For the past 20 years, my husband and I have been hiking the Appalachian Trail one week at a time. We normally camp in the woods, but the town of Pearisburg was spang in the middle of the section we hiked in June. There's a hiker hostel on the far side of town, but we weren't excited about walking a couple of extra miles to sleep on a floor in a crowded room. The trail map showed lodgings just a block away from the trail, and a little research revealed contact information for the Rendezvous Motel.
With a name like that, this place was not to be missed--we're still chuckling over the reaction we got when we told friends we'd visited the Dismal Swamp. The manager set us up with a safe, reliable driver who took us to the trailhead at a reasonable cost. A bonus of staying here was that we left our car in a parking area in front of the manager's office, and for once we didn't have to worry about vandalism at a trailhead parking lot.
After 3 days of walking through the mountains in the rain, we arrived back at the Rendezvous, where we got our first glimpse of our room. The walls were concrete block painted a soft yellow, and the floor was concrete with a rubberized surface similar to a truck bed liner. There was absolutely nothing we could damage with our muddy boots and wet gear. No crabby lady hollering at us to take our boots off and leave our backpacks outside!
Although as basic as a monk's cell and in need of cosmetic repairs, the room was comfortable. The TV, microwave, fridge, and plumbing all worked, and the bed was neither too hard nor too soft. The shower stall was clean, and there was plenty of hot water. A swing on the lawn provided a place to sit and look at the mountain we had just hiked over.
After a good night's sleep, we got another shuttle to the other end of our section of trail, and hiked in the opposite direction back to the Rendezvous, where we picked up the car.
Another motel in town is more popular with hikers, mostly because it's closer to the grocery store and restaurants. Knowing the younger hikers, I suspect it's more of a party spot. The Rendezvous was quiet and peaceful, just what we needed.