcerting full-wall mirror, no curtain, hard to get into and out of), and was rusty and moldy. The screen door to the balcony was torn and useless, the air conditioner/heater was loud. The decor was circa 1988.
Sounds awful, right? Well, the suite was huge, the kitchen was well-equipped, and the room had gorgeous views. The staff at the hotel was friendly and helpful. The homespun food at the restaurant was not fancy, but delicious. The grounds are lovely and fun to explore. There's good with the bad. I don't blame the staff of this hotel for it's condition--I blame the state of Georgia for not giving the Lodge the resources to maintain and keep this gem of a hotel up to par.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are happy to let you know that we are in the planning stages of a huge renovation here at the Lodge. We look forward to your next visit.
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Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Location: United States > Georgia > Dawsonville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 hotels in Dawsonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High in the North Georgia Mountains is Amicalola Falls State Park home of Amicalola Falls Lodge. Named after the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters” Amicalola Falls is one of the most popular state parks in Georgia. The park’s namesake is the 729-foot falls: the highest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The park is also the start of the 8-mile approach trail to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail. The Lodge was built in 1990 by the State of Georgia, with 56 guestrooms in the main lodge and 14 cabins along with a gift shop, meeting space and a mountain view restaurant. The lodge rooms vary from standard hotel rooms with 2 double beds, loft suites that can sleep 6, to king bed suites with private balconies. The Lodge also is home to The Maple Restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The Lodge rests on 829 acres with on-site activities that include stream or pond fishing, as well as more than twelve miles of hiking trails, several centering on viewing the spectacular 729-foot waterfall. Amicalola Falls Lodge features more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space that can host groups and social events consisting of up to 150 people in traditional meeting spaces as well as a unique outdoor veranda setting. The Lodge’s spectacular view, peaceful setting, and exceptional service make it a destination not to be missed while in the North Georgia Mountains. ... more   less 
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Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville
Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge

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