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.
- 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 Hotel Dawsonville
- Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge