Sweet Peas



Hostelz.com's Review

Sweet Peas is great, with staff that are friendly and willing to help; the place is clean and homey, and you will feel safe!

The Location

Sweet Peas is located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. It occupies the second floor of Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB), and is within walking distance to any and all bars, restaurants, boutiques, and shops you would want to visit!

When you arrive, there is no on-street parking, but there is a parking garage located directly across the street from the entrance of the hostel. You do have to pay for parking separately. You need to ring the bell to have them unlock the door (but if you’re already a guest, you have a key fob that will unlock the door). The hostel is very safe; the doors are locked at all hours of the day, and the front desk has numerous views of the premises from security cameras. There is also a staff member at the front desk until 11 p.m. and a security guard that sleeps at the hostel nightly (his cell phone number is also posted on his door).

Sweet Peas does have quiet hours nightly, and any disturbances can be reported to the security guard. Because the hostel is located directly above a brewery, it can get a little loud on Friday and Saturday nights, so earplugs are provided.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are three types of areas for sleeping. There are a couple of private rooms with a double bed and a sink, twenty-four private pods, and sixteen bunk beds. The private pods are oversized twin beds encased with wood on three sides and a curtain on the fourth side. Just imagine what the sleeping quarters look like on a tour bus, and you’ve got it. Each pod is equipped with its own shelves, outlet, and lamp. Each pod is also assigned its own locked cupboard large enough to fit all of your things. We slept in one of the pods and really liked it. The only downfall to the pods (and probably the bunk area as well) is if you sleep in one of the upper-level pods (because they’re stacked like bunks), there is nothing closing off the top of the pod (because the entire hostel has an open, studio feel), so you are exposed to the noise of the other guests coming in and out throughout the night and the morning conversations and noise in the kitchen. There are four halls of pods, and they are divided by gender.

There are two bunk rooms (one male and one female). Each bunk bed has its own locker for luggage. Neither the pod areas nor the bunk areas are closed off by a door; it’s all an open concept! The private rooms run the most expensive, the pods are at a middle rate, and then the bunks are the cheapest nightly rate. The rates are pretty comparable to other hostels, but could run slightly higher than normal due to the convenience of the location. Each guest is supplied with a pillow, clean bed linens, and a towel in a laundry bag.

There are two bathrooms -- one for each gender; we can only speak for the women’s bathroom, but there are three bathroom stalls and three sinks. The shower area is co-ed, with individual stalls with enough room to change and a stand-up shower.

Common Spaces

The facilities are great and very clean! The kitchen is very spacious with complementary coffee every morning. It is fully furnished with all modern appliances and a full stock of dishes. They just ask that you put all your dirty dishes in the dishwasher when finished! They have also “gone green” with bins for recycling and compost. Across from the kitchen there are washer and dryers available for use for a small fee.

The living room feels like home. There are couches and oversized chairs spread out among the area, a small library of books, movies and games, and brochures/pamphlets/guides of things to do around the area. Large maps decorate the walls and the flat-screen TV is equipped with cable! The hostel also has Wi-Fi and a computer available for use (for free).


They have ample information regarding the area, places to eat, and things to do. It’s not the most social hostel, but you will see people around if you’re willing to strike up a conversation!
by hanahjo
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
June 2014

Bunk area
Dining & Kitchen area
Living area
Pod area
View from a pod area into the living area
View from a living room window
View from a living room window


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Sweet Peas" at 23 Rankin Avenue.)


23 Rankin Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina, USA
35.596166, -82.553749
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Clean, comfortable & safe -- but noisy!
I have mixed feelings about this hostel. On the one hand, the location is incredible, the rooms very clean and the interior design gorgeous. On the other, the open layout made it hard to sleep at any time except 1 am - 7 am. I might have just been unlucky, but it seemed to me that people used the open layout as an excuse not to be as quiet in the room. For example, a girl took 3 phone calls before 8.30 am, all without leaving the room. The staff would also start vacuuming at half past nine, making it virtually impossible to sleep in. Checkout is at 11.30 am, but it's clear that they want people gone before this time. I stayed until 10 am, and even then I was repeatedly asked by staff members if I could clear out my bed, move my stuff. Overall a positive experience, just not perfect.
  Asheville, North Carolina, is exactly the type of town you would expect to have a youth hostel, but Sweet Peas is not your run-of-the-mill hostel. You won't find various countries' flags hanging from the ceilings or cheap beer stocking the fridge as you might at the other hostel in town. Sweet Peas is much more like a hotel than a hostel with full-time reception, clean towels, and a full kitchen -- and with that, a higher price tag. Sweet Peas is booked solid on festival weekends, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time if you can. Check-in is at 3 p.m., but rooms are often ready ahead of time. Check-out is at 11:30 a.m., which is a nice perk if you've spent too much time imbibing in Beer City USA. The Location Situated off Rankin Avenue above Lexington Avenue Brewery (which gives guests a discount), Sweet Peas has arguably the best location in town. Close to the bars and restaurants on College Street, Sweet Peas is the ideal spot for guests who want to explore downtown Asheville. The hostel is fifteen minutes' drive from the Biltmore Estate and no more than thirty minutes from the Appalachian Trail. The hostel is easily reached if you are driving (parking is not included with your stay, so you can either pay to park in the two decks across the street from the hostel or park on street after hours during the week) or coming in on the Greyhound bus. Rooms and Bathrooms Three types of rooms are available at Sweet Peas -- private rooms, pods, and dorms. Two private rooms have double beds and a sink and share the hallway bathrooms and other amenities. Pods are essentially bunk beds built into the wall with privacy curtains, reading lights, shelves, and bigger lockers. There are two pod rooms as well as two dorm rooms, one for female and one mixed gender. The dorm rooms have eight beds with reading lights and outlets right next to the bed. All beds include linens and towels as well as locks for your locker. Keycards grant access to the street entrance but there are no doors separating each of the pod and dorm rooms. The hallway bathrooms are located next to the reception desk. There is a female bathroom, male bathroom, and a separate shower room with six showers. They each have hooks and shelves to hold your clothing and toiletries. Common Spaces The kitchen has everything you could need to cook a meal, including a stove, microwave, and oven, but most guests dine in Asheville's many restaurants instead. Alcohol is not allowed in this hostel. Tea and coffee are available for guests as well as filtered water. The television room has a large, flat-screen television surrounded by comfy couches and a DVD and book library for guest use. Wireless internet is available throughout the hostel and a desktop is available for guests. Laundry facilities are also available. Summary It's not the most social of hostels, but it's still the cheapest place to stay in downtown Asheville. Guests range in age from teenagers to people in their fifties (some are hiking the Appalachian Trail; others are performing at one of the city's many festivals). Sweet Peas is a very secure hostel, with a security guard on call after hours. The live music at the brewery downstairs can be very loud, as is the noise from fellow guests, since there are no walls of which to speak. Be prepared to use earplugs to get a good night's sleep.
Clean, comfortable, safe
I stayed at Sweet Peas for about a week in October 2010. It was a really great experience, the management and the staff were really kind and friendly. I didn't have any trouble sleeping, though on the weekends I could sort of hear the bar downstairs (but earplugs are complimentary!). Showers are clean, kitchen is clean and outfitted with cooking necessities, there are maps and coupons and recommendations for everything. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again! I slept in the shared room, but never felt my privacy invaded. Wonderful, wonderful. And right in downtown!
Very clean, comfortable, & safe, but some bar noise from downstairs
I stayed for four days in February, 2010. I've stayed in dozens of hostels and guest houses around the world, and this was by far the cleanest. The "sleeping pods" are comfortable and offer great privacy. The facilities and staff were top notch. The neighborhood was safe and active, but the bar downstairs was a little noisy. Would definitely stay again.

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