HELEN, Ga. – The luxurious new Valhalla Resort Hotel at Innsbruck in Helen opened Thursday (June 15).
Owner Jerry Murdock said he and his wife Gayle, came to Helen 12 years ago and have dreamed of building a four-star boutique hotel.
Valhalla certainly qualifies. The minimum cost for a one-night stay is $400 and climbs to a lofty $1,000 a night. “We’re catering to a certain group of people that we want to come and spend a lot of money,” he said, adding that he hopes to earn the AAA Five Diamonds Hotel rating in the first six months. AAA reviews 28,000 hotels annually and only 0.4 percent earn that rating
Valhalla features king suites, president suites, a five-star restaurant, heliport, spa and pool, gym, conference room and 24-hour room service.
Each room features exquisite views of the mountains with their year-round beauty, gas fireplaces, separate seating area, two smart TVs, Carrera marble vanities and spa rainfall showers.
Private dinners may be booked in the Abbey Wine Cellar and casually elegant dining is available in the Caledonia Room & Deck or the roof-top Sky Bar.
City officials are just as excited about what Valhalla will mean to tourism and the Alpine city’s economy.
Helen Mayor Pro Temp Jeff Ash said, Murdock, “wanted to build something nice, something permanent for the city and for the community and he did. He put his money where his mouth is.”
Ash said the hotel’s impact in terms of the hotel/motel tax alone could be as much as $2,500 per weekend.