A troupe of 12 stormed Amsterdam to celebrate my upcoming 30th birthday. Travelling in a large group and intending to have the most fun possible, I decided to book a hostel and Im really glad that we stayed at the Flying Pig. I had heard that the Uptown hostel was much nicer but I think its a bit depressing to stay in Vondelpark in the winter and for your first time in the Dam its probably better to not be out of the way. Downtown is smack bang in the middle of the tourist area so you have fast food, cafes, shops on your doorstep and Central Station is less than a 10 minute walk away. This hostel was as much fun and as comfy as any good worldwide hostel. The staff were friendly and even if you dont partake in a little doobie, its OK to stay here, the non-smokers in the group didnt feel threatened by the monged out travellers who lie on cushions in the hostels entrance - smoking is only allowed in this part of the hostel. The showers were clean and the bedrooms were clean, even the 'precious' 5-star members of the group had to admit it had been a good experience. The one downside I would say was the price. It was about 26 euros for a bed in a 14-bed dorm. Thats nearly £20!! So quite pricey for a large, shared room where you have to put up with snoring. Our 14-bed dorm was also in the basement so we woke up to condensation on the walls and it could be quite cold for some of the more sensitive.... BUT! Free internet and free brekkie, but we <ahem> never quite got up early enough... Thankfully the hostel really was full of backpackers and not chavvy stag groups. The other 2 beds in our dorm were taken by 2 Aussie backapackers and despite our large number, they were integrated in our group quickly and we found it very easy to chat to just anyone who passed us in the late-opening bar.
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