Helendorf River Inn, Suites, & Conference Center

Stay at Helendorf River Inn Suites & Conference Center in Helen, GA. Dates Available into December.

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Bavarian-Style Lodge on Chattahoochee River

Helendorf River Inn Suites & Conference Center is situated on the recently renovated riverbanks of the Chattahoochee River amid northeast Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, but it looks like it could be right at home in Germany. It has alpine-style architecture, including brown gingerbread trim and a turret, which gives it the feel of a stately Bavarian lodge. Appropriately, Helendorf is at the heart of the town of Helen, a pedestrian-friendly mile-long stretch of artisan shops, restaurants, and brauhauses that embrace all things German.

Inside, you’ll find thick wood timbers lining the lobby ceiling. Feel free to lounge and sip complimentary coffee or watch television on the lobby's 52-inch flat-screen TV. The newly renovated riverfront balcony rooms feature private balconies with views of the Chattahoochee riverfront. You can also enjoy the calm waters of the heated enclosed pool surrounded by walls of windows.

Helendorf has an assortment of surrounding shops and restaurants. Savor authentic carne asada and fajitas at La Cabana Express, stop to pose for an antique sepia-toned photo, or stroll downtown to fully experience the town’s German culture.

Helen, Georgia: Replica Bavarian Village Surrounded by the Appalachians

In 1968, the townspeople of Helen, Georgia—a struggling textile mill town in the Blue Ridge Mountains—hatched a dramatic plan to reinvigorate the economy and boost tourism. Led by local business owners and artists, Helen adopted a German identity, complete with cobblestone alleys, timber-frame cottages, and Old-World towers. Ever since, the town has thrived as a Bavarian-style village, now welcoming nearly two million visitors a year. Several festivals take place in the town every year, most notably a hot-air balloon race, a German-style Mardi Gras, and an eight-week-long Oktoberfest.

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen is also home to some incredible countryside scenery. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes nearby, and the Anna Ruby Falls drop off in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The area’s natural setting lends itself to scenic outdoor activities, including tubing down the Chattahoochee River.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in a riverfront balcony room
  • Dates into December

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • All prices and fees listed in US dollars unless otherwise noted
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed. Read the Fine Print for important info on offer details and other restrictions.


  • Nearby dining
  • Enclosed pool
  • Surrounding specialty shops
  • Stair access to the Chattahoochee River

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 4-day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points

Other Details

Room Details

Riverfront Balcony Room

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 13 or older, kids 12 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.; late checkout of 12:30 p.m. available for an additional $20
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Pet policy: no pets allowed
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Athens Ben Epps Airport (AHN; 67 miles)
  • Distance from Atlanta: about 86 miles

Customer Reviews

nice room & great location
Tresia B. · February 14, 2013
front desk staff was friendly & very helpful!
Tresia B. · February 14, 2013
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