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Bambu Hostel

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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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We made one of our few mistakes staying here. The pool is filthy as is the kitchen and the shred bathrooms. The receptionist an English girl was not overly helpful and made you feel as though you were interrupting her every time you asked a question. Location is not central, and we were just happy to get out of there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed here for one night as we continued on the next morning. We were provided with lots of different options for rooms, all of which were a great price and value for your money. We ended up staying in a private with shared bathrooms. The room itself wasn't much, and was a bit hot, but the hostel made up... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here overnight just to lay our heads before continuing on our bus journey the next day. The host had the funniest sense of humor. The rooms were big, clean and quiet. The pool area was really nice to have in this hot area. Communal kitchen was nice, and they even had a little gym area outside, which was... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For $11 bucks with free swimming pool and Hot water shower and big big kitchen, is this worth? YES, definitely good value of money. Private room with share bathroom is another good option because it's cheap and still including everything so it's similar to perfect private room. Why not choose it? That's why I'm so happy to be here. Manager,... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we stayed here one night, and I'm glad it was only one night. We had a room right next to reception which was a little noisy, but nothing compared to the late night cock fighting going on outside. Nothing about the hostel seemed especially safe. The door to our room had clearly been kicked open at some point so didn't... More

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Portland, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Bambu Hostel in David for one night and it was good. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful. We stayed in a private room with a/c and it was very clean. They provide clean towels and bars of soap which was nice. There's a pool to relax in, hammocks to sway in, and a bar/restaurant where... More

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Calgary, Alberta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in the no-a/c dorm (un-needed) and there were definitely no bugs in the earlier-mentioned review. It is a creaky place on stilts that swings when anyone walks across it and my bed was sort of tilted(?), but it was clean and the beds all had built-in mosquito netting (also un-needed). There is a great common kitchen, fast wifi... More

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Caracas, Venezuela
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I liked the location, not far from the bus terminal. I liked the breakfast for a good price, and the close-by little restaurants were fine. The site is nice, the pool is clean and there are places to hang out. The room we stayed in, however, had bedbugs. I am positive of it as they started showing the morning after... More

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agent421, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

That simply is not true. We examined the mattress and the entire room for any sign of bedbugs, and after researching it online see that they leave a tell tale stain...there is nothing there, and we did take that seriously, and this is the first ever complaint of bedbugs, and further as a precaution the mattress was treated as well.... More

Quito, Ecuador
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Really cool place to stay, especially for backpackers - the new kitchen is fantastic! The bar and pool are great to hang out in/by and the atmosphere is chilled out. Although there's not a lot to do in David itself, there are plenty of places relatively nearby to visit.

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David, Panama
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This is hands down a killer hostel with the most RELAXING vibe, no hurries, no worries.... Greg was such a good source of information, he went out of his way to make sure you got a taxi when you wanted, repeated directions over and over to so many of us weary travelers ( ALWAYS WITH A SMILE believe it or... More

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Also Known As:
Bambu Hotel David
Bambu Hotel
Bambu Hostel Panama/David
Address: Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We just completed a large out door kitchen with ten burners and loads of counter space all you need to create a gourmet creation (or a backpackers bowl of pasta) in the comfort and beauty of our flowing garden and pool.. When you are done following all the other tourists to Boquete and Bocas; come spend some time in David. This is real Panama. You will be interacting with Panamanians rather than always being around other tourists. This is a chance to stay at a super cool hostel and explore a real Panamanian city. Dance all night long to Salsa, Merengue, Rock and Reggaeton.. Great restaurants and shopping; and David is cheap!!!! 1/2 The price of Costa Rica. How about a $1 beer in a bar? David is a safe and friendly city too. Get your Latino on in David! New Jungle House in Garden at Bambu Hostel see photo below, built on stilts from native wood and bambu walls with tin roof, sleeps 10 backpackers and overlooks the sparkling pool, only dorm of its kind in Panama! Lonely Planet Recommended International Backpackers Hostel with a Pool and Deluxe tropical gardens in David Panama.We welcome Backpackers and International Travelers from all corners of the world. David is fun! It has everything that a weary traveler could need to recharge the batteries, fine dining, casinos, movie theaters, inexpensive shopping, nightclubs and discos, festivals, and, within 45 minutes, awesome mountains, Caldera Hot Springs, Playa Barqueta and Costa Rica. Come stay with us at Bambu, relax in the garden, swing on a hammock with a cold beer at the Bambu pool bar, dip in the pool and watch the tropical birds flying in the backyard. We have very few rules here, just come with a good attitude and have fun. ... more   less 
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