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Hillside Hotel

Knoxville / Harpers Ferry MD
19105 Keep Tryst Rd
301-660-3585 / 301-660-3580

Hillside Hotel is located 2 miles from the C&O Canal Trail, in Knoxville MD

Directions: Access via Sandy Hook Road from the Maryland Heights Trailhead, or use US-340 (which has more traffic but has a shoulder)
Formerly Knights Inn
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Directions to Hillside Hotel, Knoxville, MD
East Tennessee Sunshine from Clinton, TN on 09/24/2020 04:33 PM:
We needed directions from the C&O Canal towpath, but when we called the hotel, they had no idea regarding any bicycle path I might be speaking of and could not provide directions. Google Maps was no help because it thought we were on a road instead of our actual location on the towpath. Finally, we were able to flag down a local biker who told us the way. To access this hotel from the C&O Canal Towpath or AT, get off the trail at mile marker 58, cross the train tracks, and take the left-most road 1.2 miles uphill to this hotel. There is a good liquor store right next door to the hotel, the Guide House Restaurant across the street, and a gas station next to the restaurant that also has limited hot food options. We were able to bring our bicycles into the room with us.

The motel was pretty run down. Next time, I think I'd check the lodging options in Brunswick.

Willy from Alexandria on 09/24/2020 07:49 PM:
Sorry to hear of your issues regarding the Hillside Hotel. The place isn't rundown, but remember that the Hillside was built just after WW2. Places built later are made with the lessons learned from previous establishments.

John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 09/25/2020 10:00 PM:
East Tennessee Sunshine - If I had to guess, it’s because although Knoxville, MD appears to be right next to the trail, it’s not really an obvious “trail town” like many others and, as you’ve described, a pain to get to. I am surprised the hotel didn’t know about the C&O as I would guess a decent portion of their business comes from cyclists.

Many people were considering the Hillside as an alternative hotel destination while the pedestrian bridge at Harpers Ferry was out until recently.


East Tennessee Sunshine from Clinton, TN on 09/26/2020 08:25 PM:
My main point was to let people know how to find the motel, since we had trouble. The Hillside Hotel is now a Knights Inn, and I don't think the attention to detail is probably the same as when the motel was privately owned. I would stay here again if the alternative was to schlep our gear across the bridge to Harpers Ferry.

Knights Inn Knoxville in Brunswick
Hugh Clayton from Montgomery Village on 12/07/2015 06:58 PM:
the Hillside Hotel has been closed down for awhile but it is now (as of Summer 2015) under the Knights Inn brand, part of the Wyndham Hotel chain. Ahbi is the manager. Very nice. Very clean rooms. Good location for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, the C&O Canal or just local hiking visiting the Harper's Ferry NHP area.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick - now Knights Inn
Brian from Monroeville on 08/11/2015 01:47 AM:
While researching for a possible trip, I found that this is now a Knights Inn (Knoxville) with exceptional reviews on TripAdvisor.

Jeffro from Greensburg PA on 08/31/2015 09:44 PM:
Thank you for posting this! I've been looking for a place just past Harper's Ferry to stop for the night. Stayed in HF the last three years, want to see something else and also save my family from carrying their bikes up the stairs to the bridge across the river! Will have to check this out.

Ken from Germantown,Md on 09/01/2015 08:36 PM:
I stayed there in June '14. It was clean and basic. Going up the hill from the canal after riding 65 about did me in. I would stay there again.

Willy Prost from Arlington, VA on 09/18/2015 02:57 PM:
I just stayed there last week when I made it from Arlington, VA to Canonsburg,PA in 6 days.
Agreed, basic,~70/night,
Good Liquor store next door with a better than average beer selection.
A family restraunt and gas station convenience store across the street.
I missed the turn off and went to Harpers Ferry before I realized my mistake.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
Freddy on 06/15/2013 04:15 PM:
Newly renovated no carpet just hardwood floors now. new management, new attitudes, new property. new phone number- 301-660-3580. New and better experience.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
Lisa the old manger from n/a on 06/08/2012 12:50 AM:
I think every body knows that I got that motel up & running. Before I took over the rooms were very dirty & I don't think they ever vacuum or shampoo the carpets. Four of the rooms were infested with bed bugs. I took care all the issues that were there before I started. I feel that I was a major asset to this motel. After I got this motel up to a 4.5 star Motel the owner Jt. Thakker showed up at the faculty @1:30am and told me to leave his property. I think think that this Motel was alot nicer after I took over but every one knows how it was before I became the manger. I miss all my regular guest that I became very close to. I think the owner made a huge mistake now it's back to the dump that it was before I started. It sad cause this Motel is in a great location for vacation for families.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
Anonymous on 05/26/2011 04:05 PM:
I recently went to the motel to visit a friend and i was greeted by a very rude woman who told me that there was no guests alowed on the property and that wed have to rent a room to visit our firends in their room. terrible customer service i wouldnt recemend staying here.

Anonymous on 06/27/2011 04:36 PM:
you must have been a drug dealer or just no good cause i am staying there and she has been nothing but amazing

Anonymous on 06/30/2011 12:00 PM:
I also knew guess of this Motel and the room are not the cleans as they should be and the manage plays favor to the tentants and if she does not like you or have a prolbem with you she makes it known to everyone. And to set the record straight I am not a drug dealer I have a real job.

Jim on 07/20/2011 01:24 PM:
Maybe she thought you were for "hire" :)

someone who cares just like the manger at Hillside from MD on 01/31/2012 12:51 AM:
The manger the lady you are talking about is very nice and respectful to everyone. You had to be doing something your weren't suppost to be doing or disrespectful to her or someone there. Because that lady your talking about is not like that.

Carolyn from va on 01/31/2012 01:30 AM:
That lady you are talking about. She's the manager of that Motel. She always watched over everything she took care of everything. I know she ran all the rif raf out of the Motel. She cleaned that Motel up. I felt alot safer bringing my family to this Motel. Thanks to the manger Lisa for getting it cleaned up. So know who has a to say anything about that lady.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
Mr.Jackson from Md on 01/31/2012 01:10 AM:
I'm really sorry to hear that the young lady that has been running the Motel is not there anymore. I went up there last week and she was moving her stuff out. I couldn't believe it. She really turned that Motel around 100% better than it has been for along time. I don't know were I will stay now. I asked her where she was going at that time she didn't know. I gave her my # told her if she gos to another Motel call me. This Motel will be just like it was before she took over. It's really sad. We will miss her and the Motel too. We will not be back unless she comes back.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
someone that use to go to this Motel all time from MD on 01/31/2012 12:38 AM:
I love this Motel! It's really sad that the manger Lisa is not there anymore. The place has already started going down hill. Lisa was always so nice to everyone. She kept the place looking better that it ever did before. The rooms were clean, overall the Motel was alot better mange when Lisa was here. I'm sorry disappointed that's she's gone.

Hillside Motel in Brunswick
AM on 05/04/2011 09:48 PM:
I never knew about this motel until just about a month ago, I satyed here, It is so peaceful and the view is great, i found the rooms to be very clean, the housekeeper i met and she was very nice, also the manager Lisa is very nice and made me feel very welcome. I would recommend this place to anyone.