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The Town's Inn
Ranked #8 of 11 Harpers Ferry B&B and Inns
Columbus, Ohio
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“Loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2011

We loved this place. It was right next to everything we wanted to see in the historic area. The owners were friendly and helpful and very sweet to my kids. The room was great for a family getaway and very affordable for a family of 5. My son wants me to mention the great toy box that was there and all the cool books. There was also a place for drinks and light foods to be stored. We had a great time!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2010

I fell in love with the Town Inn Pub and Eatery last summer on a cycling trip. I decided to return and stay a few nights towards the end of 2010. I'm told the Inn building dates from the 1840s and it has the feel of historic construction. The owner was amiable and asked if I needed anything while staying there. The room was cozy and well furnished. Coffee and tea were provided and a microwave and refrigerator were already in the room. All of this was a big help. The Inn's layout reminded me of some hostels where I have stayed, only with a more homestyle charm. The location is great, with local restaurants and an outfitters nearby in the heart of Harper's Ferry. Shops close early so be sure to get dinner and supplies before sundown. The train station is across the street with access to Washington DC. The Inn is a nice place to rest for a few days and enjoy the history and sights around town. Food and snacks are available at a low price in the lobby of the Inn.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Wilmington, Delaware
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2010

Look, we realized we weren't going to be at the NY Plaza, but this was the worst stay at an inn we ever experienced. The beds were awful, there were large gaps in the windows that let in freezing air, the hostess, though seemingly tolerable, did not offer much help, and the bathrooms were all the way on another floor down a dangerously narrow staircase.

We hated the place and found the owners insincere. There wasn't even some charm to make the experience redemptive.

No wonder the place is for sale.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

We certainly enjoyed our stay with the Town's Inn. The rooms are spartan - two bunk beds - but comfortable and clean. The bathroom/shower is down the hall but easy to reach and private - bathrobes provided. The innkeeper is most friendly. For a romantic getaway, think about one of the other B&B's in Harper's Ferry - but for a good, convenient, comfortable place to sleep while visiting this town, the Town's Inn can't be beat. Breakfast can be purchased at the cafe.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2010

I was very pleased and would go back. We got a great price for a room with two bunks, in the center of town, and access to the kitchen and great showers etc. It's not staying at the Holiday Inn, and the rooms aren't very soundproof, but if you're coming off the trail or visiting for the weekend and don't need that, then this place is perfect. I'll definitely be staying there again.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Phila, PA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2010

I'll start with the pluses. Location, location, location. You can't be more centrally located in Harper's Ferry. Everything in the historic part of town is just steps away. Karan was also friendly and welcoming. So, we enjoyed where we were and who we were with.
However, it's very important that people understand what they will see when they get to this charming old 1840s building. We were 5 days into a 7-day hike, and our group of friends had booked the Friendship Room, which is billed as a hostel room with 3 single bunks and a kitchen setup with microwave. When we arrived, we were told that we must keep our backpacks on the back porch. A weak explanation about keeping the room uncluttered was offered, and a sign stating the same was posted in the hallway outside the room. This seemed quite remarkable upon seeing the Friendship Room. It was nothing short of a storage room with bunk beds placed along one wall. A full sized bar ran down the center of the room. We did indeed have use of a microwave and sink behind this bar. But stacked, stowed, and strewn in every available space was a collection of old crockery, drinking glasses, a couple of televisions, several small appliances, furniture, books, boxes, and all sorts of odds, ends, and well... debris. There was barely room to walk, and everything was coated in a layer of dust and grime. There also was no door to the friendship room, just a curtain across the opening to the hallway. We nearly didn't see a full staircase because of all the stacked clutter. It was at the end of the bar and disappeared down into the first floor and was covered with a bedsheet at floor level. Again, another strange thing to find.
Of course, this was indoor space, and we were happy to be off the trail and centrally located in a town where we could enjoy a couple of good meals and drinks. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were clean. The newly renovated bathrooms were clean and the showers were wonderful. But in all honesty, I had expected an actual hostel room; something spare and basic, just beds and a space to spend the night off the trail. I did not expect to be squeezed into storage space. It was unusual to the say the least.
Yes, as some other reviewers noted, there is quite a lot of religious literature scattered about the inn. But, had I not read reviews prior to my visit, I would not have even noticed. Frankly, the Friendship Room was so cluttered, that a wall of books was the least of what was piled in the space. We were not preached to, and none of our interesting conversations with Karan even touched on religion.
Know in advance that Harpers Ferry is a railroad town. The trains come through day and night, and they do sound their horns. I always travel with earplugs, so I was not disturbed by the trains.
There is a For Sale By Owner sign in front of the inn. I think the Friendship Room is perhaps a last ditch effort to make a bit of money in a venture that will probably not be open much longer. There is a lot of potential at this location, and a lot of potential for Harpers Ferry to become a hot spot in the future as its location is ideal, and there are so many opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Overall, we enjoyed our time off the trail in Harpers Ferry. Had the Friendship Room not been a storage space and had been simply a cleared, basic room with bunks, I would have rated our stay there much higher.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

Stayed here overnight on a C&O Canal Trail bike trip. The property is well-maintained despite just a hint of shabbiness...but remember, you're staying in an 1840s-era building, and much of the construction materials from that period are still in evidence. You're right on the High Street, so everything is within a couple of minutes' walking distance. You can't get more centrally located than this.

Bathrooms and shower were downstairs from the room, so wear the (provided) robes when you step out...shower worked fine, and hot water was plentiful. Duck your head going downstairs.

OK. My pet peeve is noise, and the room I was placed in unfortunately faced the train station (maybe 150 yards away). If you're inured to this sort of thing, you could probably get a good night's sleep. I couldn't, despite being absolutely beat after two full days of biking. The trains roared through every 20 to 30 minutes, finally letting up around 0530. So my longest stretch of uninterrupted sleep was from 0530 to 0730.

Breakfast wasn't available, so we ended up next door at the Town's Pub. Breakfast was uninspired and the service was slow...so I suggest you try elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: The Town's Inn
Address: 179 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25424
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Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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