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The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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28 reviews
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“Great option near downtown”
Reviewed September 15, 2011

A new building (2011) in a great location on the south edge of downtown. Offers individual beds in a bunk room or private rooms with queen bed and a sink. Full shared baths (gender separated) are down the hall. Has a shared kitchen area where you can keep food and eat as well as a seating area and computers. You can also do your laundry for a fee.
There are a few things you might want to be aware of before booking.You can't bring any of your own bedding into the sleeping areas (ie. no pillows,sleeping bags, cots, etc.).You can't have any food in the sleeping areas other than bottled water. Sleeping areas are all open or connected to each other, so noise might be a problem on a busy night. Check-in hours start late in the afternoon, and it seems there is not anyone there to let you in if you arrive early. They are listed as accessible accommodations, but I noticed the security access pads are high mounted and most of the shelving and kitchen are also a high.
Overall, I had a pleasant stay at the Crash Pad and would recommend it if you're looking for a simple, affordable place near downtown and still close to the outdoors.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Dan R, Owner at The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel, responded to this review, September 17, 2011
Elinger, thanks for your review.
Our bedding policy is a tough one to enforce, as many of our guests would prefer to use their own towels, blankets, and particularly pillows. However, every hostel owner/manager that we've spoken to (at least in the clean, nice hostels) has expressed the same feeling about outside linens: it is the quickest way to end up on the bedbug registry! It's hard to explain this to guests without them thinking that we're accusing them of having bedbugs, but I don't know a better way.
On a similar note, our policy on keeping food out of the sleeping areas is simply a matter of cleanliness. We pride ourselves on a level of cleanliness that you won't find in many hostels or hotels, and it could only take a few crumbs on the floor, or a beer spilled on the mattress, to sour the next guest's experience.
Apologies if you showed up during the early afternoon and had to wait around for us! We are a skeleton crew of three people running the place, and though we don't have a 24-hour desk, we are very flexible for early or late check-ins if we have a couple hours' advance notice. Those of you who book online will find our office hours and early/late check-in policy listed at the top of our house rules. For phone reservations, we do our best to remind everyone of the hours and check-in policies. Sorry if we didn't make this clear to you.
Thanks again for the constructive and overall favorable review, and we hope to see you back!
Dan Rose
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

The only trouble I have writing this review is where to start on an endless flow of compliments that the Crash Pad richly deserves. The location is fantastic with an array of local businesses very close by be it restaurants, bars, the Choo Choo etc...The private rooms are cozy, well configured, classy furnishings, have a very comfy bed and incredible value for money. The bunks look of similiar high quality and I will be back for the Chattanooga marathon and staying in one...The staff are beyond friendly, kind, informative, great to chat to - a huge, no - massive asset., over and above to the "hostel" itself. My girlfriend and I could not stop talking about how much we loved our stay. Thank you thank you Crash Pad!.....Oh, and the coffee is great - a blend made specifically for the Crash Pad by a local roaster, there's bagels and toast for breakfast, the free internet is on amazing monitors and Macs, you can do laundry for a dollar after a hard day's running / climbing/hiking! - OK I'll stop but I could easily continue with more compliments.... The secret is now officially out - Crash Pad rules!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

The location is perfect- walkable to many local things to do, easy to find, and handy from the interstate.

The condition is immaculate- yes, it's brand new, but the owners keep it in pristine condition and take pride in all the details (even down to how a towel is folded- really?)

The amenities are great- the showers/bathrooms are clean/spacious, the common area is setup with the latest technology, and the kitchen really feels like you're living in a kindof homey manse.

This place is wonderful. Not only is it the epitome of the perfect hostel, but the staff and guests alike really make it feel like home- something often (sorely) missing when traveling 80% for work. I look forward to coming back next week.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Rye, New York
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

My husband, 2 late- teenage children and I decided to visit beautiful Chattanooga after dropping our oldest daughter off at college in Nashville. Chattanooga has so many fun, outdoor activities (biking, hiking, rafting and rock climbing) and now it has a clean, "green", fun, affordable place to stay! We arrived after a long day of moving our daughter into her dorm room and were given a warm welcome and were set up in our accommodations(my husband and I had a private room and our teens were set up in the bunks.) Our private room had a beautiful sink which had been made by a local artist using recycled glass! The kids had their own safes/lockers built into their bunks to lock up their belongings. The bunks were really cool. They were made from reclaimed wood from the building which had previously occupied the site. They were beautiful and my kids said that they were comfortable too.
The common area of the hostel had a great set up. There was a lounge area complete with computers which all guests could use. We were able to print out our boarding passes for our flight home. There were also lots of books and brochures about all that you could do on your visit to Chattanooga. Attached to the lounge area is a full kitchen which guests can use to cook.(we did not, but had a yummy dinner at a local restaurant) They also had beer and water for sale. Coffee and a continental breakfast was available to help yourself to. After our morning coffee we walked to a great breakfast restaurant about a block away that the staff recommended. There is also a gas grill out in the pavilion which anyone can use!
I think that The Crash Pad is a great idea. It's an affordable, fun, clean place to stay. Perfect for outdoor adventure seekers!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
Address: 29 Johnson St, Southside neighborhood, Chattanooga, TN 37408-1313
Location: United States > Tennessee > Chattanooga
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Chattanooga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30

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