The Hostel at Laughing Heart Lodge is located at the Appalachian Trail trailhead at the southern end of Hot Springs, NC. providing clean, comfortable, affordable lodging. It is the first building of any kind that hikers encounter as they hike north into Hot Springs. The hostel is just minutes from downtown Hot Springs and you can walk to it on the Appalachian Trail which in town is the main street.
The hostel was built in 1974 to accommodate AT hikers and provides 7 private rooms, 1 semi-private room with 3 twin beds, and 2 bunk rooms for groups coming for retreats or camps. A refrigerator, hot plate, coffee maker, toaster and microwave in the kitchen area, high speed Wi-Fi and a 42-inch flatscreen with AppleTv. There are 3 bathrooms with showers that all the rooms share. Outside there is a propane grill and fire pit (firewood provided).
Rates in the hostel are $30 in the bunk room, $40 semi-private, $45 single occupancy in a private room, and $60 double occupancy in a private room (subject to change). These prices include tax.
Tenting is $15 ($5 each additional person) full use of hostel bathrooms, showers, and kitchen area included.
Laundry is $5. Includes detergent.
Showers for non-guests are $5. Includes soap, shampoo, conditioner, and a towel.
You will find the hostel to be well maintained, nicely furnished and clean.