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Helendorf River Inn and Conference Center
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Helen
Certificate of Excellence
Appling, Georgia
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6 reviews
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“"Pet friendly" plus......”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

My husband and I spent a few days at the Helendorf Inn. We wanted to take our yorkie and were looking for a "pet friendly" hotel. Since there are not a lot of "pet friendly" choices in helen, we decided on this Inn after reading all the reviews. The Inn is older - as most of the Inns are - but was exceptionally clean. We stayed in room 226 and although I had requested a creek side room, we found extensive renovations to the property on the creek side. I was surprised at how clean the room was especially after being labeled a pet room. There were no pet smells or evidence of previous pets. The room had a refrigerator and microwave and also a coffee maker. The hotel provided a continental breakfast in the lobby next to the fireplace. The staff was friendly and in the lobby they had posted menus from most of the surrounding restaurants to help with dinner choices. I would definitely stay in this hotel again while visiting Helen.

Room Tip: Creek side rooms, ground level are right on the river.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hartwell, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Our family has stayed at several locations in Helen, but found this hotel to be in a great location. We will be coming back here again. The staff was friendly. I would recommend the Helendorf to anyone.

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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

My wife and I have been to Alpine Helen GA several times on day trips, but wanted to spend a couple nights this time. We wanted to take our pooch, it is often difficult to find a pet friendly hotel especially in town. I found a couple cabins or motels that took pets but they were 3 to 4 miles from downtown. We didn't want the hassle of schlepping back and forth, especially with traffic into/out of Helen which has basically one road in/out, Main Street naturally. Then I found the Helendorf Inn - we had seen it before and it looked nice. They have pet-friendly rooms in both standard and balcony/patio categories. We stayed in a Riverfront Balcony, which overlooks the Chattahoochee River. In warmer weather, you could watch people "Tubing the Hootch" but in early December it was still a lovely view. You could see the Christmas lights on Main Street from our balcony! The room was nice, had a kitchenette, a very Bavarian feel. The location is fantastic - literally a one minute walk into downtown Helen! We had a great time there, and would recommend the Helendorf to anyone, especially pet lovers.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne Beach, Fl.
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5 reviews
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We stayed in Helen, Georgia on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Friday evening was the "lighting of the town" and arrival of Santa. The town was bustling! Quaint stores to shop. Horseback riding in the area, zip lining, lots of mini-golf.
Would be nicer if there were more restaurants other than German ones. But overall, a two night stay was delightful.

Room Tip: We had a patio room right on the river, which gave us easy access to the outdoors. I am sure in the...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

My husband & I LOVED our stay at the Helendorf! This was a Mini-cation before the Christmas season kicks in full force. Our room had a nice King bed that was absolutely super comfortable! The room was spotless! Upon entering our room (upper tower room) there was a little Christmas tree setting on the dining table!!! Super Cute! Very Close to everything...walk to everything within minutes. Check-in staff very friendly & had great food suggestions (did try the Bodensee next door...YUMMY German Food!) The Christmas Parade was great. As was the Christmas Market. We bought lots of nice Christmas goodies! Breakfast was a nice surprise plenty of juice, bagles, pastries, coffee, yogurt & fresh fruit and some very good homemade apple cider (cider was available all day in the lobby) Patio on river side has been newly remodeled, very pretty! Book it you wont be disappointed! The Todt's

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

My friend and I went to Helen GA for a weekend trip to enjoy the many activities for the Christmas season. After reviewing different hotels here on Tripadvisor, I decided on the Helendorf as it was within walking distance to the shops and activities, and the price was right.
We were greeted warmly by the front desk clerk, given information about the free breakfast, wi-fi, and recommendations for restaurants and activities.
Our room was their standard room, 2 queen beds, with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, flat screen tv, and the thing that really impressed me was there was a table top Christmas tree. What a nice touch!
Breakfast was standard fare of bagels, danishes. a variety of cereals, yogurt and fruit. There was also a variety of juices, milk, coffee, water for hot tea, and hot apple cider. Coffee and the hot apple cider were also offered throughout the day in the lobby.

A beautiful weekend and enjoyed the Christmas parade, shopping, and visit to the Unicoi Lodge to see the Festival of Trees and Gingerbread house displays.

If you go, check out Old Bavarian Inn for great German food, Hofer's for REAL inhouse made German cakes and pastries, Higher Ground Coffee, The Hayloft Restaurant and Bar for great music and dancing, and Wendell's Country Restaurant in nearby Sautee for a yummy Sunday lunch.
We had a great time and would stay at the Helendorf the next time we are in town!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We loved every minute of our visit in Helen, Ga. Although the hotel is older, you can tell the upkeep is top priority. Very clean room with a great view of the stream. The staff was friendly & the continental breakfast was a nice treat. The location is about as good as it gets. Leave the car parked & either direction leads you to town. Never seen a city like this. A must see if visiting north GA.
We captured some amazing pictures! Thank you Helen for the wonderful memories :-)

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Helendorf River Inn and Conference Center
Address: 33 Munich Strasse, Helen, GA 30545-3644
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Location: United States > Georgia > Helen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Helen
#7 Romantic Hotel in Helen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Helendorf River Inn and Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
American owned and Army family operated for over 38 years…Whether you’re looking for a family vacation place, meeting space or a party venue, The Helendorf is ideal. Our 99 lodging rooms and multiple meeting facilities have hosted everything from weddings and reunions, to mountain bike clubs and sports car rallies, to groups of all kinds. Even your pets have a place here! Celebrating its thirty-eighth year as a mountain community hotel with a Bavarian flourish, the Helendorf offers access to a wide array of attractions — ranging from Native American burial sites, to wineries, to 200+ specialty and import shops offering everything from candle making to cuckoo clocks. ... more   less 
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