I'm shocked to read about people finding Laurel to be cold and unwelcoming, it makes me think that they were unwilling to start a real conversation with her. Not only was Laurel (the owner of the Teahorse) accommodating and polite with us, 2 muddy bikers who showed up without reservations late in the evening, but she spent her morning chatting with us, and made my boyfriend and I fresh waffles even though there were enough left over from the group that ate about 20 minutes before us, just so that ours would be fresh. She shared so many insights about the trail and Harper's Ferry-we could have spent the whole day picking her brain! Of course the Teahorse is a hostel, and you wash your dishes, but that's normal. And this was the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed in by far. I would highly recommend the Teahorse to anyone passing through Harper's Ferry who is not interested in paying ridiculous tourist prices for a place to stay. I will definitely be back. The only downside is that it is wayyy up the hill from the bridge from the trail, but that made the morning ride back especially fun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Teahorse Hostel - we are a B&B and hostel for hikers on the AT, bicyclists on the C&O towpath, and other visitors to Harpers Ferry. Rent by the room or rent by the bed. Rest in our spotless hostel, take a shower, meet other hikers and bicyclists, cook your own food in the kitchen or dine in nearby restaurants. * Located one half mile west from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry * Waffle breakfast included! * Fully equipped kitchen * Laundry ($6 per load - we supply detergent) * Common area * Wi-Fi and computer with internet free to guests * Outside patio * Two blocks from 7-11 * Locked storage for bikes * Parking behind the hostel * mail drops- free to guests; $2 per package otherwise * ask about shuttles in DC/MD/VA/PA/WV area * sorry, no pets or smoking. ... more less