Yes all the other reviewers are right. This hostel is VERY clean. This hostel is VERY loud at night. This hostel is in a great location. AND I won't stay anywhere else from now on!
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Finding the hostel can be a little tricky as Rankin Avenue is more like an alley way, though it is DIRECTLY across from the parking deck. You'll be buzzed in when you arrive and given an electronic key to access the front door. If you book a standard bunk you'll be given a combination for a combination lock on your locker. If you book a pod you'll be given a key to open a large cubby. I personally wouldn't book the standard bunk as you have no way of blocking the light or noise from the rest of the hostel. The pods at least give you some measure of privacy. I was on a top pod and got pretty cold as I was right under the vent but once I got an extra blanket it was much better. I was told from some girls staying in the bunks next to the laundry area that the employees started the laundry early and it sounded like a rainstorm. The pillow that I had was a bit flat but that wasn't a problem as I always bring my own.
The living area has a nice sofa and some chairs with a flat screen TV. There are a number of books and DVDs to enjoy as well as some board games. The eating area is family style with a couple of long tables in the central area of the hostel. The kitchen area is small but very serviceable. They even have a countertop ice maker tucked away next to the stove (It didn't make much noise). There is tea and coffee available and they keep a tap water jug in the fridge to fill up your water bottle with cold water. There is tape and pens to mark food as either belonging to someone or "free". When I was there, there was some "free" fruit, cereal, and condiments. Because the kitchen is so small and tight, you really won't be able to get a group of people all together making dinner and why would you, it's Asheville, with all of the wonderful restaurants within walking distance.
The woman's bathroom only has three stalls BUT when I was there the hostel was sold out and I never had to wait to use the facilities. The bathroom is separate from the shower area. The showers are communal but don't let that bother you. Each Shower stall opens with a large heavy door with three hooks on the back. You enter into a little changing area with a rolling cart to lay your things on, then the shower stall itself is large with some nooks to put your supplies on. Each one is very well lit with dedicated lighting directly above each stall. They only give you one towel and washcloth at check in so if you need an extra be sure to ask for one.
There is a single computer for guest use but with wifi most people used their own devices.
The people staying at the hostel while I was there were an eclectic mix of Americans and Europeans ranging in age from 12 to 70 something. Everyone seemed very nice and tried to be respectful of everyone else staying there.
At the end of the stay you will be asked to strip your bed and put your sheets, pillow, and towel into a canvas bag and drop them off by the laundry room. This is fairly standard at many hostels.
This is a wonderful place to stay if you know what to expect and are prepared for the experience. It is a lot like staying in a college dorm but with, hopefully, a more mature set of folks. If you are uncomfortable sharing space with strangers and if you need total silence and darkness to sleep then this isn't the place for you. However if you appreciate meeting new people, are flexible with sharing your space, and can tune out muffled noise with the aid of ear plugs then this is a fabulous place to stay.
- 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 $32 per night and we are clean and comfortable with friendly knowledgeable staff. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sweet Peas Hotel Asheville