I just loved Sweet Peas, and I think it rates as the most beautiful hostel I've stayed in at the US. It looks even nicer than the photos on their website. It's an open plan loft, wood floors, raw brick walls, with quality, comfy furniture, great cooking facilities, laundry, multiple shower units with good water pressure and heat, friendly and helpful staff and a safe and comfortable environment.
It's wholly appropriate too in green, progressive Asheville to see they have a composting pot, recycling, and filtered water.
A word of warning however. The loft is above a bar and weekends can be quite noisy through the floor, so if you are a light sleeper and (the provided) ear plugs don't work for you, this might not be the most restful place you could find. You also need to respect that the open plan layout allows sound to travel across all the bunks, so being a tad drunk and noisy after midnight is not going to be welcome. I've both cursed offenders, and then been one, so I can't really complain.
The pods are a nice addition if you're finding old fashioned bunks a little too public. The pod allows you to cosy down with a private power supply, a curtain and a few shelves to make a tiny home. Welcome if you're in the mood for privacy.
Also, the staff are forever cleaning and keeping the loft and the kitchen and bathrooms in a spotless, gleaming condition. It really is like the dream flat I've always wanted, but tidier than anything I would likely live in!
Overall I think Sweet Peas can only complement your Asheville experience. It's incredibly central, bang in downtown and the staff are passionate about Asheville, the music, the lifestyle and the beautiful mountain setting with it's ample hiking opportunities.
- 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