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Flying Pig Downtown
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Nieuwendijk 100 | Old Centre: New Side, 1012 MR Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Houston, Texas
1 review
“Right in the middle of the Action”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

We stayed in this awesome Hostel on our trip to Amsterdam. The best part about this hostel is the location. Its right in the middle of it all. The price is reasonable and we stayed in a private room on the top floor. We had plenty of hot water in our private shower. The room had a funny little smell but hey its part of the experience. The bed was clean and had white sheets. There was also a awesome coffee shop right across from the hostel called Blues Brother.

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Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

Stayed here as a base for a weekend bachelor party from London. Have been to Amsterdam before, this is the closest I've stayed to the 'action' whilst keeping the price low.
But be prepared - it is a cheap traveller style hostel, and with 6 of us in one room it was certainly cosy. facilities are minimal - but clean & adequate. And lets be fair, we stayed all of about 10 hours in the hostel the entire weekend.
Staff are young, friendly, and know the city - and there is a very chilled laid back lounge area downstairs - with cheap bar and smoking areas. It felt like my old student union...
The location is bang right by the station, and the more touristy bars / attractions - but trams are frequent to the more trendy areas near vondel park.
Actually I hear there is a flying pig next to the park - that may be a better location if you're less about sightseeing / tourist traps - and more about chilling in the sun, or visiting the more upscale trendy bars in Leidesplein...

Overall though cheap ( split between six) friendly and cheerful - and agood location for beginners.

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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2011

I am in hospitality myself, and I have never been treated as well in such a unique environment. We had a private room, and it was a very nice! The beds locked together, we had a tv and a fridge, and a window! It was just like home!
Martin (sp?) was VERY helpful, first by removing the air freshener from the bathroom and then fixing the tv. He is a great conversationalist and was very helpful and caring.
Our bank decided we didn't need to access our money the first day, but the reception was VERY flexible while we dealt with our bank via email and let us keep our whole reservation even though we couldn't pay for days 2-4 until the second day.
We slept well and were very comfortable throughout our stay.
Gripes:
1) I wanted to put a postcard in the post. They made me go out and find a postbox.
2) The breakfast was weak.
3) The elevator was slow, and was broken our first day (but was fixed as soon as reported).
4) Even though I was in a private room, I was not allowed to order food in to feed my partner, who was sick and needed something to eat. I wound up having to bring him fries.
With all that said, I'm very happy with my time in Amsterdam. It was a great place to stay! I'd go back anytime.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

Thought I should write a positive review about this hostel as myself and three girl mates went last year. The staff were great fun, they sit and have a smoke with you in the comfortable library style room which is full of cushions and has a quaint balcony. A beautiful lady who worked there used to sing us songs on her hand decorated guitar.

The bar has some reasonable offers on Jagerbombs and beers aren't too pricey during happy hour. The rooms are fine - basic hostel.

We ended up sharing a room with a stag party and it turned out to be a massive laugh - this hostel is perfect for those of you going out to Amsterdam for partying/chilling with a smoke. I can see how it wouldn't be ideal if you wanted a love making get away with the missus but they for 20ish euros a night staying at a hostel right in the centre what do you expect???

Room Tip: Get up at 8am to book a room for the next night.
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  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

stayed here for 1 night as i hadnt stayed in amsterdam before - This is a great place for meeting people, they have great jam sessions[which include members of the team]
the whole place just gives off a great vibe.
Good staff, everything you need is close by!
due to the very nature and location of this hostel it can be hectic and i could imagine some people feeling quite uncared for but at the end of the day this is a busy place with people constantly comign and going.
Breakfast was good and plenty of it, drinks prices also cheap,
make sure you visit Blues brothers coffeeshop opposite hostel and The freeworld internet/coffeeshop

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2011

This a great hostel to stay at. There were four of us staying in a four bedroom room. Amazing value for money... had own bathroom and shower. The staff were very friendly, especially Sally. I Would definitely recommend this hostel and I will 100% stay there in the future.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

I've stayed here on a few occasions and had a great time each time. They have well laid-out common areas (with a bar) that are great for meeting new people and relaxing. The rooms are very basic...and can get scummy, even though they are cleaned every day. Each bed has a lamp and a plug and room to store your belongings and lock them up. They have public computers for free use and free wifi. A nice touch is a collection of umbrellas by the exit...just in case it's raining. This is quite a decent-sized hostel and is definitely a party hostel. I find it welcoming and comfortable and would recommend it if certain other hostels were full.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nieuwendijk 100 | Old Centre: New Side, 1012 MR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Dam Square
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Ranked #29 of 176 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Pig Downtown 2*
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