Since Lake Lanier spans a wide area, you have many options for where you can base your stay. Choosing where to stay might primarily depend on your budget. However, you’ll also need to consider what you want to do and where you want to explore while at the lake.
One of the most popular places for Lanier visitors to stay is Lanier Islands in Buford. In fact, many visitors come to Lake Lanier and then make it a tradition. Within their 1,200 scenic lakefront acres, there is an abundance of activities to keep everyone entertained and yearning to come back year after year.
Though the centerpiece of the resort is the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center, other options for accommodations at Lanier Islands include Villas, LakeHouses, Shoal Creek Campgrounds, and a brand new RV Resort at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands.
In the first part of this chapter, we’ll provide a detailed listing of the accommodations options at Lanier Islands. We’ll end the chapter with a listing of some of the hotels you’ll find in the towns that surround the lake. If you’re looking for campgrounds, we’ll list those in detail in Chapter 3: Camping on Lake Lanier.
Lanier Islands – Buford, GA
Visitors return annually to Lanier Islands for the beautiful and serene setting, quality of service and plethora of activities. Lanier Islands has it all. A perfect day for some may include playing a round of golf along the lake-lined shores at Legacy Golf Club. The kids may prefer to spend an entire sunny summer’s day riding the water slides and enjoying the beach at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands beach and waterpark. Or, perhaps your ideal day is a relaxing massage at Legacy Spa, followed by an afternoon hike.
You have a choice of accommodations at Lanier Islands. You can reserve a room at Legacy Lodge, a Legacy Villa with multiple rooms, a LakeHouse, or a campsite for your RV or tent. We list the features and amenities of each in more detail below.
- Address: Lanier Islands 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
- Phone: (770) 945-8787
- Website: http://www.lanierislands.com/
- Address: Margaritaville at Lanier Islands 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
- Phone: (470) 323-3440
- Website: http://www.lanierislands.com/margaritaville
Legacy Lodge, Lanier Islands
At the heart of Lanier Islands, Legacy Lodge & Conference Center offers 216 comfortably furnished guest rooms, consisting of King Rooms, Double Queen Rooms and 4 King Suites. Their rooms offer the finest amenities, including spacious bathtubs and tiled walk-in showers, granite surfaces, balconies or patios, flat-screen televisions, complimentary wireless Internet, as well as concierge and room services. Enjoy the stunning lake view from your room while you rest, before exploring the activities and amenities Lanier Islands has to offer. Legacy Lodge is home to multiple dining options, walk-up lobby bar, 22,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a rejuvenating spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, gaming area, and a full-service business center. Legacy Lodge is also pet-friendly. Find out more about Legacy Lodge: http://www.lanierislands.com/accommodations/lodge.
Legacy Villas, Lanier Islands
Located adjacent to Legacy Lodge & Conference Center, the 6 Legacy Villas include six individually keyed rooms that total 4,500 square feet of space. Villa rooms are equipped with premium amenities and beautiful views of the lake. Legacy Villas each consist of two king rooms, two double king rooms, and two king suites, which feature private bathrooms and balconies or terraces. Guests enjoying the Villas are within walking distance of Legacy Lodge and enjoy all of the Resort’s onsite amenities. Find out more about Legacy Villas: http://www.lanierislands.com/accommodations/villas.
LakeHouses at Legacy, Lanier Islands
Located in a beautifully wooded private setting on the glimmering shores of Lake Sidney Lanier, the LakeHouses at Legacy are relaxing and conveniently designed for families and small groups. Each of these lake cabin rentals in North Georgia feature two private bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom, washer and dryer, kitchen (no oven), dining area, living area with a sleeper sofa, fieldstone gas fireplace, and a wooden deck with gas grill. Each LakeHouse contains 1 king bed, 2 full size beds and 1 sleeper sofa, and will accommodate up to 8 guests. There are 2 assigned parking spaces for each LakeHouse. The LakeHouses at Legacy are pet-friendly. Find out more about LakeHouses at Legacy: http://www.lanierislands.com/accommodations/lakehouses.
Campgrounds and RV Resort, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
For those who love being one with nature Margaritaville at Lanier Islands has the campground just for you. Enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of Lake Lanier at one of their lakefront campsites at the beautiful foothills of the North Georgia Mountains: the Margaritaville at Lanier Islands RV Resort and Shoal Creek Campgrounds. A boat ramp is available at Shoal Creek. The campgrounds are pet-friendly. Find out more about camping: http://www.lanierislands.com/margaritaville/visit/camping.
Other Hotels near Lake Lanier
Hampton Inn – Cumming, GA
This hotel is located in downtown Cumming on the southwest area of the lake. It’s a short drive from Atlanta and conveniently located close to the Buford Dam and many parks and boat ramps.
- Address: 915 Ronald Reagan Blvd, Cumming, GA 30041
- Phone: (770) 889-0877
- Website: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/
Quality Inn and Suites – Dawsonville, GA
This hotel is in Dawsonville on the northwest part of the lake. It is near the North Georgia Premium Outlet Malls and is a short drive to Amicalola Falls State Park, the North Georgia town of Dahlonega, and the Appalachian Trail.
- Address: 127 Beartooth Parkway, Dawsonville, GA 30534
- Phone: (706) 216-1900
- Website: https://www.choicehotels.com/
Holiday Inn – Gainesville, GA
This hotel on the north end of the lake has a convenient location in the center of downtown Gainesville. It is close to the Atlanta Botanical Garden – Gainesville. The children’s museum “INK” — the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids — is nearby, as are many beautiful Lake Lanier parks and boat ramps. Don Carter State Park is a short drive north from this location.
- Address: 400 EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501
- Phone: (770) 531-0907
- Website: http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/