The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel



Hostelz.com's Review

The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel is in the perfect location for young travelers, party-goers, and people who are planning on walking everywhere.

The Location

It's very close to the Red Light District, and train station. The Flying Pig is right in the center of the city, and is located on a shopping strip.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The bedrooms come with large lockers, which is very helpful when it comes to protecting your valuables. There is also excellent security that will make all guests feel safe. The rooms are clean and spacious; some rooms seem a little less clean than others, but it's nothing a little TLC couldn't fix. If you have a concern, the staff are very nice and will do whatever it takes to make your stay more enjoyable. The beds are very comfortable. Many of the rooms come with their own bathrooms inside. The bathrooms are sometimes a little grungy, but are cleaned immediately if you bring it up to a staff member.

Common Spaces

The common area is undoubtedly the best part. It is a large, spacious room with a bar, pool tables, and a big "pillow" area beside a large window where you can sit with friends and just hang out (no shoes allowed!). There room allows smoking, but don't worry, there is a large air filter that keeps the room almost smoke free! This is an awesome place to just hang out with friends and meet new people. If you like a good party, The Flying Pig is definitely the place for you -- there is always a great party waiting to happen here. Although, if you are not a partier, you may want to look for a different place to stay, as the guests can get a little loud. There is also a common kitchen, which is great for making your own meals. In the mornings, there is a free breakfast served. Another great perk of this hostel -- you can rent laptops for a small fee!


All in all, The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel is an excellent place for young party-goers to stay. If you are looking for a real Amsterdam experience, this is it. The wonderful staff will do anything to make your stay pleasant, the security makes you feel safe, and the chill atmosphere makes you feel at peace at all times. Visit this highly recommended hostel!
by Maya
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2014


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel" at Nieuwendijk 100.)


Nieuwendijk 100, Centrum, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
52.376692, 4.896323
fpreservations@flyingpig.nl, downtown@flyingpig.nl, headoffice@flyingpig.nl
+31 (0)20 420 6822
+31 (0)20 421 0802
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Good location, nice breakfast!
Room is extremely stuffy!!!!
Age 27, HKG
Alright for partying
Great location, especially if you want to party. Disappointed in security though -- a big group loudly came back to the dorm at 6:30 AM, and they brought some random stranger into the dorm with them! When someone finally asked him to leave, he swore, threw a boot, and stole some of their belongings. Luckily I was on the far side of the dorm with my belongings locked up. Also, the dorm downstairs with the queen beds are pretty dingy. If all you care is about location and you're not as concerned with safety or relaxation, the Flying Pig Downtown is for you.
Age 23, Canada
Awesome hostel in an awesome city!
Very good security. Excellent facilities for showering, sleeping, drinking, and smoking. Friendly staff! I locked my key for my lock in the locker (dumb I know) and they were quick to assist me even late on a Friday night. Overall amazing experience, would return again!
Age 23, Canada
Only for people who party
I found it to be very clean and welcoming, as were the staff. Thankfully, my group likes to party and there were no shortage of those in or around the hostel, but if you're not the party type, you may want to look elsewhere.
A fun hostel
I perhaps didn't get the full effect of this hostel because I didn't stay up late and party, but it was nice. Our room was nice and had a bathroom inside. It only seemed to have wifi in the lobby. The location is perfect.
Age 22, USA
You can understand why this hostel is famous. It has a great location, about 10 minutes from Amsterdam central train station, 5 from the red light district and a great bar/smoking area/lounge room for smoking/drinking whatever you want or even just relaxing. Big lockers available in some rooms which can fit 2 ruck sacks and 2 backpacks easily, whilst in other usually smaller rooms, only small lockers are available. The en-suite shower wasn't excellent in terms of maintaining its temperature, however the general shower area for the whole hostel is well above average in the netherlands. The staff are some of the friendliest i've met whilst traveling and can often be seen staying on for drinks and chatting with guests after their shift is over. Very interesting guests, come here if you want to both party and meet new people as well as relax.
Fun youth hostel to party in!!
This hostel was so much fun! They had a smoking room that didn't allow tobacco, they are cleaned and worked by friendly, fun young people in their 20's and had free wifi in the lobby, free breakfast, laptops you can rent for a small fee, clean and comfy beds and showers but it's definitely not somewhere you'd stay if you just want a good rest. Be prepared to stay up late and party and im sure if you go to amsterdam you'd want that anyways! This place lives up to the hype it gets!
Mixed feelings
I definitely have mixed feelings about this place. It was in a great location, close to everything you might want to do, and it was very safe (someone in our room tried to sneak his girlfriend in for free, but was caught because security is pretty good there), but the hostel definitely needs a good cleaning. I was in a shared "queen-sized" bed that looked pretty old and grungy compared with the new single beds the rest of the dorm was comprised of. It was also unfortunate that my boyfriend and I were given incredibly small, old lockers while everyone in a single got huge lockers under their beds. Consider this when choosing your bed situation! Breakfast was pretty good compared with other hostels we've stayed at, but everything smells like pot, so it might not taste as good as it would in other places. The lobby was full of people sitting on bean bags smoking, but that was a lot of fun to participate in, and watch, and it is Amsterdam, so anyone expecting the place to be pot free is being ridiculous. The internet was free, too, so that's a definite plus. This is a fun, social hostel, but I think I would stay somewhere else before this one again.

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