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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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Helsinki
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This hostel is on a calm residential area of David. There is a very good and cheap (<5$) fish restaurant at the opposite. The staff is very friendly and the hostel itself very good value for money. I stayed at the tripical treehouse dorm and slept well with earplugs. Remember to being earplugs as there are many animals making noise... More 

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Jaco, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This place was great! A buddy and I used it as a 3 day recoup period between Drake Bay and Bocas Del Toro. The pool was great, the hammocks were plentiful, the staff was extremely helpful (I crashed mountain biking the day before arriving and they helped keep me bandaged up!), and the owner was great to talk with. It's... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I had a lot of fun at tgis hostel. Great location great staff and the owner is very nice . The pool is great when it is too hot in david. Lots of shade and comfy beds. I hade made another review but the last reviewer did not log out. So its under a wrong name. To bad they did... More 

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