Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center - Helen, GA


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Bavarian-Style Hotel on Chattahoochee River

Helendorf River Inn, Suites & Conference Center is situated on the banks of the Chattahoochee River amid northeast Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, but it could be right at home in Germany. It has alpine architecture, including brown gingerbread trim and a turret, which gives it the feel of a stately Bavarian hotel. Appropriately, Helendorf is at the heart of the town of Helen, which features 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. The newly renovated riverfront balcony rooms overlook the Chattahoochee River. You can also enjoy the calm waters of the heated enclosed pool—one of the reasons the hotel earned a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Helendorf has an assortment of surrounding shops and restaurants. 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 sawmill 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
  • Up to two kids 12 or younger stay free.
  • 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 nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.


  • 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 (Visa, MC, or Discover only)
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Riverfront Balcony

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

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: begins at 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms are available upon request by calling the property.
  • Pet policy: no pet-friendly rooms available with this offer.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Habsersham County airport (AJR: 22 miles) and nearest major airport is Hartsfield, located in Atlanta.
  • Distance from Atlanta: about 86 miles

Customer Reviews

12 Ratings

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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