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london, United Kingdom
January 2, 2009
by Tre. W.
no where, Louisiana
April 13, 2006
From journal The Non-Stoners Amsterdam
Saint Paul, Minnesota
August 17, 2005
From its name, you wouldn't guess that the Flying Pig takes lodging as seriously as it does. But being one of the largest hostels in Amsterdam is hard work! Even with all that work, the Pig still knows how to make your stay fun.
The Flying Pig has two locations, one near the Vondelpark and one on the beach. Both fill up fast, but we managed to get a spot at the Vondelpark location. When we got to our room, we were a bit disappointed, as we were right next to the bar. We had nothing to worry about, though, as we hardly ever heard a peep from the bar. The soundproofing was amazing!
This hostel is great. We shared a room with six other people and had our own lockers. Each room also has its own bathroom with a show, which is cleaned daily. A small breakfast is included with your stay - it's just toast and jam with juice or coffee, but enough to tide you over until lunch. The staff is quite friendly and knowledgeable, and there is always someone on duty. If you need staff to let you in after-hours, you just have to buzz.
The Flying Pig has a small bar in its basement, which is the only real area to lounge. During the day, the area is a comfy hangout, with pillows, books, and a television. At night, the bar has great drink specials and amazing bartenders. They also bring in a DJ a few nights a week.
The Flying Pig costs a Euro or two more a night than other hostels, but it is well worth it! Visit the Flying Pig website to view photos and make reservations.
From journal Amsterdam: College Student's Heaven
June 15, 2005
From journal Supper Club
April 20, 2005
From journal Weekends in Amsterdam
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
June 29, 2003
The first thing I noticed was a raised stage in the front window covered in rugs and cushions and low tables and slumped backpackers. We whiled away many blissful hours there, beer at elbow, watching people coming and going in the street outside -- the perfect panacea for the hungover, footsore and museumed-out.
We were in dorm beds for two nights and a double for two. The rooms were clean and had their own bathrooms. The beds, which are particularly comfortable for a hostel, come with duvets, so there’s no need to bring your own bedding, and towels are available if you need them. We slept in a four and an eight bunk dorm, and our room-mates were all very considerate. The double room was particularly good because it was right at the top of the house -- if you get a room on the third floor, there’s a fantastic view from the first corridor window along from the top of the stairs.
Breakfast is included -- you can grab your coffee or tea, bread, jam, cheese, egg or cereal between 8.30 and 10.30am in the charmingly named Happy Room. This dark little cellar decorated with fairytale scenes is easy on a muzzy brain first thing in the morning, and there always seemed to be an interesting conversation going on.
One thing I really appreciated was the security -- the door opens with a swipecard, and then you herd into a little pen so whoever is on reception can examine your card and your face before you are allowed into the bar. If you stay a couple of days, the staff begin to recognise you. Each dorm bed has a locker, with a padlock and there is a free safe on reception. Despite this, the atmosphere is easy-going and there is no curfew so we never felt hemmed in.
The Flying Pig is slightly more expensive than some other hostels. However it has free internet access; the beer is really cheap; there is a kitchen where you can cook for yourself; it’s very close to the centre of town, so you save on transport; and for couples, there are a few queen-size beds which work out better value than two single beds.
*The Flying Pig
From journal Doing the Dam
Reading, England, United Kingdom
June 4, 2002
From journal european tour