This was my first hostel experience. I only stayed here as I'd heard that hostels were a good place to meet people and I was traveling solo from London on this trip.
The flying pig downtown is right in the centre of everything. A close walk from the euro train station, near the red light district and loads of shopping and cafés.
The staff were really helpful with all my inquiries.
The smoking room next to the bar was a really cool feature, as you really didn't even need to leave the hostel to have a fun night! There's always lots of young people around from all over the world who are ready to go exploring or partying with.
I stayed in a 6 person dorm the first few nights. It was serviced every day and the bathroom was so clean it didn't even feel like I was in a hostel.
I didn't even lock up my stuff when I was here, I had a good vibe that it was a safe place.
The only thing I would advise is that the price goes up a lot over the weekend which I wasn't prepared for. I'd only booked 2 week nights before I left which were super cheap around €16/night but then when I went to prolong my stay for Friday/Saturday night it was around €50 for a 30+ person dorm. It was still well worth it as everywhere in Amsterdam is expensive on the weekend but just be mindful.
Make sure you bring a European adaptor too. I couldn't find anywhere close by to purchase one.
All in all I loved this hostel and I would definitely stay again in the future. Amsterdam is awesome!