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Amicalola Falls Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is the second time that we have visited this Lodge when in the Atlanta area over Thanksgiving. We were a little late for the autumn leaves this year, but the views were still beautiful overlooking the mountains. The rooms need to be renovated but are ok.

For those who have not yet visited, the restaurant has one of the most breath-taking views in Georgia overlooking the Appalachian mountains. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The restaurant food was good. Denise was our server and she was excellent with probably the best service we have had in a long time. She speaks a little Korean and we really enjoyed it.

We highly recommend this place as it is far better than other state park hotels we have visited. My suggestion is visit in the autumn when the colors are so vibrant and it is warm enough to be outside.

Room Tip: Ask the front desk which rooms are the best. The one we were in needed renovation,
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2013

Thank you for your comments about our Lodge and staff. We are very excited to announce that we are in the planning stages of a complete renovation that will address your concerns. We look forward to your next visit and hope to show off our new look.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We enjoyed the lodge but the rooms and lodge decor need updating. Paint was chipping off the ceiling and the heater/ ac was very noisy. However, the outstanding location atop the mountain and the beautiful view from our room and the lobby made me glad we chose the lodge. The restaurant was pretty good but not great. All of the lodge employees were friendly and professional. Rick, our waiter in the restaurant, was extremely nice and friendly with our kids.

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Lori V, General Manager at Amicalola Falls Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2013

Thank you for your imput, we are in the process or planning the upcoming renovations and appreciate all the feedback we can get in order to make the long anticipated repairs and upgrades. Thank you for letting us know how great Rick was we will make sure to share this with him and his manager. We hope to see you visit us again soon and we can not wait to show off our new look.

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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Lovely lodge at the top of the falls. Short walk to the falls, then long/many flights of stairs down the falls to various viewing/vantage points - just remember you have to walk back up. Very quiet/restful in the evenings. Front desk staff was more than helpful and efficient at check-in and throughout our stay. The restaurant serves a buffet dinner, however, choices are limited, unless you like just salad - shrimp runs out quickly (was told, sorry, that's all the shrimp we put out for the evening - one bowl and it was gone 30 minutes into dinner service - it wasn't a busy evening either) and the other options are few and don't look very appetizing. Breakfast was somewhat better. This is very unfortunate as it is the only negative aspect about staying here (there are no other dining options within a reasonable distance).

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

On 8/4/12 my husband and I held our wedding and reception here. We started working with the staff back in March, and it was a fantastic experience. Due to the weather we had our ceremony in the lower lobby, and there was plenty of room for our ~75 guests. Our reception was in the Oak Hall (the one large banquet room), and we again had plenty of room for our guests and dance floor.
The staff was FANTASTIC every step of the way - thank you Ronna!! They helped us find great vendors, coordinate set, arrange our rehearsal dinner in the restaurant and generally just took great care of us.
Although the lodge is older, it was comfortable and nicely priced for our out of town guests, and the wedding rental and reception prices were very reasonable. We loved getting to share the GA mountains with our family and friends from out of state. Several of our Atlanta friends made a weekend of it and also stayed at the Lodge. Everyone loved the view, the hiking and being away from it all.
The restaurant is buffet only, and the dishes range from average to great. There is always good salad and fruit.
We stayed in a junior suite and used another junior suite as a "hospitality suite" / groom's room. It was nice to have a place for folks to hang out.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Enjoyed the lodge, hiking and sunsets. sunsets remarkable, history very interesting. Beautiful falling waterfall, we got some great photos. excellent place for families who love to hike.

Breakfast buffet good but evening buffet entrees were overlooked

Staff everywhere wonderful.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

A few things...I grew up taking vacations at state parks throughout Georgia and know what to expect. The lodge is beginning to show its age and strains from State budget cuts. With that being said, the location, views, and peacefulness can't be beat. Plenty of trails and things to do...falls are great for hiking and a picnic. Restaurant was decent for supper, a good value for $12/adult, kids 4 and under eat free. View from restaurant was awesome for sunset. breakfast buffet was great. Easy day trips to Elijay, Dahlonega. Check "specials" on ga state park website!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Yes, an amazing location and view! Too bad the view was spoiled by the seriously bad all you can eat buffet, and a room that was in bad need of paint and updated furniture and linen. Honestly, the back porch are and view off the lobby were stunning. We watched a sunset and saw a young man proposing to his lady....very nice! The hiking is exceptional and you will have a great time. Don't expect great food or luxury, although the staff was very helpful and kind, I would have dinner before I arrived, or plan to drive into town. They can do better for $150.00 a night for a loft room....although you do get free breakfast for two! I am told that they will close the cottages soon for a complete remodel...great news!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Amicalola Falls Lodge

Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Dr, Dawsonville, GA 1212
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: $106 - $236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge
Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville

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