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Flying Pig Beach Hostel
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Edmonton, Canada
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18 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Good place to get away”
Reviewed 6 July 2012

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!)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

This is a friendly (but very small) hotel located right near the beach. The beach is beautiful.

The hostel itself is clean (though not as clean as the other flying pig hostels are). There is a smoking and chilling area (though it is very small), and a bar.

The staff are very friendly and really help keep the party going.

There is not much to do around this hostel except the beach though, and its not anywhere near amsterdam central if that's what you are looking for.

This is a backpackers hostel, don't expect much more.

Be sure to use the safe in the room, some other guests had lost something while I was there.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

I booked this hostel as the last part of my EuroTrip, because I wanted to sit on the beach and relax before I went back to the states. This was before I found out that Europe is freaking freezing in the summer, so when I got there, I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to get the surfing lessons I was looking forward to. However, I ended up having the best time and meeting the most amazing people at this hostel! As soon as I arrived, I was immediately welcomed and brought into the conversation like an old friend by the staff. They really included me and the other guests into the party - giving us free drinks at night and taking us to the beach when the bar closed. During the day, the beach was cold, but it was really nice to walk along the waves and eat dutch pancakes.
I stayed upstairs, where the room was small, but there was a sink and mirror inside the room, which was nice. There were two hall bathrooms with clean showers, which was a great break from dorm bathrooms. The kitchen was big and easy to cook in, and the bar and smoking areas were great. I miss it! I wanna go back!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

i booked here as a friend had stayed before and also there wasnt any availability in Amsterdam!
PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THIS A HOSTEL NOT A 4 STAR HOTEL!!!
YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN DIFFEREN SIZE ROOMS/ SET UPS!
The breakfast you cannot complain about !- a hostel providing breakfast will never be the ritz! but for FREE you get bread, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, jam, choc spread. corn flakes. real milk, tea and decent coffee.
The staff are very freindly and when we arrived we were told we had come during shift change so could not check us in straigh away [not a problem] but they kindly offered a free beer while we wait ! perfect after navigating the train and bus system.

the only thing that sometimes lets the atmosphere down is the locals that use the hostel as a local bar and smoke place [i dont blame them] can be very aggressive in there speach and gestures. but you can always retire to your room for a bit?

all in - nothing wrong and the staff are just great and plenty of nice peeps to share stories with ....def would stay again

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2010

we got the free shuttle bus to pick us up from amsterdam which was good.
stayed 1 night. was a bit shocked that the 20 bed dorm was in the basement with only 1 window at the end. there were 2 showers but only 1 worked properly.
wasnt impressed with the bar it was pretty expensive, 2.20 for a tiny glass of wine and 4.50 for a vodka and orange. atmosphere was kinda boring with stoners staring into space all over.
there was people sleeping in the dorm at half 8(!) which was so annoying because we wanted to drink. and when we went to bed at about 1am the music was pounding through the ceiling from the bar above. the town is boring on the whole though there is a really nice italian restaurant along the front, mmmmm

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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London
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

This hostel is by far the worst place I have ever stayed. We checked in and checked out the next morning straight away. The noise in the hostel means you get zero sleep. The main dorm is below the bar and the floor is made of paper by the way sound comes through. The other problem is that there is only one small window in the corner of the room so there is no air in there and the smell is just so off putting. Just outside the dorm door are the loos and I can only speak of the Male loo, but in there the smell of urine was worse than a public toilet in a subway. I am sure they had not been cleaned or if they had then it was done by someone in about 15 seconds. These are also the loos for the bar so there is a constant trail of people coming up and down all night.

Supposedly the bar is meant to close at 2am but there was still loud music and people bouncing around until at least 4am.

Breakfast that is included - this does not start till 9am and if you want to get a cup of tea or a drink before that you have walk around the town to find something open which is not great. It is nothing special so do not put much money you are spending on the bed towards this as you will have to buy something else.

I am not going to go on anymore but it is very easy to say, if you have choice then stay somewhere else as this is not a nice place and the people in the bar are not hotel guests so the atmosphere in the place is not very friendly.

Very bad hostel!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

This hostel is fine for those having a wild weekend or wanting to meet new people whilst getting drunk/stoned. It's not the cleanest place ever and the free breakfast isn't great. Avoid the larger dorms if you want any sleep and would rather not see people having sex in their bunks.. The staff are really friendly and the bar is lively and the smoking lounge is fairly comfortable though the smoke does go into the rest of the dining room & bar (in case that's a problem for you). There are several daily free shuttle buses to the airport/amsterdam city centre which is a draw for the place, but the staff drivers are pretty stoned most of the time so I wouldn't recommend that... The beach at Noordwijk is beautiful and well worth a day in the sea or on the dunes, but the town is a pretty uniform grey place so I wouldn't recommend spending any time there. Better to stay in Amsterdam the whole time, or camp at Noordwijk if you want to be by the coast.

Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Flying Pig Beach Hostel
Address: Parallel Boulevard 208, 2202 HT Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > South Holland Province > Noordwijk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Noordwijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Pig Beach Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 9
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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