Let me start by saying that I've stayed in numerous hostels in many countries and every hostel has a distinct personality and pros/cons....This place is SUPER clean. Everything from the bathrooms to the bed linens to the towels (and washcloths) provided is immaculate! The location is also fabulous and the price is good. Lockers (and locks) are provided as is an electronic key card that secures the main entrance. The staff was friendly and the kitchen/living area were spacious and beautiful.
Now for the not so great news...many reviews listed the bar upstairs causing a lot of noise and it does. There is loud music and talking until 2 am when the clean up begins. This includes tables and chairs being dragged across the floor for the next couple of hours. Although this was a disturbance it wasn't anything compared to the noise coming from INSIDE the hostel. Quiet/lights out is SUPPOSED to be from midnight-8 am, but there was not a minute of silence the entire night! The staff leaves at 11pm and return at 9 am, but they assure you that there is a "Security guard" behind this closed door. The only evidence that someone may have been in there was loud music coming from inside that could be heard throughout the hostel. We never saw the door open or a person come in or out. A knock on the door (to ask if the music could be turned down) was not answered so don't let this hoax give you a false sense of security. Nor should you expect that this "person" will enforce any rules. The hostel has an open floor plan with an industrial setting (and the loudest creaky floors). There are really high ceilings, but if you are in one of the dorm rooms the walls do not go up to the ceiling and there is a huge opening with no door (a curtain here would really help) which means if a light turns on anywhere (kitchen, hallway, living room, dining room, adjacent dorm) it FLOODS in. Around 2:30am a large group returned to the hostel turning on all the lights and proceeded to laugh, talk, shower, make and eat food in the kitchen, etc. This went on for about an hour and a half. I have NEVER experienced this kind of a disturbance in a hostel. You are prepared for a few inconveniences, noises, lights, but this was unbelievable. The earplugs they provide would suffice for the bar noise but not what's happening 5-10 feet away. The floor plan is so open that it is really essential that Sweet Peas employs someone to actually enforce the rules. If this were the case this place would get 5 stars. Not being able to sleep negates any positive aspects of a hostel and right now Sweet Peas gets everything right but the most important thing: a good night's rest
- Also Known As:
- Sweet Peas Hotel Asheville
- Sweet Peas Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a newly renovate historic building in the heart of downtown Asheville. We are a European style hostel and a great alternative to a hotel for travelers on a budget. Our beds start at $28 per night and we are clean and comfortable with friendly knowledgeable staff. ... more less