An Appalachian Institution: Doyle Hotel
After a grueling 25.5 miles, we stumbled into Duncannon, PA and eventually found the Doyle Hotel. There WAS a big sign and since the AT actually goes right through town, it really wasn’t too hard.
Everyone we talked to (locals, section hikers, thru-hikers) said we absolutely had to stay at the Doyle. It was an AT tradition. An institution really. So we arranged our schedule so we could make it happen. Our guide books said it was inexpensive, only $25 for a room and $7.50 for each additional person. That’s pretty cheap for a hotel room. So we thought, “What the hay, let’s live it up!”
The Doyle Hotel is run by Pat and Vickey Kelly who seem to love hikers. The building is over 100 years old and was originally built by Anheuser-Busch. It’s in need of restoration, but it’s still a beautiful building. There is a restaurant and bar on the ground floor. The food was pretty amazing and reasonably priced.
SurvivorMan and I have noticed that the hiker crowd has thinned out considerably since Harpers Ferry. We aren’t sure if people are just spreading out or if people are dropping off, but we rarely see other thru-hikers except in towns. Duncannon was no exception–the bar was packed with hikers. We were able to catch up with War Eagle, Orange Blaze, Tigger, Bam, Tide Walker, Triton and Delaware Dave. A good time was had by all.
The three floors above the bar are all rooms, and we stayed in the third floor turret room you see in the picture. The room was architecturally interesting since it was rounded. The windows themselves were even curved. However, it’s been awhile since any improvements or even maintenance has been done. The room was cheap though. It had four walls and we were dry through the crazy thunderstorms we had all night. So we can’t really complain too much.
There was no air conditioning in the rooms so we had the windows open all night. Unfortunately, the Doyle is situated near an apparently very active railroad line. Trains ran through the night every 30 minutes to an hour. Neither of us got much sleep. Since we were already awake, we got out early the next morning so we could get in some good miles.
So long, Duncannon!