Situated near Amsterdam Central Station, Dam Square and the Red Light District, the Flying Pig Downtown is an adult-only hostel with a smoking room and an outdoor patio.
Dorms sleep 4-32 guests and feature free linen, under-bed lockers, reading lights and access to a shared bathroom. Private rooms add a TV, mini-fridge and en-suite shower room.
Facilities include a 24-hour front desk, a basement lounge, luggage storage, DVD rentals and a book exchange. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. The hostel is open 24-hours with no curfew.
A buffet-style breakfast is available for a fee. Plus, guests can use the communal kitchen. The lively on-site bar features cheap beer, DJ nights and a pool table.
Situated on a busy shopping street, the Flying Pig Downtown is a three-minute walk from the Sex Museum, a 15-minute walk from Anne Frank House and a 20-minute tram ride from Albert Cuyp Market.
Previous guests have found the staff at the Flying Pig Downtown are friendly and helpful. Some are local and have excellent city knowledge. You can expect to be given a map that highlights all the nearby coffee shops and attractions.
Guests tend to love the location of the Flying Pig Downtown. It's an obvious choice if you don't want to trek too far from Central Station with heavy bags in tow. It's not just the train station that's nearby - previous guests have commented on the number of coffee shops, dining spots and shops in the area.
Facilities here compare favourably to other hostels, especially if you're in Amsterdam to party. Previous guests have particularly enjoyed the cheap beer in the bar, the marijuana-friendly smoking room and the chilled basement room. Guests also appreciate the 24-hour security and the free breakfast.
This is definitely not the kind of place where you can expect to get a solid night's sleep. Guests say this hostel is very noisy. People can use the outdoor terrace until fairly late and the music in the bar is on until the early hours.
Guests who stayed in one of the larger dorms seem less impressed than those with a bed in a smaller dorm. Some of the rooms here sleep up to 32 people, leaving plenty of potential for smells, clashing schedules and for at least some of those guests to be disruptive.
Bathrooms could be better
A fair number of reviews indicate that the bathrooms here could be improved. Some guests mention that the number of showers/toilets is not sufficient for the number of people using the facilities. Others found that hot water was something of a rarity and felt that the bathrooms could be cleaner.