I stayed at the hostel last month with 3 friends (all female) for 3 nights. After a ten minute walk with suitcases from the main train station we arrived at the hostel. Not too difficult to locate, it was down a street off the main road literally next to the red light district. It was only a short walk to the main Dam square too. The staff were friendly and helpful and gave us key cards for our room on arrival. The cards were also used to get through a turn style on the way in. The reception looks a little bit like a small pub with a pool table and bar with a few tables and music blasting day and night. Luckily and surprisingly we could not hear the music at all from our room.
After lugging our bags up a very treacherous staircase (watch out for that one after a few drinks!) and then realising there was a lift..... we got to our modest room. It was small with two bunk beds and a small bathroom with a shower which looked a bit like a shower in a gym - you have to press the button every few seconds to get water. The floor was a little bit slimy/slippy so might want to take flip flops....
As far as rooms go it was simple but it was clean and the bed was really comfy, plus it is a hostel so you can't go expecting a hotel room! It did get hot at night though and the window wouldn't open properly but I think that was just ours because the room opposite looked ok. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the fact the staff knocked on the door a few times asking if we wanted to have our room cleaned, but before we could say anything the door had flown open. At one point my friend was half way through getting changed! But I guess in a hostel some of the dorms are shared with strangers so people might just walk in whenever. Might be best getting changed in the bathroom!
The bar downstairs was always quite busy and there was a smoking room through some glass doors. It's very chilled out in there with pillows scattered everywhere and signs on the wall saying 'no shoes' and 'no sleeping'. Didn't get that until I went in there one night really late and nearly fell asleep... you can get quite relaxed. The bar prices are pretty decent compared to the rest of Amsterdam which is very expensive for drinks. Downstairs there is a type of living room where you can get breakfast in the morning. The food is very basic - things like bread and cereal but it's ok for the price of the hostel (we paid about £100 each for three nights). You can also hire out a laptop to use the internet from behind the bar for something like 50 cent.
Overall I would say that the Flying pig is a good place to stay if you are young and are there for a bit of partying. There are people from all over the world here too so it's quite nice not just staying with a load of English people.
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