This is going to be a somewhat complicated affair. There are different aspects of this facility that must be considered.
My wife and I spent one night (two days) as the end cap of a week celebrating her 50th birthday. I will lodge room, the lodge itself and the restaurant. We stayed in a loft unit as our daughter was with us. We had two meals at the restaurant and we were in the lodge itself a good bit.
About our lodge room.....
1. The room (as well as the whole place) was clean and tidy.
2. It was roomy downstairs and in the loft.
3. It was thoughtfully appointed with small touches.
4. It was comfortable including the pillows and mattresses.
5. The views and surroundings are fantastic. In each building there is a large common room that has a TV and a fireplace. Great for groups.
1. The room has an under windows heating/air unit for each room that looks like it was installed in the 1970's. The "off" button did not work. It took us about 8 hours to get it properly regulated where we were comfortable. We cannot fathom why a facility that promotes energy conservation so much would be using these units. Their energy bill must be off the charts.
2. The cable TV would regularly suffer from interference and once winked out completely for about 30 minutes. We weren't there for the TV anyway.
3. The whole place is a little thread worn. It would not take much to correct this as it is fundamentally sound.
About the restaurant....
1. The food is good. All of it. They had Fried Georgia Mountain Trout the night we were there and it was the best we have ever had. Everything else was very good.
2. The staff was great. They remembered us from dinner to breakfast and placed us at the same table.
3. The dinner was pricey but well worth it. Breakfast is what you would expect to pay.
About the Lodge....
The Lodge space is large and roomy. There are common spaces with fireplaces for relaxation and conversation. The entire staff is great. The gift shop is fantastic. We spent about an hour there. Parking is fine but getting from parking to the rooms can be a bit of a walk.
In two days we did Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park's Bottom Lake Trail, the Unicoi Gap portion of the Appalachian Trail and Helen, GA. Overall, we would not hesitate recommending this property to friends and family as long as they are aware of the above. We will certainly visit again. Next time we will try the cottages just to mix things up if we can. They have minimum stay requirements.
About the lodge....
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- Also Known As:
- Unicoi State Park Hotel Helen
- Unicoi State Park Lodge And Conference Center Helen
- Unicoi State Park Helen