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“Reasonable. You get what you pay for.” 3 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 #28 of 174 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
Melbourne, Australia
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“Reasonable. You get what you pay for.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

The hostel has a good location. The bar, smoking room and outdoor area are all really good. Cheap drinks! The staff are helpful and you can get free earplugs (trust me, you need them)
The rooms aren't exactly clean, two days in a row our bed had extra doona's and pillows on it and they appeared from no where, we think they got put there when the room was being cleaned? We didn't really appreciate someone elses dirty linen though.
Room security was our main concern. We stayed in a 18 bed dorm room that backed out onto the courtyard. The door is able to be opened and people can freely access your room. We had an incident with a traveller who was not a guest at the hostel who was sleeping on everyones beds, asking people to borrow their keys ect. He slept on the chair in the room. I was uncomfortable and reported my concerns to staff. They were prompt to act and the guest was removed from the facility. So it was bitter sweet. There is a safe at reception and i strongly recommend you use this facility. Otherwise you have a locker, dont forget a padlock.
Don't stay in an 18 bed dorm if you expect to get sleep :) The ear plugs are a god send though!
The bathrooms are average. Clean enough but some have no hot water control and there is minimal to no shelving/hooks to put your stuff on.
The breakfast facilities are pretty good! Very good considering it's free! The free wifi is really good, we had no connection problems.
Overall, I would consider staying at the hostel if I could not get a hotel room. A good place if you are on a strict budget.

Room Tip: For security reasons I wouldn't stay in room 01 as this is the room that backs onto the courtyar...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Great location, everything Amsterdam has to offer right on your doorstep or close by. Clean rooms and bedding. Good value for money. Staff friendly but busy! Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

stayed here from the 1st july till the 3rd july 2012
decent little hostel , great location 5mins from train station
bar ok but when busy staff can be a little slow they should really have someone go around serving drinks ;>
had room on third floor , basic room but done the job
would recommend for people to stay here mostly due to the location


friendly staff
met some good people from Chile, France, Scotland England Canada


only negs i can think of
hostel is pricey , hostels ,hotels prices need to drop in amsterdam as i feel more people are traveling to eastern europe
all the coloured people in the streets trying to sell drugs , why dont the police just go round undercover and lock them all up

Room Tip: twin rooms for 2 people are good book in advance tho
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Flying Pig has a great location only a few minutes walk from....anything you could want in Amsterdam. It has perfectly acceptable, clean beds (bunk beds) which have large cage lockers under them for storage, if you don't have a padlock you can purchase one from reception for a nominal fee. The bathroom was clean and the shower was fine. I stayed in a 6 bed shared room with 2 friends and never had trouble sleeping (however we were probably the loud ones), however if you are a light sleeper ear plugs are provided free at reception. The hostel has a bar and smoking area which has chess sets, books, a bed (with a no sleeping sign), an outside terrace and paraphernalia like grinders and bongs. Breakfast is simple but pleasant. Towels can be rented for free if you put down a 2 euro deposit. The staff were all friendly and we genuinely had a very pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Top floor is smaller rooms, so quieter but middle floor people don't get kicked out on check out...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely staff at the reception desk for making one feel at home in an instant. I stayed for one night in a single room. Clean, good sheets, quiet policy was implemented so I got a good night's sleep (keep it up please!), bathroom was clean. It could be nice to have maybe more stowage space in the room, but all and all I would definitely recommend people to stay here. Nice breakfast, perfect location, nice vibe.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

I stayed here in a 4-bed dorm with private bathroom on late May 2012. I was kind of concerned about the whole "party hostel" reviews. It was definitely not my experience. Luckily, the party was somewhere else, bar was not crowded at all. I was on the 3rd floor and I could sleep well every night. And I stayed on a weekend! The place is nice, very well located and safe. You need your key card to access the hostel, the elevator and your room. It's small, yes, but all Amsterdam is. And it has an elevator, which is great if you carry a big suitcase.
Place to keep your stuff are cages under the bed. No chance to get a suitcase or big backpack in there so have this in mind and also the fact that everyone can see what´s inside the cages. There are big lockers downstairs but you have to pay a daily fee for them.
The room was pretty clean and the shared bathrooms downstairs also.
The street were is located is a pedestrian street parallel to the main Damrak street. It is very lonely at night, it makes you feel uneasy when coming back late but I never had a problem. This place is definitely a good choice.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

I stayed in this hostel for 5 days. It was the absolute best hostel i've stayed in thus far. Great people with a very laid back atmosphere. The bar was incerdible too, we had so many jaegerbombs.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 #28 of 174 Specialty Lodging in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Pig Downtown 2*
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