The Flying Pig Downtown is a friendly, fun-focused Amsterdam hostel. Located on a busy, central shopping street, this hostel is surrounded by many of the city's nightspots, while also being a short walk to popular sights and the Red Light district. Private rooms are available in addition to the secure and tidy dorms, and the property is frequented by a mainly backpacking clientele. There is a modern guest kitchen, cozy smoking lounge, and lively bar on-site. For those looking for a more subdued hostel option, the Inner Amsterdam near Vondelpark has similar rates, but less buzz.
One of the two Flying Pigs in Amsterdam, this (in)famous landmark hostel is unashamedly geared towards the younger party crowd. Housed in an 18th century townhouse, its bright colorful lobby attracts backpackers and weekend revelers looking for good times with like-minded spirits. Decor is fun and funky in common areas with colorful murals, eclectic furnishings, and a whiff of cannabis. The atmosphere, unsurprisingly, is relaxed and friendly, especially in the cozy cushion-scattered smoking room, while things liven up in the evening in the busy bar with regular DJ sets.
Bustling Amsterdam shopping street near Centraal Station
The hostel is located on Nieuwendijk, one of Amsterdam's liveliest shopping streets, which can be incredibly busy during the day. It's also a few blocks from Centraal Station, and within walking distance of most of the city's tourist attractions and nightspots. It's about a 10-minute stroll to the Red Light District, while trams are available a block away to the more wholesome Museum District.
Private double rooms are available with simple, fresh decor and minimal furnishings. These include flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms with towels and toiletries. Dorm rooms are bright and clean with bunk beds, reading lamps, and personal lockers. Shared bathrooms are of a particularly high standard for a hostel, with wall-mounted hairdryers and individual shower cubicles.
For those looking to indulge in herbal cigarettes, the hostel allows smoking on the outside terrace or in its smoking room -- a loungy space full of inviting cushions, board games, and stocked bookshelves. A fully equipped, modern kitchen is free of charge to use for guests to cook meals. The busy bar offers drinks specials and various snacks, has a pool table, and hosts DJ nights three times a week. A "Happy Room" provides a space for guests to flop on a sofa and watch a movie on the large flat-screen TV. The hostel also provides a free buffet-style breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour access.
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