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“Great Hostel, Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #25 of 173 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
Ottawa, Canada
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“Great Hostel, Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

Located minutes away from the central train station. There is a bar and a pool table in the lobby. Very friendly staff. Decent breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

This is an awesome place located right in the smack middle of amsterdam right near central station, which is great if you arrive (as i did) on the train. Clean, friendly and well run. You barely need to leave the hostel to have a great night out. The bar is great, jager bombs going off left and right every night and it's definitely the cheapest place to drink i've been able to find in amsterdam. I came for two nights, but it was so great i canceled the next leg of my trip and stayed a week. The staff and other guests are some of the most interesting and cool people you'll ever meet.

But remember, this is a HOSTEL people. If you don't want to have a raging good time then this might not be the place. but if you do, this is the place to go. (however, they do have a number of private rooms that are perfectly quiet on the 2nd and 3rd floors)

Room Tip: The dorms are great, but they also have private rooms and smaller rooms. I stayed in both but honest...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011 via mobile

Clean big hostel, bathrooms have hairdryers which is good and never had to wait for a shower. Stayed here 3 nights and everyone of those nights it was really busy in the bar. Staff are really nice and helpful. We are a couple and had our own double bed in a 14 bed dorm which was cool. Except for one of the nights when we came home to find someone else asleep in our bed! the staff quickly sorted it for us and even changec the sheets.

Wouldnt recommend this hostel if you want a quiet place to stay. We would definately come back, it is a great hostel to be based at to experience Amsterdam.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

The Flying Pig was a great hostel to stay at, so long as you don't mind the smoking room with lots of stoners. The rooms were clean and there was a locker under the bunk beds (lock needed, but you can rent from the front). The beds were pretty comfortable as well and we had a washroom & shower in the room. The room was cleaned each day a new person moved in which is pretty often. The stairs up to the rooms are steep but you are in amsterdam and these are how the houses are built!

The smoking room was pretty much busy all the time with people smoking up and smoking cigs. The air gets pretty thick in there but there is a small deck at the back where you can get some fresh air.

The main floor has a bar with great specials every day. It was a great place to chill and have a drink. We played pool in the front area and on some nights they bring in a DJ who plays some great music! They also serve breakfast in the morning, there were some pastries, cereal, toast and some fruit. We did discover a bakery that makes delicious buns and pastries on the main Damrak road (don't remember the name but you can just walk down Damrak a bit and you'll see it). The free breakfast was nice but the bakery is worth the money and it's not expensive! They also have free earplugs at the front desk which is a great thing to have at a hostel!

Overall the FP was in a great location and close to everything. I would stay here again!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

I've stayed here a few times, its a great hostel, with a great staff.

Each room has a locker under each bed. The beds themselves are very clean, have comfortable comforters, sheets, a nice large pillow, and a plug.

The rooms are diligently cleaned daily.

This is definitely one of the places you should stay in Amsterdam.

Breakfast is simple. Internet is free (via wifi), but somewhat slow. There is a bar and smoking area, but no food provided (except breakfast).

They also have private rooms, but they go quick.

Only downside to the flying pig: Price.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

If all you want to do is get high in Amsterdam this is the place for you. If you have a little bit of culture and class then this is not the place for you. The rooms were stayed in the some what spacious but that's the only positive thing. It was located next to the street and with the street sweeper going back and forth at 8am every morning expect to be woken up often. The bathroom could do with a separation barrier between toilet and shower. Staff were also pretty useless - they were probably high from sitting too close to the smoking room.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Great spot to party and base yourself while exploring Amsterdam. I stayed here for a week. Went out to a couple of clubs but stayed in for most of my trip because it was so much fun! You should be ready to meet new people when coming here, don't shy away simply because you might not be able to find room for your whole group to be together in one space when in the lounge area. No complaints at all, everyone was extremely friendly, the atmosphere was live, and the bartender was pretty hot.

Room Tip: Four person rooms should be the quietest during the night. Lower floors mean less steps, but closer...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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 #25 of 173 Specialty lodging in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Pig Downtown 2*
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