I booked my trip to Amsterdam on very short notice (pretty much the day before) and wanted to book with the Flying Pig because someone had recommended it to me. On such short notice, the downtown and uptown hostels were full so I settled for the beach hostel. Other people staying there said they had picked it because they needed a break from their crazy stays in the heart of Amsterdam.
The biggest disadvantage is the hostel is far from the city. It takes about 30 minutes and costs 4 euros to get to Leiden train station, and then another 30-40 minutes and 8.50 to get to Amsterdam Centraal. There is no quick transit pass you can buy for these trains and buses so you'll just have to pay separately each time. However, just because it isn't in the city doesn't mean the location isn't amazing. The beach is clean and the water was warm. There's a nice little shopping street in Noordwijk that I found actually sold better souvenirs than the stores in Amsterdam. Apparently there are bars and clubs in the town too, but I didn't take advantage of them because drinking at the hostel was so fun. The bartenders were really nice and the other guests were great company.
I stayed in the 22-bed dorm in the basement which was fine although nothing special. There is lots of floor space for bags and there are small safes included in your room price that can hold your passport, money, and maybe a 13-inch laptop. You could hear the music from the bar (mostly just the bass) but it wasn't too distracting. The bathrooms were a bit dingy unfortunately, the faucet was loose and there was only one countertop, which was in an unlit corner next to the showers. The showers were a bit weak and small so it was hard to keep your clothes dry. I only stayed for one night so these things were fine, but I don't think I would have been able to stay much longer than that. Maybe the bathrooms for the smaller rooms were in better shape.
All in all, a great little hostel to get away from the city. Would definitely recommend for a short stay. (Be sure to bring 15 euros cash for your key deposit!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Amsterdam, Leiden, and Den Haag (The Hague) from The Flying Pig Beach Hostel! Our shuttle service runs into Amsterdam every day. Chill-out in the SURF BAR with Indoor Smoking Area and terrace. Hire surfboards and mountain bikes. Get involved with our Jam Sessions - Big Screen Movie Nights "DJ Nights" and make use of the free canvas and paints. Check out the shared and private Room Deals, and prepare to have some serious fun! ... more less
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