The Town's Inn

The Town's Inn

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#2 of 2 inns in Harpers Ferry
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***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.
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3.0 of 5 stars
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Centrally Located
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179 High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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Somewhat walkable
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Andrea wrote a review Jul 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our two-night stay at Town's Inn in the heart of Harper's Ferry was wonderful! The Shenandoah bedroom and attached sitting room occupy the entire third floor, with a private bathroom located on the second floor (other rooms have private bathrooms on the same floor). The beds were comfy, and the window air conditioners and fans kept the room cool and well-ventilated during a couple of very warm June days. The home is more than 100 years old; Karen the owner has restored and remodeled, and it is clean and comfortable. If you are looking for a Hilton or Marriott hotel chain feel, this may not be your place but for us, it was well worth the location and accommodation, for walking the town and exploring its shops and outdoor dining at a number of restaurants. If you are biking, you can lock your bike on the enclosed back patio out of street view. Parking is just down the street at the train station, but you can park temporarily in front of the Inn and unload. That was not a huge deal for us, nor were the stairs to our room. We felt very welcome by Karen and her daughter and family, and have no hesitation recommending the Inn.
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Date of stay: June 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Rob412 wrote a review Jul 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Inn has a great location because it's only a block from the bottom of the hill and it's directly across from the Rabbit Hole restaurant. We biked over from the C&O Canal and it's awesome that you only have to climb a short way up the hill to reach the Inn. The Inn takes up two adjacent buildings with the office and kitchen in the left building.

The left building has a gift shop hallway which leads around to the community kitchen. Free coffee is available in the kitchen but, unfortunately, that's the only breakfast item included with the price of the room. The kitchen is lined with shelves packed with hand-priced items ranging from dried oatmeal and canned goods to Bob Evans frozen sausage breakfast sandwiches.

Even though there where many dry goods to choose from, it seemed like they were catering to backpackers who don't mind eating dehydrated foods. Another weird thing is that there were no coffeeshop options nearby. Nothing really opened for breakfast until 10:00. Seriously?

The rooms are comfortable but I don't believe any of the rooms are ensuite. I've stayed there a couple times and one unfortunate thing is that the bathroom is always down the hall from the bedroom. Each room has a private and secure bathroom but unfortunately, it's always located down the hall. On a previous stay, I had to navigate a spiral staircase between the bedroom and bathroom.

Between the buildings, there's a hose where you can wash off bikes. Bicycle storage is available on the back patio. Unfortunately, the bicycle parking is not protected from the elements.

It was frustrating that the WiFi password shared on the confirmation message wasn't working. Karen provided an updated password which connected me to a network that had no internet. I'm thinking that I will check out the Stonehouse BNB on my next visit to Harpers Ferry.
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Date of stay: July 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Anthony A wrote a review Feb 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is one of the greatest escapes you'll find in the region (and in my opinion the entire US). Right when I walked in the front door, I felt very comfortable and at home; it was cozy, quaint and had a rustic flair. I was greeted by Glenda, who gave me my keys to the room/Inn and info not only about the Inn, but also about the area, which I used quite a lot for activities during my stay here in Harpers ferry. I met Karan, the owner, on the second day of my stay and she made me feel very welcome; a lovely woman who runs one the nicest Inns I've ever stayed at. The room was very cozy, had all of the amenities I needed (coffee, water, fridge, microwave comfortable bed, books to read) and had an AMAZING view of the town and the Potomac River. I woke up each morning and literally sat at the window for at least an hour taking in the beautiful view. The shower that I used was a shared shower, but because I felt so comfortable even in the common area, I felt like it was my own; fresh towels, wash cloth, soap and shampoo are all available for free. The Inn also has a very quaint cafe and mini market, where you can buy anything you need when it comes to food and drinks (and I mean anything!). The location is perfect; it's just in downtown old town Harpers Ferry, practically just across the street from the train station and visitor parking, and the hiking trails are no even a quarter mile down the way. Thanks for an awesome stay - I'm bringing the entire family next time!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Ange C wrote a review Oct 2020
Mansfield, Ohio
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all, this is a 200 year old inn, built into the side of a hill. It's absolutely wonderful, but you have to appreciate that type of thing. It is full of interesting little nooks and crannies. The furnishings and decor are exactly the type you would find at Grandma's or your favorite aunties house. The entire place was very clean and we felt comfortable staying there. We stayed in the Mountain View room at the back of the property, which is up a set of steep, winding stairs. The door opening into the room is low. At 5'9" , my husband had to duck his head, but the room was cozy and large enough for the two of us. The two windows are small and one is taken up by a window air conditioner. There is a back door, opening onto a patio, but it is marked as an emergency exit only. There was a mini fridge, a coffee maker, and a microwave. The bed was very comfortable, with very nice linens. We had everything we needed and it was very charming. Now, there are a few things you should know before arrival. If you are in the suite downstairs, there is a set of stone steps leading up to your door, which are easy enough to navigate. However, if you are in either of the River View or Mountain View rooms, you have to climb an outside set of steps, then a rather steep, narrow, winding set of stairs up to the rooms. Also, while the Mountain View room has its own private bath, it is on the second floor, off of the reception area, not en suite. I am not sure of the bathroom situation for the River View rooms. The bathroom was very clean with nice fixtures. There were plenty of clean towels and wash clothes, the water pressure was amazing, and plenty of hot water. One other thing we found a bit disconcerting is that the Inn has no parking. It is located right in the heart of historic Harper's Ferry. The shops are right up against the narrow main street on a steep hill. You are permitted to park in the street with your hazard lights on to unload your luggage, but then parking is at the train station down below, in metered spots along the street that runs by the train station, or further up the hill. I only warn of these things because if you are not fairly hale and hearty, you may run into some difficulty getting around. This whole area is built on a pretty steep hillside so you are always going or up or downhill. That said, it is amazing place to visit, full of history and natural beauty. Both Richard, who welcomed us when we arrived and Karan, the innkeeper, were lovely and welcoming.
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The Mountain View room, and possibly the River View rooms, does not have en suite bathrooms. They...
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Jim R wrote a review Oct 2021
Bellingham, Washington
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're riding the C&O towpath, you quickly discover that town is accessed by a circular stairway up to a railroad bridge, so you get to unload your bike and haul things up landing by landing. Glenda was extremely nice to haul me and bike in her personal van around via road the next morning so I didn't have to go down the stairs.

The restaurant no longer exists and this is not a B&B, so you have to figure out meals in the middle of a federal park. Again, Glenda came to the rescue suggesting dinner options and best option for an early bike start was a breakfast sandwich from the coffee shop across the street. Rooms have refrigerators and microwaves and the coffee pot was ready to turn on the next morning int he ex-cafe area. Breakfast was a great success.

Various supplies are available for through hikers (and bikers), as the Appalachian trail goes through town and crosses said railroad bridge.

The quirks of this place are well documented by other reviewers. I stayed in one of the attic (3rd floor) rooms and shared bath on 2nd floor is well documented on their web site, so no surprise. Used towels are place in a laundry sack on the door and appear to be scooped up shortly after use and removed. Very steep stairs to the attic, the beds squeak, and the trains honk all night. The window A/C seems to work well, and you can open the window, a big plus. I would recommend a more expensive room.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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homebydawn wrote a review Jan 2020
Mcgaheysville, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Delightful, charming, quirky. Our stay in this 1840 home checked all those boxes. Room heated by tiny electric fireplaces. Plenty of towels and blankets, REAL coffee mugs (not appear cups) fridge and microwave tucked into the corner so you can pretend it’s 1840!
Our room had an en-suite bath. Other rooms have a dedicated bath each, but it is down the hall or down a flight of stairs. All of this is clearly stated on the website when you book.
Smack dab in the middle of historic down town.
Loved it and will be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Choose the Appalachian room because of the charming but non-working fireplace and en-suite bath.
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Amanda K wrote a review Feb 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I did a wine and brewery tour for my birthday and while booking the tour stumbled upon this inn. It was the best find ever!! We booked the 1820 suite that fits up to 8 people. It was cozy and very comfortable and a great price for the night. The owner Karen was so helpful and kind. They have a great cafe that makes the best pancakes ever. The location is smack in the middle of Harpers Ferry downtown so it was great to be able to walk around and explore. I would definitely recommend this inn for anyone that wants a quaint relaxed place to stay and especially for larger groups. Thanks Karen!!!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Monica wrote a review Jun 2021
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is right in the heart of Harpers Ferry. Gail was friendly and helpful. The Inn has no parking. Parking is at the train station run by the “park” it is $20 and first come first serve and if you move your car you may not have a spot to return to….the train station is off of the street that runs parallel to high street if you are walking you can cross the street and climb up several flights of steps between shops. On high street there is no parking near the inn …. Was told to just park in the narrow 2 lane street to unload….be warned that the private bath is not in your room but down a narrow winding low clearance stair case in the shop area of the building !!! The room door does not fit the frame well and there are gaps…. The window had no curtains if you value privacy this is not the place for you. The towels were thin. The sheets were comfortable our pillows were good.There was a fridge ( not very cold) and a microwave ( did not use) and a keurig with 1 coffee mug. A window AC unit and a ceiling fan. Could easily here others.The Mountain View is actually a view of ivy rock and the neighboring building.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Phoebe F wrote a review Jul 2021
St. Marys, Georgia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four, with two boys 15 and 11, stayed at The Town's Inn for two nights during our trip to Harper's Ferry. The inn was built in 1840 and was only steps from the NPS Harper's Ferry museums and sights. We loved having the chance to wake up early before the NPS shuttles began to run and walk throughout the park without having to battle crowds. To see Harper's Ferry in the quiet of the morning was truly wonderful.

Upon our arrival, parking was a little daunting but the innkeeper was more than happy to help us navigate and our stay was certainly worth the initial challenges. Our room, The Shenandoah, was comfortably appointed and was attached to a common sitting area but we had that space all to ourselves during our visit.

I would 100% recommend this inn to my friends but I would caution them that this charming inn would be challenging for people with mobility issues or who have difficulty with stairs. Our room was on the 3rd floor and the staircases are authentic to the period so steep and narrow. Our private bath was on the second floor so we had to go up and down the stairs to use the restroom. Having the restroom detached from our room was a new experience but certainly did not hinder our enjoyment of the stay.

We made some great memories at The Town's Inn and in Harper's Ferry and would encourage anyone who values authenticity over luxury to plan a visit. This charming, cozy, and welcoming inn is definitely worth the trip back in time.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Sarah F wrote a review Jul 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This establishment is lovely, authentic, and the perfect location. We stayed with our family of 5 in the 1820 suite and it was the absolute perfect spot to soak in the history of Harper's Ferry in the most convenient spot for a family in the whole town. We will remember this stay forever as a family since it was so unique...the room was incredible with a separate room for us and the kids in bunks separated. The room came with games and books to keep the kids entertained when it got too hot outside. The Inn is perfectly positioned in the middle of downtown Harper's Ferry with restaurants and museums just steps from our room. The reservation we submitted did get confused, so we only stayed one night instead of the 2 we had planned, but we made the most of our one night at this in and 3 days in Harper's Ferry. The lovely family running this inn was very apologetic about the reservation mistake and so accomodating throughout our stay, ensuring our children had entertainment and convenience throughout our vacation.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We stayed in the 1820s suite which is set up to accomodate 4 - 6
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Answer from karantownsend
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Thank you for your inquiry. The situation here in Harpers Ferry changes daily -- but my understanding is that replacing the pedestrian footbridge won't be finished until July. My staff and i shuttle bicyclists -- and other shuttles are available, as well.
Answer from karantownsend
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Thank you for your inquiry about the Town's Inn. Bicycle storage is outdoors on the stone patios that surround the Inn, which consists of 2 buildings ( circa 1820 and 1840 ) situated between a 30-foot rock mountain and 2 rivers ( Potomac and Shenandoah, located a block from the Inn ) in the middle of the historic market district ( Lower Town ) of Harpers Ferry. The Inn has no accessory buildings available for bicycle storage -- and bicycles cannot be brought inside of these 3-level historic buildings. I turned 70-years old on Thanksgiving Day ( born 28 Nov. 1949 :) -- and i have no problem with the stairways and hallways, which are totally safe -- but the buildings and the stairways are different from those in most modern buildings. Any additional questions are welcomed and encouraged. All the best to you, Karan Owner / Innkeeper
Chris asked a question Oct 2019
Martinsburg, West Virginia3 contributions
Is there a place to park?
Answer from Tom H
71 contributions34 helpful votes
Across the street ( down the hill) is a lot
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
The Town's Inn is close by but if you need help with the luggage the owner of the hotel may be able to find a solution. The Town's Inn is not a B&B but there is a coffee shop at the hotel that opens at 6am.
Answer from Tel
Essex, United Kingdom19 contributions9 helpful votes
Your comment adds little value, might be better off refraining from posting personal insults next time.
julia wrote a tip Yesterday
Nashville, Tennessee1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get there EARLY to get a parking spot a block away at the train station. The Rabbit Hole Pub across the street is great also!"
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Brandon S wrote a tip May 2024
Gig Harbor, Washington31 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Noise and light can be an issue here. Get earplugs and a face mask if you need it quiet and dark."
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Alessandria S wrote a tip Mar 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring earplugs - you might get noise from the freight trains."
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Trek36109087577 wrote a tip Feb 2024
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For those who are light sleepers, please be aware the train station in this town is indeed a working rail Station. "
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Sheri B wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wear good walking shoes to see all the amazing things around Harpers Ferry. Talk with the owner and ask questions, you won't be disappointed"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Town's Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Town's Inn?
Nearby attractions include The Point (0.3 km), Jefferson Rock (0.2 km), and True Treats Historic Candy (0.09 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Town's Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Rabbit Hole Gastropub, Cannonball Deli, and Battle Grounds Bakery & Coffee.
Is The Town's Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Harpers Ferry.
Are there any historical sites close to The Town's Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (2.3 km), The Point (0.3 km), and John Brown's Fort (0.4 km).
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