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Amicalola Falls Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
Atlanta
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“Nice but don't expect the Ritz!”
Reviewed September 1, 2011

They had a last minute deal on the rooms and we decided to head up to Amicalola Falls for a one night getaway. The Lodge was easy to get to as it's on the state park grounds. I live in GA so we checked out a parks pass from the library & had free parking (though the Lodge will give you a pass for your remaining days with them.) The rooms are very basic & have TV, clock, hair dryer, iron/board & soap/lotion/shampoo/conditioner dispensers. They all have wonderful views as does the dining room & sitting rooms (there are 2.) The downstairs sitting room has a huge TV, couches & a few books people have left. Outside is a veranda w/rocking chairs for viewing the sunset. The breakfast buffet was southern food- grits, bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits & gravy. There was also cereal, yogurt, fruit & a waffle station. There is a small loop trail outside and another trail (you'll have to ask at the front desk as it is not marked) to get to the top of the falls. My son played in the creek while we rocked on the swing up there. We drove down to the visitor center and walked all the way up to the top of the falls & then back down. There weren't a lot of kids & there was some sort of retreat (yoga?) going on while we were there. They had a birds of prey presentation on Saturday while we were there that was good. All-in-all, one night was fine to see everything Amicalola has to offer. The room was just OK (you ARE in a state park remember) but certainly showing its age. There's not a lot to do IN the Lodge (for kids) but the park itself is great. They also have a small playground tucked in the middle of the parking lot (well shaded.)

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Pros: The beds were very comfortable, the room was clean, plenty of TV channels, and the shower was great. The view from the room is one of the most amazing I've ever seen. All the rooms are on that side of the lodge, so you will always get a view. There is also a balcony with seating off that side where we sat and watched the beautiful sunset in the mountain vista.

Cons: Only two free breakfast passes were given for a family of four. That means only two of us can eat because the breakfast buffet was expensive.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

We visit the area every few years for a family reunion. My relatives live in Dahlonega. In the past we stayed at another lodging establishment but this year we decided to try something new. What a blessing!!

The view from Amicalola lodge is spectacular. The service is good and the people are really friendly. The restaurant is to the best part - as it overlooks the top of the mountains and you can see for miles. The food was good and the service was five-star. We had Denise as our server and she was magical. Dinner was so good, we went back the second night, but unfortunately Denise was not there but the service was still good.

My wife and I highly recommend this place. We never expected a State Park Lodge to be this good

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Athens, Georgia
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

This is an underrated jewel of a State Lodge. From it you can see Atlanta's skyline and walk to the source of the falls, just a few feet away. It is located in the heart of the Georgia mountains and many nice attractions are easily reachable. We have stayed there many times, and actually, winter, or the Christmas holiday is a nice time to come, no one is there and you have the peace and solitude of the winter in the mountains. The restaurant and gift store are very good.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Annapolis, Maryland, USA
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

My wife and I stayed here with another couple in December. There was a bit of snow on the ground, but not as much as in the mountains of North Carolina. The main attraction for us was that the hiking trails were close to the lodge, so there was no need to drive or hike along the roadside to get to the trailheads.

The hotel itself was nothing spectacular. The outside looking somewhat palatial, but the room was more like your typical cheap motel. There was, however, plenty of space for conferences or celebrations. I couldn't sleep one night, so I left the room with my pillow, laid down on a big couch in one in one of the side rooms downstairs, and watched TV while the rest of my group slept. No one bothered me at all for an hour or two. It was nice. Felt a bit like home. I remember the restaurant being a bit overpriced as well. The food was just ok, but it was certainly convenient to have breakfast and dinner without driving down the mountain.

Overall, the lodge was great, more in terms of convenience than luxury. We had a wonderful time exploring the nearby trails. If you are an amateur hiker like us, then you will enjoy the moderate trails on site and maybe even try a bit of the Appalachian Trail as well!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Decatur, Georgia
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

we camped here for 3 nights in a pop up, the campground was nice, hiking trails were great. The waterfall is absolutely beautiful. The bath house at the campground is in pretty bad condition, the shower drains were clogged, no TP and no one cleaned it or restocked the hand washing soap the entire time we were there. I complained to one of the rangers on our way out and he said the camp host was supposed to be taking care of it. He said that there were plans to update the bath house this fall. The breakfast at the lodge is a great deal, esp if you have small children, they have a great breakfast bar and a do it yourself waffle maker. Great way to start the day. I took my 4 year old to see the birds show in the lobby of the hotel. That was great as well. Would have given this place 5 stars but for the bath house. We will go back.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2011

My wife and I wanted to stay in the Georgia mountains, and we have always loved this State Park. We rented a "loft" room as I thought it would be interesting and offer better views of the mountain.
The check in was efficient and the staff are very friendly. Oue room was at the top floor and had an excellent view.
Unfortunatley, the loft is very high in the room and the steel stairs are very steep. I would not call them "kid safe". Also, the air conditioning system is on the widow and all the hot air goes right to the unvented loft. It was easily 10-15 degrees hotter. Good in the winter, not so much in April.
The room included free dinner at the lodge which was your basic cafeteria style. Not great, but not bad.
After two days we asked if we could tranfer to one of their creekside cabins and the staff was able to make the change without any fuss. We spent the next two days in a wonderful cabin. We promptly stocked the fridge and prepared our own meals.
In all, both the cabins and rooms at the Lodge are a great value in a beautiful environment. If you have the time, I would try both accomodations as the Lodge is up on top of the mountain and some of the cabins are at the bottom. In this way, you can explore the whole park.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amicalola Falls Lodge
Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Dr, Dawsonville, GA 30534-1009
Location: United States > Georgia > Dawsonville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Amicalola Falls Lodge 2.5*
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 
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Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge

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