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Bambu Hostel

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Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a private room with a bathroom; the room was spacious and we slept really well, staff are nice. We didn´t use the pool (we only stayed a night), but I thought it was nice that there was one. The only thing I didn´t like about the hostel was that it´s not at all clean - our bathroom hadn´t... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

We are a busy backpacker hostel, with 15 people in the kitchen at a time chopping, frying, cooking, eating,etc. We clean the kitchen spotless at 7am, then again at 2pm, but we expect people to clean up after themselves in between these times. It is a communal kitchen, and your mom doesn't live here to do it for you. The... More 

Sliedrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice helpful staff, rooms with airconditioning, reasonably priced for backpackers on a budget. Bottles of beer for just one dollar at the bar. The communal kitchen is not so clean thus be warned. Lockers are present but make sure to bring your own padlock in order to close them. Overall a good place to stay for young and social travelers.

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The out door kitchen overlooking the garden and pool is huge and fully equipped. It can get busy and messy at times, but then we all pitch in and clean. It is never dirty for too long. More 

Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It could be much better if the clean was better too. We spent a night in a double room with private bathroom and it was not the best relation price / benefits. The mattress need to be changed. However, the atmosphere was really nice. they have a coati as a pet and it's really funny. The location is very good... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

We understand that cleanliness is of the most importance, and we will push to do better. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Very friendly staff, also very helpful. Good vibe and comfortable with air con to escape the heat. If travelling to Panama from Costa Rica this is a good place to rest on the way, away from the heat and busy streets.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We have stayed here 3 times. We love it. There are a few small changes we would make, but Greg has done a GREAT job with this place. Great outdoor kitchen, sat. TV in room, private bathroom, located in local cute neighborhood, new fish restaurant down the street and one across the street and both very good, Greg has a... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

please come back soon! In the meantime Ill get some floats for the pool. More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

After a long bus ride we stayed in David for the night. David itself is not really worth seeing but the Hostel welcomed us really wormy and we had a excellent night with lots of great interesting people. The kitchen is very big and turns quickly into a cosy hangout spot at any times of the day! I would definitely... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

So glad you liked the "jungle house dorm"!!!! The people who "get it" love it!!! Experienced travelers know that a country is more than beaches and mountains. The soul of the people are in the cities. For this reason David is a good place to visit. In addition, there are many nature activities within 30 minutes of David City. Rivers... More 

Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We came here based on the airbnb reviews, and we were pleased to find a very nice and friendly hostel. We stayed in a private room, which was big and nice with a good aircon and plenty of hot water. The atmosphere was very friendly and both the staff, the owner and the volunteers working there were helpful and very... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

After staying in many hotels and hostels from Cancun to David I found The Bambu Hostel to be my favorite. The hostel has several choices, the Tree House is a unique building on natural tree post stilts and is open air, a totally cool experience. There are also regular dorm rooms and private rooms. The kitchen is a real gathering... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you need to be in David (to break up a journey or something) then this is a good option, but I wouldn't go here especially as there is nothing to do in David! It's a sociable hostel and has a bar and kitchen and good wifi, also the restaurant opposite has good cheap fish. Unfortunately staying in the 'Jungle... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

Hold on a second! The " jungle House" dorm is an authentic forest house on stilts and is extremely popular with budget backpackers. The JH is outside of the main house and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and perched above the trees with a stunning view of the swimming pool. Travelers truly enjoy this unique type of lodging and... More 

Vaasa, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Nice hostel to stay. Located in a quiet area, close to the big super market which is open 24 hours and restaurants. Easy to get to centre. AC in the room was good, hot water available. Nice and helpful staff.

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