The Best Places to Stay in Helen, GA

Whether you visit Helen for its famous annual Oktoberfest celebration or its year-round Bavarian charm, it’s key to find a great place to stay. These Helen lodging options include features like riverfront locations, downtown locations, plus resort and park locations within a few miles of town!

Best Places to Stay in Helen GA

Best Places to Stay in Helen GA

Larger groups may prefer Helen GA cabin rentals so that everyone can stay in one place, while couples and small families will enjoy the convenient hotels in Helen GA.

 

Places to Stay in Helen, GA

Be sure to reserve your lodging well in advance for the peak travel times of Oktoberfest and fall foliage viewing.

 

Helen GA Cabin Rentals

Choose to reserve a cabin rental in Helen GA that has plenty of room for a large family or group of friends. The waterfront locations and proximity to downtown make them a great place to enjoy all the best of Helen! Note that cabin rentals “by owner” usually require at least a 2-night minimum stay and for the primary renter to be at least 25 years old.

 

Chattahoochee Chalet on the Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee Chalet Rental House in Helen, GA

Chattahoochee Chalet Rental House in Helen, GA [photo VRBO]

This luxury Helen chalet rental is located directly on the river for easy access to fishing, tubing, or just enjoying the view. Only a half-mile from downtown Helen shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Enjoy the hot tub, gas grill, and patio during your stay.

No smoking, no events, and no pets allowed.

  • Large 2,400 square foot house that sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $350 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
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Chattahoochee Charmer on the Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee Charmer riverfront rental house in Helen, GA

Chattahoochee Charmer riverfront rental house in Helen, GA

This waterfront Helen rental house is located on the Chattahoochee River and is only 0.3 miles from downtown Helen. Enjoy the hot tub, fire pit, patio, decks, and outdoor TV.

No indoor smoking and no pets allowed.

  • Roomy1,800 square foot house that sleeps 8 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $245 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
  • Click here to check rates and availability

 

Chattahoochee Lodge on the Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee Lodge riverfront rental house in Helen, GA

Chattahoochee Lodge rental house on the river in Helen, GA [photo VRBO]

This impeccable Helen rental house is just across the river from all the main Oktoberfest activities and central to everything Helen offers. Plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy vacation time with friends and family.

No smoking and no pets allowed.

  • Large 2,600 square foot lodge that sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $490 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 30 years old
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Lazy River Days on the Chattahoochee River

Lazy River Days Log Cabin Rental on Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA

Lazy River Days Log Cabin Rental on Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA [photo VRBO]

This log cabin rental in Helen is located on the water for vacation vibes, whether at home or downtown. Relax in the riverfront hot tub and enjoy the views from your private deck.

No smoking, no events, and no pets allowed.

  • Riverfront cabin that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $578 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
  • Click here to check rates and availability

 

Lost Soles of the River on the Chattahoochee River

Lost Soles of the River Cabin Rental in Helen, GA

Lost Soles of the River Cabin Rental in Helen, GA [photo VRBO]

This newly remodeled riverfront rental is located on the water and only 0.2 miles from downtown Helen. Enjoy the riverfront hot tub, firepit, and views from the spacious deck.

No smoking, no events, and no pets allowed.

  • Riverfront cabin that sleeps 10 in 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $476 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
  • Click here to check rates and availability

 

 

Condo and Townhome Rentals in Helen

For great Helen lodging locations with roomy accommodations, reserve a townhome or condo rental for your next stay in Helen. Note that these rentals “by owner” usually require at least a 2-night minimum stay and for the primary renter to be at least 25 years old.

 

Breathless Waterfront Condo on the Chattahoochee River

Breathless riverfront condo rental in downtown Helen, GA

Breathless riverfront condo rental (center, back building) in downtown Helen, GA [photo VRBO]

The newly updated “Breathless” condo features a central Helen location plus stunning riverfront views. Enjoy the 2-sided gas fireplace, jetted tub, covered parking, and balconies by the water and with views of the town.

No children, no smoking, no events, and no pets allowed.

  • Roomy 980 square foot condo that sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom
  • Average cost of $142 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 2 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
  • Click here to check rates and availability

 

River Haus Townhouse on the Chattahoochee River

River Haus Modern Riverfront Townhouse for Rent in Downtown Helen GA

River Haus Modern Riverfront Townhouse for Rent in Downtown Helen GA [photo VRBO]

This 3-story riverfront townhome is furnished with modern, cozy touches. Enjoy views of the river from the comfort of the hot tub and enjoy an easy walk to all the attractions in downtown Helen.

No smoking, no events, and no pets allowed.

  • Large 3,466 square foot townhome that sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms
  • Average cost of $380 / night (plus taxes and fees)
    • Minimum stay of 3-4 nights
    • Primary renter must be at least 25 years old
  • Click here to check rates and availability

 

Park Lodging in Helen

Get as close to nature as possible with a stay in a scenic state park!

 

Unicoi State Park & Lodge

Choose your preferred type of stay with overnight lodging at Unicoi Lodge located within Unicoi State Park. Book lodge rooms, cabins, RV, tent, and primitive campsites. Located just 3.0 miles from downtown Helen.

 

Resorts in Helen, GA

For a vacation that can please even the pickiest people, book a stay at one of the Helen GA resorts.

 

Valhalla Resort Hotel

Stay at the top-ranked, pet-friendly Valhalla resort hotel in Helen and enjoy on-site amenities, including the pool, bar, restaurant, private balconies, and more. Located only 1.7 miles from Helen Festhalle in downtown Helen.

 

Loreley Resort

The Loreley Resort offers 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom condo rentals in Helen. This Helen GA resort is located about a mile from the center of Helen on the Chattahoochee River and includes amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, wifi, and tennis courts. Friday or Saturday check-ins only. Must call to reserve (no online booking).

 

Hotels in Helen

There are also several Helen Georgia hotels that are part of national chains that are known for consistency and standardized amenities. Stay at one of these Helen GA hotels for a conventional stay any time of year.

 

Baymont by Wyndham

Start your day with free breakfast and a trip to the fitness room or seasonal pool. Enjoy the conveniences of a microwave, mini-refrigerator, HDTV, wifi, safe, and more in every room! Upgrade to rooms that include a fireplace, jetted hot tub, mountain views, or a private balcony. All rooms are non-smoking rooms.

Note that this hotel was formerly known as Baymont Inn & Suites Helen.

 

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Enjoy a dip in the indoor pool all year long, plus in-room amenities including a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee-makers. No pets allowed.

 

Econo Lodge

This pet-friendly hotel includes a pool, free wifi, free breakfast, and smoking or non-smoking rooms.

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Helen

For those looking for Marriott hotels in Helen GA, reserve a stay at the smoke-free Fairfield Inn & Suites and enjoy free parking, hot breakfast, wifi, indoor pool, fitness center, plus more!

 

Hampton Inn Helen GA

Enjoy the central riverfront location at the Hampton Inn in Helen GA, plus covered parking, an exercise room, a swimming pool, and a complimentary full breakfast. Suites and rooms with a balcony are available. All rooms are pet-free and smoke-free.

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen


Recharge at the smoke-free Holiday Inn Express each night and enjoy free Express Start breakfast each morning. Additional amenities include free wifi, coffee and tea, a fitness center, and smart touches to make travel as easy as possible. Relax in the indoor pool after a day of exploring the town and surrounding areas. No pets allowed.

 

Quality Inn Alpine Helen

The Quality Inn Alpine Helen offers pet-friendly lodging with amenities that include free wifi and free hot breakfast.

 

Red Roof Inn

Take advantage of amenities including a pool, free wifi, free parking, and free breakfast at this pet-friendly hotel.

 

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Helen Downtown

Enjoy free parking, wifi, and an indoor pool at the SureStay Hotel by Best Western. No pets allowed. Must be 21 years old to check-in.

 

Local Hotels, Motels, and Inns in Helen

Reserve your next Helen, Georgia lodging in a local hotel, motel, or inn for a unique stay experience.

 

Biscuit Inn

For those that want to include their pets in their vacation plans, consider a stay at Biscuit Inn, where pets are not only welcome but built into the hotel’s theme.

Located about 4 miles from downtown Helen, the Biscuit Inn requires a two-night minimum stay (3-night minimum during holidays). Rooms do not have phones or internet service.

 

AmeriVu Inn & Suites

Cool off in the seasonal pool at this inn on Helen’s main street. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, but no pets are allowed.  Stays include a deluxe continental breakfast.

 

Black Forest Bed and Breakfast

 

Budgetel Inn and Suites

This motel features a seasonal outdoor pool, free self-parking, and free WiFi in public areas and rooms. Dogs and cats are welcome with payment of nightly pet fees.

 

Castle Inn

Castle Inn in Helen GA

Castle Inn in Helen GA (right) and pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee River

Experience a unique stay at this old English-style inn located in the middle of Helen on the Chattahoochee River at Main Street. Rooms feature breathtaking views and easy access to the Chattahoochee River and Helen’s Main Street.

 

Heidi Motel

Stay at the iconic Heidi Motel — the only regional motel where you can stay in a windmill suite! Amenities include free wifi, refrigerator, microwave, and some rooms include a fireplace. Pet-friendly rooms should be requested when reserving your stay.

 

Helen Alpine Village Inn

All rooms at the Helen Alpine Village Inn are pet-free and smoke-free. Enjoy amenities including free self-parking and a picnic area.

 

Helendorf River Inn & Suites

Stay in this central location on the Chattahoochee River and enjoy amenities including an outdoor pool, free wifi, free breakfast, rooms with microwaves and refrigerators, and free parking!

 

Hofbrau Riverfront Hotel

Enjoy free wifi and a seasonal pool at the Hofbrau Riverfront Hotel. All rooms are pet-free.

 

Riverbend Motel & Cabins

Enjoy views of the Chattahoochee River and the convenience of staying in downtown Helen at the smoke-free Riverbend Motel & Cabins. This pet-friendly hotel offers free wifi, free breakfast, and access to a BBQ grill and an outdoor picnic area.

 

Interactive Map of Lodging in Helen

Which places to stay in Helen look most inviting to you? Enter your travel dates into the interactive map below to see current availability and rates for your trip to Helen, Georgia!

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Best Places to Stay in Helen GA

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16 Responses

  1. Vanabell says:

    So Alyce! This I some really informative list of Places. I have been to only on from the many listed on this article.  The Fairfield Inn & Suite. They took COVID seriously and kept the space ultra clean. The breakfast was nice with lots of variety. We were surprised since many hotels eliminated the buffet style breakfast, in the common room. There were fresh fruits, yogurts, eggs and sausage etc. I am glad I came across this Article, Now I got a few selected to try out.

    • Alyce says:

      Thanks for the info Vanabell! It’s very comforting to know that guest and staff safety was taken seriously during your trip to The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Helen!

  2. Parameter says:

    As I read through you review on Helen, I cannot take my off the gorgeous accommodation although they seams a lot expensive with the various condition but I must say that this are places that can take your mind off the haustle of the day to day. From Helen chalet sitting on the river to Chattahoochee, all are good places to help focus and keep your mind relaxed. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Parameter, Any time of year is great time to visit Helen GA, but the prices are likely to be the highest on holiday weekends and during Helen’s Oktoberfest from mid-September to early November. If your travel dates are flexible, you should be able to find lower nightly rates for travel in the off seasons. Good luck!

  3. Nina says:

    I’ve traveled a lot on the East coast of the US but never really explored the western part of the state. It looks beautiful. Your website is very thorough and offers tons of information if you are visiting in the area. Helen, Georgia looks like a very nice place to visit. I’ll have to remember this website when I plan my next trip in that area.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Nina, Georgia’s coast is quite beautiful but it’s alsost hard to believe how quickly the landscape changes when you arrive in the mountains in the Northern part of Georiga. The town of Alpine Helen is a unique treasure that would certainly surprise someone who came across it without knowing where they were headed. I hope you get a chance to take a scenic detour towards the mountains on your next “east coast” trip! 

  4. JJ says:

    There are so many exciting places to choose from. I love the townhouses and the Chattahoochee Chalet also the lodge. My family, brothers and cousins are scattered all over the world and we plan vacations to meet for at least a week. The Georgia selection would be a good area to check out a little more closely. I love the facilities that are in the area, and the access to the river. I am sure they would enjoy it,. Thanks for introducing me to this area.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi JJ, A vacation rental house in Helen is the ideal choice for spending holiday time with a large group or family. Enjoy your trip!

  5. Leahrae says:

    I am German and have been looking at choices for a good Oktober Fest.  There just are too many.  All say they are good, but are usually small and not authentic.  The one in Helen piques my interest.  So I am going to look at all the places to stay that you mention are good choices.  I will go from there.  Thank you!

    • Alyce says:

      The town of Helen GA has been working on its Alpine charm for decades, and in its 50th year celebrating Oktoberfest, the town is excited to share its authentic celebration experience. Be sure to book your place to stay as early as possible as Helen is a popular Oktoberfest destination and the town always sells out of rooms on busy Oktoberfest weekends!

  6. António Mateus says:

    Hello, Alyce!

    My choice is definitely the Breathless Waterfront Condo on the Chattahoochee River for sure!!

    I’ll be undoubtedly looking forward to visiting Helen after reading your website. Your post is so thorough and clear, very reliable as it shows what one should expect of all those wonderful places to visit.

    Thanks so much for sharing and I’ll keep an eye on your posts. Stay safe!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Antonio! The Breathless condo on the Chattahoochee River is the perfect spot to take in the scenic views of the water and easily walk to everything in downtown Helen. Great choice to help you fully enjoy your trip!

  7. Sunquan says:

    Oh wow this is a very comprehensive post on the best places to stay in Helen. I’m personally interested in staying at the Biscuit Inn because it is just so cute and I only travel if my dog can come with me (at least within the states). Thanks for letting us know that there is a minimum of 2 nights stay, guess it’s very popular? 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Sunquan, The Biscuit Inn is indeed a popular choice with dog owners and the “gourmutt” dog treats they provide are sure to make it a dog favorite too!

  8. Sammy Allen says:

    Dear Alyce, 

    Thanks for putting such a comprehensive and beautiful site. It made me want to go on vacation right away. I especially like all the options and photos you’ve posted of each of the places you recommend. I also really like how they are all aesthetic and affordable. Thanks for putting this together to make my Oktoberfest planning a lot easier.

    L, Sammy

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Sammy, Helen is a unique little mountain town and it helps to spend at least a night there to fully appreciate its charms. I hope you find a great place to stay in Helen and enjoy your trip!

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