Wow, I can't say enough good things about The Town's Inn. My wife and I stayed there with some extended family 2 weeks ago after a long hike.
I believe it's the only lodging down in the historic part of Harpers Ferry. It's right on High St., overlooking the confluence of the two rivers, the mountains, and (conveniently) the train station. It's steps from the Appalachian Trail and right on the primary shopping/eating street in Harpers Ferry. In essence, it's where you want to be if you're visiting Harpers Ferry.
There are two adjacent 19th century homes that make up this inn: one is a bit more like a bed and breakfast while the other is more rustic and hostel-like and is the one we stayed in. Our extended family rented the entire house (the "Mountain House") which was perfect for us as there's a decent amount of common space (some board games and plenty of reading material are provided), a kitchen, and 2.5 shared baths for the whole house. The shared bathrooms were *beautiful* (slate and other exposed stone), modern, and clean. Clean washclothes and towels were provided. The kitchen was handy; the Inn offers the ingredients for make-your-own pancakes/waffles at the very reasonable rate of $1/person, which is what we did for breakfast. Free coffee, tea, and even bottled water(!) were available in the rooms. There's free wifi though we didn't use it much. Our family particularly enjoyed hanging out on the Inn's 2nd-floor balcony overlooking the historic town. It was an ideal place on which to read and shoot the breeze.
The house was gorgeous and rustic. It is decorated and maintained in a way that is accurate to its 19th century history: spare but charming. Thankfully there are window a/c units and microwaves in the bedrooms.
We felt as though we were being welcomed into the innkeeper Karan's personal home. She was happy to help in whatever ways possible; she had food recommendations, recommended a fantastic walking tour of the town, and even gave us a ride to church on Sunday. Between the 19th-century inn and the 19th-century town we truly felt transported to another place.
There are some potential negatives to be aware of. They didn't detract from our experience, but are important to note:
- Harpers Ferry is built on a rocky crag. The stairs from the parking lot up the hill to the Inn is steep. The Inn is old and there are no elevators. I'm sure Karan would do whatever she possibly could to accommodate you, but it's probably not the best place for the handicapped.
- There are no TVs in the Inn. This wasn't an issue for us but might be for some.
- I don't know about the other house, but we stayed in the more rustic Mountain House and I would say that you won't have a whole lot of privacy. The walls and floors in an old 19th century house are pretty thin.
- Trains run right through Harpers Ferry. I don't know how often they run but members of our group mentioned being awakened by at least one during the night.
We found The Town's Inn a unique experience. It was very clean, comfortable, and convenient; the shared bathrooms and lack of TV were not an issue for our group. The inn seems to be a VERY good value for an area with not very many lodging options. We found it cheaper than staying at the old Comfort Inn up the road! My wife and I will certainly be back for a weekend getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ***Rates starting at $120*** This family-friendly historic Inn (circa 1840) is located in the center of the Harpers Ferry living history village situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, just steps from the C&O Canal Towpath and Appalachian Trail, as well as the storybook train station served by Amtrak and MARC trains. Open from 6 a.M. - 10 P.M. Every day of the year, the restaurant on the first level of the Inn offers indoor and patio dining featuring popular cuisine, including homemade specialties and healthy options. Also on the first floor is a Sundry / Snack / Supply Shoppe which has been described as a "high-end convenience store, a mini-health food store, and an old-fashioned country store with local products." The second floor consists of two bedrooms with beautiful slate-tile private bathrooms. A parlor containing a treasure of books, toys, and games is situated on the third floor, along with another bedroom. Free WiFi is available. Step outside and enjoy river views, river sports, hiking, bicycling, museums, shopping, and more in this quaint town that is adjacent to the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and surrounded by other national parks, farms, and Civil War battlegrounds. Although located only 60 miles from DC, the Inn is "a world away" from life in modern urban and suburban cities. We invite you to travel "over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house" for relaxation, recreation, and retreat. ... more less