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“Best Location, Best Value” 4 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge Harpers Ferry
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   25 Union Street, US 340 & Union St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (Formerly Comfort Inn Harpers Ferry)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Harpers Ferry
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Location, Best Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

One wouldn't necessarily think "Econo Lodge!" for a romantic getaway, but I'll say: it certainly did the job for me and my wife recently. Making spur of the moment plans for a weekend get away to Harper's Ferry ruled out any classy B&B (which would have to be booked well in advance) and AirBnB (which didn't have any good local options).

So why was the Econo Lodge great?
-Reasonable price.
-Location is less than a mile from the center of Harper's Ferry (the ONLY hotel this close). You can walk into town either along Shenandoah Street or the Appalachian Trail. Both are scenic.
-Breakfast is a definite step above the usual carb-loaded continental fare at most bottom-tier chains. The food options weren't quite as large and diverse as you'd get at a Hampton Inn or Homewood Suites, but you at least get some protein (Eggs, sausage, yogurt) and there are several nice touches (like biscuits and gravy. Mmm...!).
-Updated rooms. The furnishings and bathroom had clearly been redone within the last few years and looked just as nice as ones you'd find in newer 2.5 or 3-star hotels. We watched a couple World Cup matches on the large flat-screen TV when we weren't out exploring and were more than happy to stay in and relax.
-Fridge and microwave in the room! Dining around Harper's Ferry is generally unimpressive, so being able to keep and reheat your own food from elsewhere is a plus.
-Reliable and sufficiently fast Wi-Fi. (Especially nice since the cell network is spotty in the area, but we had no trouble using Wi-FI calling.)
-Somewhat scenic view over the river and nice grounds with a gazebo, etc.

Sure, there were a few strange things - like one morning they put out completely green bananas (which wouldn't have been ripe & edible for a week), and the switch nearest the door in our room controlled an outlet to which the alarm clock was plugged in (so we had to reset it after accidentally shutting it off once). But whatever. Grab a different piece of fruit from the basket, avoid flipping that switch and move on with life. We're not high maintenance people and neither were most others who were there for the history, nature or who had come in from the Appalachian or C&O Canal trails. For the price, location and amenities? The value is great.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I was satisfied with the Econo Lodge, it's not the Ritz, but did not expect that!! Everything was satisfactory! Location was good, however, you cannot walk to downtown, like I was told. I booked thru a computer service and should have done directly. I paid $25.00 more, but was my fault! People at desk were helpful, room fine, clean & breakfast was decent.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Excellent stay and service.Thank you to Heather, Allan and Dickey for saving our bike trip on the C&O towpath. If not for these people our trip would of ended.They went beyond the call of duty for us. Our room was a non smoking room, it was very clean, with a very comfortable bed. The breakfast was very good. If you plan on traveling the towpath this is the place.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We picked this hotel for a friend based on the GOLD status and the reviews... wow was I shocked to here about the trip when they got back today! Walking into the room (which was a smoking room) the stench was overwhelming - but that is not uncommon. The room was old and dated with a stale mildew like smell. Breakfast was ok, with hot items, which is odd for a Econo Lodge, but it did not make up for the lack of care in the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Staunton, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We chose this hotel for our visit to Harpers Ferry because of the reviews. Our experience differed.
We were first given a room right next to the stairs (after being blocked by a woman and her three kids who informed us that they were part of a big wedding group and said we should plan on not getting any sleep). We asked to be moved a little farther down the hall and were accommodated with no hassle.
The room is basic with a queen bed, a fridge and microwave, which is what we expected. What we didn't expect, in a non-smoking room, was the reek of cigarette smoke. It would come and go, especially in the bathroom. We tried to run the bathroom fan (which sounded like it was about to give up), but it made no difference. We asked the front desk about it the next day and were told that they get that complaint a lot because there is a smoking room right below that one.
So if you don't want a smoke-stenched room, don't get #222.
Overall, the hotel is old and worn with chipped paint visible in various places. The breakfast was typical, in an overcrowded space that needs to be expanded.
For the price you pay for this hotel, I expected a better experience.

Room Tip: don't get 222 if you don't want to smell smoke all night
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed here mainly because we were riding the C&O Canal and had limited options. From the friendly front desk service, to the ready rags and high-pressure hose to clean the bikes to the offer to keep the bikes in the rooms, the service is top-notch from my viewpoint. My wife and I thought the room updated and tasteful and the bed exceeding our expectation for Econolodge. The breakfast has a better selection than 95% of the ones we have experienced at traditionally, higher rated franchises. While there is a long hill climb from downtown Harper's Ferry, I'd recommend staying here if you're a cyclist or even if you are driving. Our expectations were exceeded by several levels!

Room Tip: A short cut through Primrose will allow cyclists to keep off Union St. If you are walking to the An...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampstead, Maryland, USA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

After taking my friend on the AT for the first time we ended up being able to hike further and faster than expected. I wanted her so see harpers ferry and what there was to offer. Since we didn't want to go further on the trail because we were due home the next day we stayed here! 10% off for hikers, laundry machines, a great hiker box, and coupons for 5$ off The Anvil restaurant. The shower was hot, the beds were soft, and mindless TV after days in the woods was welcomed. We will for certain be back. P.S. Kathy was amazing. Her hospitality was unmatched!

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Address: 25 Union Street, US 340 & Union St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 (Formerly Comfort Inn Harpers Ferry)
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Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Harpers Ferry 2*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the closest hotel to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park near historic Harpers Ferry and just minutes from Hollywood Casino Charles Town. Whether you are looking to explore our country's history, enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains, or checking out the gaming and horse-racing action in Charles Town, the Econo Lodge is the perfect place to stay. ... more   less 
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