This hostel was great! Everything was very clean, and although the bathrooms were small, they had these nice disinfecting spray stuff for the seats. The beds were small but clean, when it's cold I would recommend bringing another blanket because I was cold. The showers are clean, but there are only a few of them so get up early! The water was also surprisingly hot.
We stayed in a 13 person dorm room and had no problems with anyone. I brought earplugs, which I highly recommend. We brought locks with us, but they were too small to fit on the hasps. I went downstairs and they sold me two very nice locks for a very reasonable price. The sinks have both hot and cold water in the rooms, and the carpeting etc. is all clean and in good condition.
The staff at the Flying Pig is outstanding. We had a few problems with check in because they just started using a new system, but the woman at check in (which was at the bar) made sure that we were comfortable and brought us a round of drinks on the house while we waited. This was indicative of the whole staff. Any problems were dealt with promptly and courteously.
The bar and kitchen are very nice! The bar has the most reasonable prices on beer etc. that I saw, and everyone seemed really nice in the bar. The only problem was that it was so nice we rarely wanted to leave it, but we wanted to see the city! They have just about everything you might need for your stay behind the bar, and it's reasonably priced. The kitchen has many many utensils, etc. and is a good way to save money on food. Another way to save money on food is by taking advantage of the free continental breakfast. While we were there they had 2 types of cereal, milk, orange drink, water, bread for toast, croissants, hard boiled eggs, and a selection of jams, peanut butter etc. We ate the breakfast every day we were there, and while it may have been plain, it was free and filling.
A few things I read about in reviews and wanted to address.
First, the mice. A new freeway is being built and there are mice everywhere in Amsterdam, but the Flying Pig is doing everything they can to get rid of them, and we didn't see any, although we found evidence of them in the garbage can. All of the homes, hotels, and hostels have problems with mice right now.
Second, after three if you are checking in you have to go down to the bar and check in there. After three, you have to get to your rooms through the bar, which means you have to go down one staircase and up however many flights your room is from the basement. While this may seem puzzling at first, it becomes obvious this is for security purposes. It means that whoever is coming in is observed by the staff to make sure there are no problems. There are some people who get a little kooky when the visit Amsterdam, and this is a way to keep an eye on everyone.
We stayed here for my friends' birthday, and they took great care of her and us! I don't have much money to travel with, and the Flying Pig was reasonable and fun. Until I can afford a posh hotel, this is the only place in Amsterdam I'd stay.
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