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“Heaven in north GA” 5 of 5 stars
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418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville, GA 30534   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Dawsonville
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Heaven in north GA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

We stayed at the Amicalola Lodge for one night before heading out to the Lynn Foote Hike Inn early the next morning. Upon arrival I was impressed by the friendly staff took care of our check in information. We took our key and promptly headed to our room. The room was very nice! The view of the mountains from the hotel room window was breath taking. I had dinner at the restaurant inside the Lodge and the food was amazing. Don’t be fooled by the buffet style restaurant. The food is great. Going to the Lynn Foote Hike Inn was the main reason for the trip but to be honest when I departed to hike the 5.5 miles to the Hike Inn I missed the Lodge. I’ll definitely be back soon.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2010

We stayed at Amicalola Lodge based on a recommendation from our friends following a visit to Georgia for a family reunion. We were pleasantly surprised as this hotel sits on top of a mountain and from the restaurant you can see for miles over the tops of mountains.

The rooms were traditional hotel rooms, but clean. The food was country-style buffet and it was also very good. Our waiter was very professional had a great personality and kept us laughing through the entire meal. Similarly, we had full breakfast included in the cost of our room -- and the service for the breakfast meal was impeccable.

If you are not familiar with the area, the falls and walking trails are fantastic. There is a deer park across from the park (no one there), and the nearby Kangaroo farm is worth a visit.

Again, we were pleasantly surprised.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

State Park lodges have become an affordable and reasonable entree to the scenery of rural America...but sadly seem to favour haunte country rather than haute cuisine. Amicalola is just up the road from my home, a road that leaps up steeply to take you to the lodge at the top of the Falls. Expect much tougher walking than you might anticipate, and no...this old traveller did not attempt the precipitous 600+ step climb alongside the Falls. Even the trails are tough on a flatlander. But the lodgings are adequate for the price, the staff are fantastically friendly and the wifi is about as spasmodic as my breathing after tackling the walking trails. The buffet food at the restaurant??? Well if you had come straight from a backpacking hike it might seem OK but it was pretty poor stuff. One fails to understand why country folks cook country food so badly. I am a great fan of good country fare but the choice here was limited and the quality such that even breathtaking views across the hazy hills could not quite make the meal worth it. Overall a commendable effort but one would love to see this magnificent setting offset with adequate if simple food.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Savannah, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

We stayed two nights in June and really enjoyed it. The Lodge is located above the waterfalls (although you can't see them from the Lodge). Beautiful views of the valley and mountains. Peaceful, quiet and relaxing. You can view the falls from three levels by car, or if you are fit, you can climb the trails and steps all the way to the top. The hotel room was neat and clean. Not fancy, but nice. All of the staff was extremely nice. The only negative was the food at the Lodge restuarant. It's a buffett, it's very generic and very bland. Not bad, just bland. This was our first time at a Georgia State Park Lodge, and based on this visit we will do it again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

I've stayed at lodges in other state parks in several states, and this has to be one of the nicest ones I've seen. Beautiful setting in an absolute gem of a scenic park, and the lodge is in really good condition. The rooms are quiet and comfortable (if not exactly loaded with amenities), and there's a good view from most windows onto very nice woods. There are also loads of hiking trails around it, ranging from an easy 1/4 mile walk on blacktop all the way up to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail itself. You also get a terrific breakfast in the dining room included with your room payment.

Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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Silver Creek, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

My husband and I took a 2 day, 1 night, "get-out-of-the-house and away from it all" trip last weekend. We stayed at the Amicalola Falls Lodge. Being somewhat off-season, the park felt somewhat secluded, but we loved this as we do not especially like the crowds. We hiked up to the falls, edged with ice and beautiful. We contemplated going into Dawsonville to eat dinner but stayed at the lodge and ate at the restaurant . We were seated at a window table and watched the sun go down over the mountains. It was absolutely beautiful! We watched a family of deer graze below us on the lawn. The food and service were good. The next morning, we had the complimentary breakfast and sat at the same window table. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I would recommend this park and lodge to anyone who just wants to get away for awhile. The "Winterlogical" room rate was only $69 and was more than worth it for the peace and quiet it afforded. This is definitely not the place for those who want to stay "in the middle of everything" with crowds, entertainment, etc., but it was perfect for us.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orange, Texas
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2009

My husband and I traveled to North Carolina from SE Texas at the end of April 2009. After a recommendation on TA, we decided to spend one night at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park ($112), Georgia. I'm so glad that we did. The park is beautiful! And so is the Lodge. It is at the top of a mountain above the falls. Our room was on the 4th floor with a fantastic view of the mountains and the valley below! We were satisfied with our room; it was clean and quiet; everything worked. After hiking down the steps to the falls observation platform and back up, we ate at the Lodge restaurant (more mountain views). The dinner buffet was $10.95. The food was okay. There was only one waitress and she did the best that she could. There are several hikes in the area, besides the waterfall hike. As it was getting late, we did the short Lodge Loop and then sat in the rocking chairs and watched the sunset. The next morning we skipped the Lodge breakfast and traveled on to Dahlonega. After a couple of days in North Carolina, we had to cut our trip short because of bad weather. We are planning to go back to NC next year and spend more time in Georgia. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Dawsonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 70
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 
Also Known As:
Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge
Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville

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