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“Not a typical Ramada Inn” 4 of 5 stars
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Lake Chatuge Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   653 Hwy 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Hiawassee
Delray Beach, Florida
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“Not a typical Ramada Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

We spent last weekend at Ramada Inn, The Lodge on Lake Chatuge, and were pleasantly surprised. I am not a fan of Ramada Inns, but we choose the Inn because it is a short walk to the GA Mountain Fairgrounds, our reason for going to Hiawassee. The rooms were very clean, spacious, the linens were snow white and soft, (we love extra pillows and each bed had 4 huge pillows) and every room has a balcony with a view of Lake Chatuge, the Mountains or both. The complimentary continentaly breakfast offerred much more than we expected. Although, not "home cooked", it was more than ample...fresh fruit, assorted bagels, toast and muffins, cream cheese, jellies, several varieties of packaged grits and oatmeals, 6 different cereals, and hot items, i.e. Biscuits and Gravy one day and sausage and pancakes another. They even had flavored creamers for coffee...big plus since I only like coffee with a flavored creamer. It was a busy weekend, but the staff continuoulsy made fresh coffee and kept the area very clean and stocked. The Inn has many features we did not have time to enjoy, a beach area, playground, and onsite Steakhouse. We definitely plan to stay there again next year while attending the GA Mountain Fair, but plan to extend our say so we can enjoy more time on the Lake and at the Inn. BTW, I would highly recommend going when the GA Fairground is hosting an event...Awseome local Craftsmen, Local Vendors and Great Food....BBQ, Fried Green tomatoes, homemande Ice Cream and Candy, Roasted Corn, Sweet Potatoes, baked or fried and lots of local specialties.
The Music Hall is Huge, comfortable, Air Conditioned and you can bring in food from the vendors to enjoy while you enjoy the Show. We came to see Larkin Poe, but we were thrilled with many other great performances, The Waybacks, Roy Clark, Clare Lynch and Highway 18...to name a few.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LakeChatugeLodge, Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, August 2, 2011
Thank you so much for choosing Ramada, The Lodge on Lake Chatuge, for your stay during the fair. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you back again next year!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Florida
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22 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

We really like this hotel and will return again when in the area. Great mountain and lake views from both the front and rear of the hotel. Our porch overlooked the lake so I got a great view of the sunrise coming up over the lake. We saw groundhogs popping up around the area in the evening when we arrived and an otter crossed the road on our way to dinner. The room was very clean as well as the rest of the hotel. Nice sitting area near the lobby which is very large.
I have only 2 complaints and one was the breakfast was not very good. The pastries were very dry and stale even tho they just brought them in that moring and there was only 1 type of fruit. I never did see anything in the steamer for the hot portion of the breakfast. The other was the staff using the lobby computer. There was a woman with a staff shirt on (possible the maid?) who was on the computer playing games for over an hour. Not sure if she was waiting to start her shift or just playing while on the clock but no one else was able to use the computer that morning.
I liked the location of the hotel, there was a nice lake across the street with a beach and playground. The staff was great about recommending places to eat and things to do. I would like to return in the fall when the leaves are changing. It would really be beautiful.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kennesaw GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

Upon entering, you'll see a rustic, lodge-like lobby area with dozens of autographed photos of famous guests. A small common area is on the 2nd floor overlooking the 1st floor lobby. Both looked inviting and comfortable. There was a smell in the lobby similar to what you would find in a tropical fish store..not musty, really..sort of humid, I guess. I think the air conditioning system was not being used to full advantage here.

“Double bed” rooms actually have two queen size beds, not doubles. Beds are not particularly comfortable and I was glad to get home to my own bed.

The A/C unit in the room has a fully controllable keypad with digital temperature display, but was not turned on when we first entered the room. It took a some time to begin to cool the room. At first, I wasn't sure if it was working, but it started to cool after about 10-15 minutes. After that, it kept the room comfortable when it was 90+ degrees outside.

All the rooms have private balconies or patios. The ones on right rear of the lodge face east and provide the best view of Lake Chatuge. I got some fantastic sunrise photos from my balcony. The front of the lodge gets sunset views and overlooks the parking lot, US 76 and mountains.

Nicely supplied bathroom with coffeemaker, blow dryer, plenty of cups, shampoo, conditioner, and a half-empty bottle of lotion. Good lighting over the sink and the heat lamp in bathroom is nice during the winter, but there was no light over the toilet making it difficult to read while on the throne. An ironing board and iron are also supplied.

There is a 27” CRT TV with HBO and typical SD picture quality and basic cable channels with locals out of Atlanta. Free wireless internet on our 3rd floor room was approx 1.3mb/s download and the connection was solid. Ground level rooms have a patio with a key-card entrance door.

The cabinet drawers had an odor that transferred to our clothes. Again, this smell may have been due to the fact that the room air conditioner was off when we arrived. The smell disappeared after a few hours of airing (wearing) the clothing.

Breakfast consisted of six varieties of cold cereal, milk, bagels, english muffins, wheat bread, donuts, fruit danishes, juices, bananas, and, of course, coffee (which was quite good). The only hot item offered looked like grits..or oatmeal..or gruel; I couldn't tell which, but it was stiff, dry and unappealing.

There is a restaurant (Hiawasee Chop House) at the drive entrance to the lodge. We didn't have a chance to visit, though.

As noted by other Trip Advisors, contrary to the Ramada corporate website, there is no gym of fitness center, although there is a public beach and playground directly across US 76. But who cares? I'm not here for a workout!

Would I stay again? Probably not. I'm not an outdoorsman, so the hiking-boating-jetskiing-fishing-rafting thing does not appeal to me. If you want a base location for exploring the North Georgia Mountains and Western North Carolina, I think the Ramada, Lodge at Lake Chatuge is a good choice.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LakeChatugeLodge, General Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, September 10, 2010
Thank you for your thorough review and feedback of our facility.

We are currently making renovations and upgrades in our guest rooms, such as permanent microwaves and refrigerators in rooms, new bedding, flat panel TVs, etc. We hope to have all upgrades complete by the end of 2011.

We apologize that you did not get to use our fitness room during your stay. It is located on our first floor, should you ever get the chance to visit us again and would like to use it

Again, we appreciate your time in writing this review and hope to have you back in the future.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

This hotel supplied a wonderful backdrop for our vacation with kids and grandchildren. The staff could not have been more accommodating. The views from our rooms were memorable. Everyone loved the breakfast bar and later in the day, we could play card games with the family in that area. We are planning our return trip with friends and neighbors. Can't wait to see the autumn leaves from the balcony. Best trip in a long time! The Chop House right next door should not be missed!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LakeChatugeLodge, General Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, July 18, 2010
Thank you for choosing Ramada, The Lodge on Lake Chatuge! We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our property! Our area has many activities and attractions for all members of the family throughout the year! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

This property gets some good marks; the sheets and shower were clean, the staff was very friendly and the location on the lake is good. However, the property is looking "shaggy" & needs a remodel. The carpets were dirty and the decor & color scheme looked very cluttered and dated. The breakfast bar was not set up well; was crowded and cramped. The coffee was weak and the food just OK. The lobby and outdoor patio should have been much nicer, since has a lake view, but was not inviting at all.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LakeChatugeLodge, General Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, July 18, 2010
Thank you for choosing to stay with Ramada, The Lodge on Lake Chatuge. We are in the process of updating the lodge and hope to have most renovations done within the next year, including new bedding and flat screen TVs in all rooms. We apologize for any dissatisfaction you experienced with our breakfast bar and we are working to make improvements. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we hope to have you come back to stay with us again soon!
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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2010

My family and I were able to escape Atlanta for a long weekend and just went up to the Lake Chatuge Lodge to explore Hiawassee. We had a lot of fun hiking and just driving around on the mountain roads stopping to take pictures along the way. The Lodge was fantastic. Our 4-year old loved the view of the lake from the balcony. We had a comfortable room with a jacuzzi tub. The staff was accommodating and the price was right.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 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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LakeChatugeLodge, General Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, March 3, 2010
I am glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Ramada, The Lodge at Lake Chatuge. We are so convenient to Altanta, just a quick 2 hour drive, that we are the ideal spot for families wanting to get away from the "hustle & bustle" of the city. I hope you will come visit us again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

I've never had a bad experience in a hotel opereated by Ramada, but I've come to expect basic no frills accomodations.

This place far exceded what I expected.

Rates were reasonable. Staff was friendly and accomdating. Check in and check out was a quick and painless process. Breakfast area was large and there was a better than average selection of food items. We were there for an informal 20 year college reunion, and there was a very large room with TV, comfortable sofas, fire place, etc.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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LakeChatugeLodge, General Manager at Lake Chatuge Lodge, responded to this review, March 3, 2010
Thank you for your comments about Ramada, The Lodge at Lake Chatuge. Our goal is to not only meet every guest's expectations but to exceed them as well. I am glad that we were able to do that for you. I hope you will come visit us again soon. I would recommend brining your family up for the Fair in July!
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Additional Information about Lake Chatuge Lodge

Address: 653 Hwy 76, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Location: United States > Georgia > Hiawassee
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Hiawassee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Lake Chatuge Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located on Lake Chatuge in the North Georgia Mountains. Right next door to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds and Anderson Music Hall--all within walking distance. We offer free breakfast, USA Today, high speed wireless internet and parking. All rooms include private balcony or patio. Views of Lake Chatuge and mountains. Conference and meeting facilities available. Restaurant on property. Catering and banquet facilities available. ... more   less 
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