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Reviewed May 30, 2012

I wish I could give this hostel a higher rating, but as other people have mentioned, do not expect to sleep here. They provide earplugs, but they are a joke, there is no way earplugs can dim the racket here (I tried). First problem is they are on top of a nightclub, literally. I heard loud, pounding music from 6pm until 3am, no exaggeration. I couldn't fall asleep until 3am because of the noise. Second problem, all the sleeping areas are open to all the common areas. This is unlike any hostel I've ever seen and very strange to me. You can hear people clattering about in all areas of the hostel at all times. Quiet hours are from 12am to 8am which is also strange, and they were negated by the club's music.

The hostel is very clean, they have a book exchange, DVDs to watch, a beautiful kitchen, laundry, nice showers and lots of resources, but I would never stay here again because all of that is less important to me than sleep.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank H M
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Sweet Peas excels at every possible expectation one could have for a hostel except one: sleep!
The location in the city is great. The space is modern and attractive. The kitchen, bathrooms, towels, and linens are perfectly clean. However, this hostel is not conducive to a good nights rest. The floorplan is wide open (beautiful but noisy). The bar downstairs rocks until 2am and then around 4am the cleaning crew start dragging heavy tables and chairs across the floor. By the time they finish, people ( as many as 40) start rising for the day and walk across the squeaky hardwood floors to get to the bathroom. Noise is the only issue that keeps Sweet Peas from being perfect. Unless you are a very sound sleeper, consider booking a room somewhere else.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Chrisynda
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

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

Room Tip: Choose the pods "Deluxe 23 bed mixed dorm" so you can at least block out some of the light. If you decide to make a bad decision and go with the female dorm as we did then at least request bunks 3 or 4 for the most light reduction
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Alwaysreadytotravel1
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I spent the weekend in Asheville at Sweet Peas hostel. Great place, and very clean. Staff is very nice and helpful. I didn't use the kitchen while I was there but it looked really good. They had a very nice dining area and common area with plenty of books and movies if you wanted to stay inside for a bit. I would definately recommend this hostel to friends and stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Jason H
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Wow. I never give 5 stars but this hostel had it all. Very VERY clean, modern design, very nice kitchenette, hospitable, safe, great location in walking distance to shops, food and music. If you are planning on a trip to Biltmore, it IS indeed possible to get a taxi to take you straight through the front gate and right up to the house to be dropped off for your tour. A taxi can then come to pick you up. The person working the front desk our entire stay claimed this to not be true, which added a little stress to our trip, but a quick phone call to a taxi service cleared it up. Just a little weird working there for so long how she didn't know this fact. Regardless, STAY HERE!

Room Tip: I went with a Pod for $35. It has an extra long twin bed, reminiscent of train car sleepers. Each Pod has shelving, a spacious locker, an acoustic curtain for extra privacy and individual outlets for electronic devices. It's nice coming back after a long night to some privacy and your own outlets to surf some free wi-fi before retiring.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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