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Amicalola Falls Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dawsonville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 January 2010

My husband and I took a 2 day, 1 night, "get-out-of-the-house and away from it all" trip last weekend. We stayed at the Amicalola Falls Lodge. Being somewhat off-season, the park felt somewhat secluded, but we loved this as we do not especially like the crowds. We hiked up to the falls, edged with ice and beautiful. We contemplated going into Dawsonville to eat dinner but stayed at the lodge and ate at the restaurant . We were seated at a window table and watched the sun go down over the mountains. It was absolutely beautiful! We watched a family of deer graze below us on the lawn. The food and service were good. The next morning, we had the complimentary breakfast and sat at the same window table. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I would recommend this park and lodge to anyone who just wants to get away for awhile. The "Winterlogical" room rate was only $69 and was more than worth it for the peace and quiet it afforded. This is definitely not the place for those who want to stay "in the middle of everything" with crowds, entertainment, etc., but it was perfect for us.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2009

My husband and I traveled to North Carolina from SE Texas at the end of April 2009. After a recommendation on TA, we decided to spend one night at the Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park ($112), Georgia. I'm so glad that we did. The park is beautiful! And so is the Lodge. It is at the top of a mountain above the falls. Our room was on the 4th floor with a fantastic view of the mountains and the valley below! We were satisfied with our room; it was clean and quiet; everything worked. After hiking down the steps to the falls observation platform and back up, we ate at the Lodge restaurant (more mountain views). The dinner buffet was $10.95. The food was okay. There was only one waitress and she did the best that she could. There are several hikes in the area, besides the waterfall hike. As it was getting late, we did the short Lodge Loop and then sat in the rocking chairs and watched the sunset. The next morning we skipped the Lodge breakfast and traveled on to Dahlonega. After a couple of days in North Carolina, we had to cut our trip short because of bad weather. We are planning to go back to NC next year and spend more time in Georgia. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2009

We stayed one nght at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge. We stayed there with our two children (9 & 12). The room was better than we expected! The view was great. The room was small and it was by no means modern. It was clean and well-kept. I would not have wanted to stay at the lodge any longer, but it was perfect for our one night stay. We did not eat at the lodge. We traveled to the Dawsonville square to eat. After staying the one night at the lodge, we hiked the five miles to Hike Inn the next day.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

It had been years since we last visited this Lodge, I remember it being modern, beautiful, and romantic. What a disappointment, although the room was clean, that was all, the widow frames were broken and the windows would not open, bathroom sink handle was broken, vents on heat & air were broken. The place look like it just had a cheep overhaul. The Maple Restaurant looked the same way, a window shade was broken in two and hanging from both sides of the window, this restaurant had a over all greasy feeling. Lunch was an over priced $10.95 disaster, no plates, salad area was missing some of the basics like cheese, mushrooms, bacon bits, peppers, it was pretty much lettuce, and and what looked like cheap ground up ham, the bowl containing the croûton was 1/4 full of packed croûton power, some onions and cottage cheese. Soup and salad was $5.95, Soup was French Onion, look so bad it would not even try it, the other was a bean soup of some kind, was edible, but just. The main buffet was just a bad, fish was dry, I would not touch the chips, The one thing I real did object to was the hot food on the buffet was COLD...I guess there steam tables were also broken too like everything else. I looked up and noticed their beautiful pine wood sealing had a large areas covered with mold & water damage from past roof leaks. Get this, they wanted $15.95 for Sunday Brunch, we did lunch & dinner the first day, the second we had our free breakfast, then drove into town for a real lunch & dinner. The only thing great about the Lodge was the view of the mountains. Over all I was very very very disappointed with this government run/funded establishment. Instead to coming here next time am going would try one of the local establishments in Dahlonega.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2009

The mountain top location of this lodge is wonderful, and most of the rooms have spectacular views overlooking a valley surrounded by lush mountains; this is the major strength of the lodge. The rooms themselves are dated and bare-bones all around (furniture, color scheme, decor, TV, coffee maker, bathroom fixtures. Cleanliness is acceptable, but the rooms definitely have an economy-class feel. The public areas are rustic and classy, emphasizing the mountain views. Ask for a room on the top floor for the best views over the treeline. This is a peaceful, serene environment at the top of the falls.

We skipped the lodge's dinner buffet (the restaurant looked abandoned) and drove to Dawsonville Dog's & Hog's, which was a 30 minute drive; the meal was filling and tasty, although it is not cooked to order, the food is pre-cooked and they serve it to you. We ate breakfast in the lodge restaurant, and it was the standard budget hotel fare. We were only provided two breakfast tickets, although the room we were in was for four people.

Some of the lodge staff were professional, while others were terrible, perhaps due to the fact that it is a state park, rather than a hotel chain. The front desk was under-staffed during our stay, and there were long wait times in line to check in and out. The price is fair value, only since the views are wonderful, otherwise the rooms and service are akin to a budget hotel. Many (not all) simple guest requests that any other hotel can handle quickly were long, involved ordeals here, such as correcting and settling room charges during checkout. In general, most of the lodge staff were not inclined to greet guests with a smile, nor welcome you with a sense of genuine hospitality and cheerfulness; staff appeared frazzled and overwhelmed much of the time, and they did not help out one another as much as is typical of teamwork in most hotels.

Amicalola Falls is a great natural wonder, we walked up and down the stairs, and hiked some of the trails, which were easy to moderately challenging, nothing extreme or rough. There is enough to keep you occupied in the park for a full day, staying overnight is good if you want a one-night respite in the mountains, but I would not do more than one night. Amicalola Falls can be a single day trip (no overnight) if you live in metro Atlanta. We are not likely to spend the night in this lodge again, we would probably visit other Georgia state parks, or Blood Mountain. There are daily activities in the park so check with the front desk or Visitor's Center for the schedule. We visited Burt's Farm to check out their pumpkins and pick up local produce.

All cars must pay for a $5 Park Pass that is good for the duration of your stay. The free wireless internet signal was weak inside the top floor room, but was strong in the atrium area above the lobby on the top floor.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

We stayed at the Lodge at Amicalola the night before visiting the Falls. The lodge is perfectly situated up on a rise so that you can see the mountains all around you. The view is gorgeous from your room. The room was very clean and well kept. The furnishings were a bit old and out of date, but were comfortable. The front desk staff was great (but the staff in the restaurant was just ok - I have another review of the restaurant). I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank Nymph74
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

We stayed in the lodge which is on top the mountain. The view out our room window was beautiful. Accomodations were basic "state park" but clean and comfortable. We had dinner in the lodge restaurant which was a buffet. Overall, the food was not good. We'll go back in the future but will probably buy a sub sandwich at home, put it in an ice chest, and avoid the restaurant. All considered, we had a really nice weekend.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Dr, Dawsonville, GA 1212
Region: 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: £101 - £134 (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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Amicalola Falls State Park And Lodge
Amicalola Falls State Park Hotel Dawsonville

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