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Flying Pig Downtown
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Montreal, Canada
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42 hotel reviews
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“Quiet and perfect location !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Been there for a stop-by of 14 hours in Amsterdam. Very close to the central train station which is at 20 minutes from the airport.

The bar was open until 3 o'clock and we suprisingly hear nothing at all from the rooms. They were clean but a little bit crowded (6 persons in a very little room). Also we had reserved for a queen bed but it was a normal double bed.

Overall, it was cheap (especially the beer), well located and clean.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Waterville, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend and I (25 y.o. Backpackers) enjoyed a few nights at Flying Pig Downtown. The location really can't be beat- we were able to walk everywhere. We walked to the Van Gogh and IJ Brewery, which were our 2 farthest destinations and only took about 30-40 minutes each. Red Light, Dam Square, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, canals, metro, and Anne Frank House are all within 10 minutes.
They checked us in right away which was great. Our room was a 12 bed dorm that also seemed to have a small attached area that had a privacy curtain- not really sure what that area was. Our room was fine despite some extremely loud roommates one night (I realize the hostel has no control over this). There was a glass door to the smoking area, but they seemed to quiet it down early in the night so it wasn't really a bother.
The shower area was on our floor which was nice, but the closest bathroom was upstairs. It wasn't too bad, but really would've been nice to have one on our floor. We shared a locker right next to our bed which was plenty big for 2, 25 lb. backpacks.
The bar upstairs is fun, but pretty a small. There is also a pretty large smoking room, which I didn't experience, but seems like a nice, chill area.
Overall, the hostel had a fun, backpacker friendly vibe. It wasn't the cleanest hostel I have ever stayed it, but it seemed generally clean, and I noticed a few employees working hard day and night while still being really friendly. I would stay again if visiting Amsterdam.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

If you are travelling with friends to Amsterdam, this is where to stay. Here you'll find a cool atmosphere and an excellent location.
But, only if you're backpacking. If not, don't expect to grab a good sleep here.
Rooms are ok, bathrooms are as to be expected in a hostel, just ok.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

I stayed in this hostel with 2 friends between 06th and 09th November, we were visiting Amsterdam for the Ajax-Celtic match on the 06th.

Arrival: We arrived around lunchtime and were checked in right away Once checked in we visited the bar within the hostel and enjoyed a pitcher of beer between us (1 pitcher = roughly 3 pints - and its 12Euros before 9pm and 10Euros afterward!!!!).

Room: We were placed in room 201, which is a 4-bed ensuite - so the 3 of us were sharing with 1 "stranger". The room was spotless, which is always good! We were sharing with a Scottish guy the 1st night and then a Canadian fella for the last 2 nights - we all got on great and took pictures etc before leaving on the last day.

Bar / Smoking Room: As I stated above the pitchers of beer are good value, especially if there are 2 or 3 of you sharing, but the bar serves a good variety of drinks at reasonable prices. The smoking room (if thats your thing) has a couple of comfy seats, a couple of tables & chairs, and a well-cushioned area to relax on (no shoes, no sleeping is the rule for the "relaxation" area :-) ) It's a great area to meet people, we chatted away to nearly everyone we met and I think we made some new friends.

Breakfast / Kitchen: Unfortunately I wasnt up early enough to sample what was on offer for breakfast, but there are plenty of cafe's, restaurants, take-aways, hot-dog stalls etc for the late risers.

Location: It's between Amsterdam Central Station and Dam Square - so can't really be beat for location.

Overall, an excellent stay - Would definitely use the hostel again when travelling with friends.

Thanks Flying Pig!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Krakow, Poland
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69 reviews
62 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Flying Pig Downtown purely because of it's reputation I'd heard from other travellers. €110 for two people for two nights in the dorm rooms was very reasonable, especially as breakfast is included. Friendly staff, a very social smoking room and a great location near everything Amsterdam has to offer mean this hostel fully deserves it's 'elite' status. A must while in Amsterdam.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
71 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2013

I love this hostel and this was my 7th visit. It's so friendly - both the staff and other travellers really make it a special place. Even staying in a large 32 bed dorm - most people were respectful and I got a really good nights sleep. It's a great hostel for a party and the free breakfast is amazing! I will be back next time I'm in Amsterdam.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

Honestly the best hostel i have stayed at! The staff were so friendly and helpful with everything! the facilities were great, even sharing a bathroom there was no problems with cleanliness!Even sleeping in a 14 person dorm, we had no problems with getting to sleep and everyone was very friendly! the smokers room was by far the best part about the hostel, for obvious reasons of course, but the people there made it even better! a great place to meet all different kinds of people! i would recommend anyone to stay at this hostel as it definitely made our trip in Amsterdam!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Flying Pig Downtown
Address: Nieuwendijk 100, 1012 MR Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Centrum , Dam Square
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Ranked #14 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Amsterdam
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Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Pig Downtown 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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