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Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lakemont
Certificate of Excellence
Clarkesville, Georgia
2 reviews
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“Lake Rabun Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

We live in Clarkesville GA. We have heard about Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant. When we walked in the Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, it was beautiful! Wooden furniture was amazing. We had reservations in the Restaurant with friends. We did not have to wait. The atmosphere was good, and the food was excellent. We will go there again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
We are so happy that you had such a wonderful dining experience! Thank you for being our guests and taking the time to write such a lovely review about us.
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Mount Airy, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We don't live very far away from the Lake Rabun Hotel, but wanted a quiet escape between Christmas and New Year's and did not want to drive a great distance. We chose the Lake Rabun Hotel and enjoyed every second of our escape. We arrived Friday evening and enjoyed a delicious meal (be sure to make a reservation). The peppermint martini was wonderful. Saturday evening we had another fantastic meal, this time with a mug of hot spiced cider - YUM! Breakfast is beyond any description I could give. Suffice it to say that you won't need lunch. The rooms are small, but had everything we needed. It was especially nice to get away from TV and ringing phones. The ambience was relaxing and enjoyable, and the decorations were lovely. Every staff member we encountered was helpful and accommodating. We enjoyed our stay and look forward to another opportunity to escape.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
We are so glad that you were able to enjoy your "staycation" away from home! Thank you for taking the time to posting your experience at the Lake Rabun Hotel. We cannot wait to have you back!
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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

After Christmas and a wonderful visit with family in North AL and North GA, we wanted to get away from it all before beginning the New Year back in NC. So it was with delight that we found LRH in Lakemont, GA. As we drove through the GA Mountains, and up to Lakemont, we were delighted at the sight of this rustic, charming Inn! We had an informative tour and orientation by Mary and were immediately impressed with the hospitality and charm of all! We had dinner reservations, (highly recommended) and we could not have been more surprised and delighted at the selection! The restaurant is 5 star in every aspect! We stayed in the Andrea Room and were cozy with our fireplace on the cold nights! It has a timer and went out when we were long asleep! The beds are soft, so if you need a firm bed, stay in the cottage! Loved the balcony just outside our room, where Chloe, the Inn's cat, lay curled up! The Christmas decorations and firelpace hearth added all the more ambiance to the sitting area downstairs! The sideboard upstairs offered tea and coffee, as well as Christmas cookies, throughout the day, which was perfect as we came and went throughout the day! Mary advised us with things to do, such as visiting Tallulah Falls, touring the Lakes, and enjoying Clarkesville, Tiger, Lakemont and Clayton, GA! To my delight, as we rode through the mountainside, if I saw one turkey, I saw a hundred! We enjoyed the board games in the parlor and I have never had such wonderful gourmet breakfasts which are included! We stayed three nights and would do it all over again! We highly recommend this beautiful retreat in North GA!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Melaney S
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
If I had just one word to describe you as our guests I would simply say: delightful. We genuinely love getting to know our guests and provide "above and beyond" service to everyone. We count both of you friends as well. The drink, by the way, is simply called the Honey Ginger Cocktail. We thank you so much for your patronage and cannot wait to see the two of you again.
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Lake City, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

I'll never do justice to this hotel or our experience here. We recently returned from a 4 night get-away to the Lake Rabun Hotel. We loved it as soon as we pulled in. Rustic and warm from the outside and even warmer inside. Decorated beautifully for Christmas, we reeled in the sights, sounds and smells of this place. Continuous Christmas music was piped throughout and even outside. At night, the lights and temperatures made it look and feel just the way Christmas should.
The staff was outstanding...friendly, helpful and downright engaging. From Jenna to Mary to Robin and even the owner, Gwen, was there and each of them, in their own special way, made us so comfortable and at home. We were surprised that we had the place almost to ourselves. We thought more people would be looking for the cool temps and vacation time just before Christmas. We are from Florida where Christmas is usually in the 70's. But, we did meet a wonderful couple from Alaska along with the gentlemen's mother. We really enjoyed getting to know them and learning about life in the Arctic Circle. They even invited us to visit them! The food was beyond perfect. Wonderful breakfasts are included and a relaxing way to start the day. The restaurant is not open every night in the winter season but the last night we were there, it was open. The food was excellent and the service was superb. The wait-staff knew what each and everything on the menu was and could tell us how it was cooked and the ingredients. There's also a cocktail that they made up that was so good we got the recipe! I can't remember the name but it's made with Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey. Try one! I could go on and one but will stop with this...we want to go back. They are having a New Years Eve party that sounds right up my alley. Yes, the rooms are small and the walls are thin but it didn't bother us a bit. Thanks again Jenna, Mary, Robin and Gwen. We count you all as friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, December 26, 2013
I just have to say that the pleasure was all ours getting to you know you both. It was so wonderful having you as our only guests for a few days. You had the unique experience of getting to know the in's and out's of the hotel all on your own. We never tire of hearing our guest rave about the time that they have spent here. We thank you very much, and our doors are always open whenever you want to come back.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013 via mobile

This is definitely a unique property and a great place to meet new people who share a love of fine cuisine and rustic elegance. The spa massage options were a plus and surprisingly good. It rained the entire time we were there but we couldn't have been happier visiting a nearby winery and sitting by the fire! Luckily the sun came out in time for us to take a hike up to the water falls near by. If you are ever in Atlanta take a drive north to this historic lodge - it is absolutely worth the trip.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Thank Margaret H
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
It seems that the best thing to do while it's raining is to have a great massage and a nice glass of wine! We are happy that the gloomy weather didn't spoil your trip, and we are always grateful for such kind words. We are so appreciative of all of our guests and love to help them have an amazing experience at such a unique and wonderful vacation destination. Thank you again for taking the time to review Lake Rabun Hotel and we look forward to having you as our guest in the future!
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Gainesville, Georgia
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

My wife and I did a quick one night anniversary stay at LRH and the experience was fantastic! Having a December anniversary, we always enjoy the beauty of Christmas decorations, and they certainly were beautiful at LRH. Our dinner was perhaps the best meal we have ever enjoyed- she had the scallops and I had the steak, both excellent. After dinner we relaxed on the cozy deck with Chloe the cat, a gentle rain on the tin roof and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. The room was comfy, and the fireplace just right. We loved bing able to slip out of the room and grab a cup of coffee from the sideboard in the upper hallway. The furnishings are georgeous, and you really feel as though you have traveled far away to some remote lodge.

For breakfast, we were greeted by an overly ample plate of eggs, bacon, biscuit and sausage gravy, with a fresh fruit parfait that was out of this world. Jenna, our server was attentive and pleasant, and we enjoyed talking with her. You can't go wrong by booking here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank jvc1221
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Jenna T, General Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
It was such a pleasure getting to know the two of you! It is always so much fun for us to have first-time guests. We sincerely hope that you and your wife had a very happy anniversary, and we hope to be the start of a new tradition for you and your family.
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Marietta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

I think the word "hotel" is a bit misleading, as the establishment is actually a beautifully renovated old house with shared common areas and a restaurant downstairs. Also, from looking at the picture, you would think it's in the middle of the woods, but actually there are a number of other houses and buildings right around it. We stayed in the cabin adjacent to the property and rented both halves of it, which I was very glad to do, because it would have been very strange sharing the porch with another random couple. Also one side of the cabin controls the heat and A/C and the other half has no control of it, so if you just rent one half, be sure to get the side with the kitchen and fireplace. The bathrooms were really cool--rock wall showers and funky sinks--and the decor was very fun, lots of old antiques and quirky knickknacks. The best part of the whole place was the RESTAURANT!!! Oh my goodness, but was it delish!! And it was affordable too! You pay a 3-star price for a 5-star meal. Every thing we put in our mouths was fantastic. The included breakfast was also divine, if a little heavy--you don't get to choose what you order, they just bring out what the cook felt like making that day. The restaurant can accommodate vegan and gluten-free requests if you tell them in advance, though. The free tea and cookies were nice for snacks, as there wasn't a convenience store or grocery store anywhere near. The hotel does not allow kids under 10, which is smart, because of the shared common areas and design of the hotel. We liked the hotel but be warned if you stay on a Saturday night--there is an open-air wedding venue right across the street which plays music until 11:00 pm. Normally this kind of thing drives me crazy, but we actually had fun listening to the music on our balcony; however, I wish they would have cut it off at 10 instead of 11. I guess the main thing I had to get over was I had in my head that it would be a mountain cabin type experience but it was more of a high-density lake living experience than I was expecting. It was nice and fun, but pricey for what you get. So overall, I liked it but there is some improvement to be made, except for in the kitchen, which gets a perfect 10!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jenna T, Guest Relations Manager at Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
We are so glad that you found many aspects of the hotel that you enjoyed. We constantly strive to make improvements, so we appreciate any and all guest feed back. The Lake Rabun Hotel does pride itself on the fine dining in which we are able to offer not only our hotel guests, but to the local population as well. Thank you very much for being our guest, and we hope to see you back again very soon.
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Property: Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 35 Andrea Ln, Lakemont, GA 30552-2115
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Location: United States > Georgia > Rabun County > Lakemont
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lakemont
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant celebrated its 90th birthday in 2012. It's the last surviving mountain lodge on a lake in Georgia. Because it has stayed true to the look and the feeling of another, perhaps more peaceful, time, it's been called both a regional and a national treasure. For decades generations have enjoyed the beauty of the lake and mountains. Carefully restored by preservationists in 2008 to maintain its ancestral charm, it features gardens of native plants, rock pillars and walkways, locust log decks, and balconies with views of Lake Rabun and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Rabun is one of the most beautiful lakes in the mountains of North Georgia. ... more   less 
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