I made reservations to stay here for three nights, with the idea that if it was comfortable, i'd book for another two. You have to pay online for the first night, non-refundable, and they have a 24 hour cancellation policy if you want to shorten your stay.
Piedmont House is located in a student neighborhood, next to more than one frat house Even during the middle of the week it was loud until past 2am. I stayed in a women's group room, with three beds. My bed was located directly below a huge window that opened to the street in front. I was a bit disturbed to find that, when one of the other guests opened the window for air (the room had a very strong ganja smell), it was without screen or lock, open to a very busy pedestrian thoroughfare a block off of College Ave.
There is no parking available to hostel customers. As described in other reviews, the parking surrounding the hostel is restricted. When i arrived, i unloaded my bags, and went looking for parking. 30 minutes later i found a spot. There was no tour when i arrived, no check in. I was told where my key was hanging, in passing, and that was it.
As is standard, beds come with bedding and a towel is provided. The comforter provided did not appear to be clean, and the check out instructions state that only the sheets go into the hamper, which seems to confirm that perhaps a few others had been snuggling under that quilt before me.
I've stayed a few hostels here in the us, and a few in asia as well. I seek out hostels because as a solo traveler, it's nice to end the day in a cozy environment with other fellow travelers. Not the case with Piedmont house. It appeared that the other
people in the house were of the extended stay variety. They were friendly toward each other, yelling from the lounge area to the kitchen and back, playing internet videos loud enough so no matter what room you're in, you'll hear it. And this was after midnight, Also, apparently a popular neighborhood hang out, with people off the street stopping in to say hello.
The house has a lot of rules, but it seems most are arbitrary. Veg pots were mixed with omniv. pots. the fridges were dirty and stinky, but separate. No dish soap the first night, the second it was mixed with water. There's a no-chemical rule, but the bathroom had plenty of secular shampoo. It also had its fare share of mold, which was a little nasty.
I decided against staying 3rd night, let alone 2 extra, and when i asked a self-professed staffer if he could help me, the answer was no. These people are not friendly. He said to call the number, or look for a woman named *****. The office door ended up being open, so i walked in and asked if i could check-out early. I originally missed the 24 hour notice, and was berated for asking. The guy behind the desk told me that it was posted everywhere, 24 hours. He then went on to complain that this wasn't even his job, that they are a small operation, the beds are the only income, on and on. And then he said he could possible do a refund anyway. When i asked if there were any special check out requirements beyond the beds, he let loose on another tirade of how everything is in the brochure. He was incredibly rude and patronizing, and while i might have considered staying again if i was coming without a car, his attitude very much negated that option. They did refund me the third night, but you would have thought i asked for his left leg or something.
All in all, not comfortable, not easily assessable for a car, and not friendly. Probably really good if you get kicked out of your dorm/frat.
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