Hostel Focus: Flying Pig Uptown

In this week’s Hostel Focus, we put the spotlight on the Flying Pig Uptown hostel in central Amsterdam, situated at Vossiusstraat 46, overlooking the beautiful Vondelpark and next to one of the most popular nightlife spots around, the Leidseplein.  

If staying in a converted, old-style Amsterdam mansion smack bang in the middle of the city and next to the best spot for parties, no matter whether its jazz, hip hop, rock or house you’re into, then the flying Pig Uptown is the spot for you. Nearby attractions include museum central, the Museumplein (home to the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum), the Amsterdam Heineken Experience, markets such as the Albert Cuijp in the Pijp and of course that wonderful, massive Vondelpark ready for exploring by bike or skates (available from the hostel of course). They even have a cat!

We chatted to Judith Cohen, General Manager, to get the lowdown on this uptown hostel, which offer private rooms (with TV) and dorm rooms that sleep between 4 and 14 people (the bigger the dorm, the cheaper the bed). They also offer a unique option perfect for you on a budget couples – Queen size beds. These are double bunks, with each bed sleeping two people. They are available in the 8, 12 and 14 person dorms and are cheaper than two singles, plus you get to snuggle of course…

What additional facilities or services are on offer?

Bar with free wifi, smoking area, book exchange, small kitchen for use, free linen, 24 hour reception, no curfews or lockout (keycard access). There are also guest list privileges at several clubs in Amsterdam, 25% off food at the Belushi’s in town with your Flying Pig key card and free entrance at the Winston Kingdom club, again with your Flying Pig key card. We also  sell tickets at reception for the cancel cruise, Heineken experience, bike tours, pub crawls etc. Free pick up for daily walking tour too.

Busiest time of year?

May – September and weekends

Nearby sights?

Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Leidseplein.

Nearby transport links?

Tram 1, 2, 3, 5 & 12. Bus 197

What makes your hostel special/unique?

The atmosphere, it has a laid back atmosphere and we also have a lively bar.

Do you cater for children?

Nobody under 18 allowed

Do you cater for pets?

No, but we have a hostel cat

Have you ever had a famous or particularly notable guest?

Everyone is famous for us 😉

Further information:

  • Website:
  • Facebook: The Flying Pig Uptown
  • Twitter: flyingpighostel
  • Instagram: Flying Pig Uptown



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