I look at reviews like the one I'm about to type and say, "There's always an outlier." We came off the AT after 11 days and staying at two other hostels along the way. We chose to stay here because of other reviews and because it had a vacancy. "Welcoming" is not a word that comes to my mind, but rather a " business as usual" atmosphere. Present your drivers license and credit card please, here's the combo for the lock upstairs, $5 more for laundry, stick your hiking poles outside, breakfast ay 6:30 am and plenty leftover for dining later, no mention of any shuttle service (yes, there are signs about it), no offers of direction for dining options, and apparently no smiling allowed.
On the nice side is that the rooms are clean, the kitchen is inviting, there is wi-fi, and lots of directional signs for things like where recycling goes, your bedding, etc. The rooms are bright and it seems they are cleaned daily. There is air conditioning throughout and floor fans available for use. Two bathrooms w/ showers helped to prevent long waits. It was a comfortable place to rest one's head after a long, hot day.
Breakfast waffles were good served with butter, Wal-mart syrup, and fresh fruit (bananas, blueberries, and strawberries), whipped cream, and minute maid orange juice. Our clan washed the dishes and put them away. So maybe this is where hostel blurs with the bed and breakfast portion of the property.
We needed to store our backpacks for a couple of hours until a room we had reserved at another location was available. We asked if we could keep them there and at first were told we could take them to the AT center 0.5 miles away. This would mean we walk the packs there and then walk them back another half mile to our new location when the Teahorse was literally around the corner from where we needed to go. Laurel reluctantly allowed us to keep our bags on the property. This was not only our impression of the conversation but from a couple of other guests as well.
Not sure what else is available in the area, but should we return, we would definitely explore other options. At this price range, we are certain few of the young thru hikers we encountered would pay this amount. We stayed at other hostels for far less and had a warmer welcome, free laundry, free shuttles into town, and caretakers that provided loads of information. We were happy to give extra tips to these folks for their hospitality.
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Yes, our guests wash out their own plate, silverware and cup following breakfast - this is in sync with usual hostel rules. No one has ever complained about it or made a sarcastic comment about it.
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At $32 plus tax per person for bed, shower and waffle breakfast, we feel we offer an exceptional bargain in Harpers Ferry.
Hikers frequently leave their backpacks at my hostel when they go to DC for the day or are walking around town - there is no problem doing this.
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