We stayed at the Flying pig beach hostel, and i can recommend it to everyone.
The place is totally relaxed and the staff is very friendly and laidback.
The bar rocks, cheap beer and the best to meet your fellow traveller.
It is close enough from Amsterdam to go there and do your cultural sh.t.
Definitely the cleanest, friendliest place in Europe.
We ‘ll be back!!!!!!!
You are not alone in that one... the flying pig has been rated top ten in best of Europe hostels for quite some years now I believe. I think they just opened a new one too. Considering the price you can pay for accommodation in Amsterdam, it's very reasonable for it's great location! It does book out pretty quickly (I tried to book a friend in a few years ago and they didn't even take phone bookings from within the Netherlands) though....
If you want to read what they say about themselves:
Yah, Amsterdam could get to be quite crazy . . . .. I was there New Years 2001- witnessed the exchange from the gilder to the euro- drunk people were trying to break into ATMs to get euros out at midnight! And the usual firecracker frenzy that carpeted the streets with ubiquitous red paper and the smell of odd gases . . . . It was quite the party . . ..
I didn't stay at the Flying Pig, though I've heard lots about it from other travellers. We stayed at The Shelter Youth Hostel in the Jordaan area- quite central, very chilled atmosphere, friendly staff, free breakfast, clean. A little less party and a lot more laid back than what the Flying Pig was, I'm sure. But I met a lot of VERY interesting people there. A few blocks away on my way to an ATM to pay for my first night a few of my friends and I nearly became a part of a work of art (not sure if that ACTUALLY happened, though . . .) . .. .
Next time I'm in Amsterdam, though, I'll check the Pig out to see what it's all about . . . .