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Bambu Hostel

Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Panama City, Panama
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostels rooms were clean, comfortable and had air conditioning for a good price. The whole hostel was kept very clean. It has a great indoor/outdoor kitchen and bar on either side of a really nice little pool. The back yard is filled with plants and trees, birds and animals which made me feel like I was already out of... More

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

thanks!!! We created a hostel in David City with a pool and garden that feels like you are in nature. Swing in a hammock with a cold beer or a coke and a good book and watch the parrots fly over head, jump in the pool and repeat for as little as $11/night We are a humble backpacker hostel, nothing... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The property was nice and the pool was welcoming, but not the most eye appealing facilities. The owner was friendly, his staff is not; they were always fully entrenched in some electronic device! The kitchen was filthy and no way to brew coffee which is a problem for a coffee junkie! None the less, there is a restaurant directly across... More

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

thanks for the review as it is mostly positive. We have a big, awesome outdoor kitchen and dining area, fully equipped. Since Bambu is a busy hostel with sometimes 15 or so people cooking and eating at the same time, the kitchen can get messy, but then everyone lends a hand to clean it. So when you say that the... More

Marion, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I stumbled across the Bambu Hostel by accident, as I was traveling late one night in Panama. I'm sure glad I found this place. Folks from all over the world seem to know about this place. There were 6 Country's represented by the different guests that were there. I'm 54, white male, and from the USA. I was the oldest... More

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

True. Bambu is unique in the way we have a nice mix of people staying here. Young backpackers on a tight budget, to older people looking for property or medical services in Panama, lots of couples in their 30's etc Many hostels have attract only 19 year old backpackers, but we are more of a mix. We are not a... More

Puerto Jiménez, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Bambu Hostel is a great place to stop for a night, before you head to Bocas del Toro, Boquete, or Costa Rica, or to enjoy the pleasures that a small city like David has to offer (supermarkets, pharmacies and shops). Great kitchen with two hobs, a fridge and a huge table to have your dinner! Dorms are basic, but very... More

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Bogota, Colombia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I might have been extremely lucky with previous hostels I stayed at during my trip. I had to stay one night in David and for that it's ok. The owner and staff is friendly and helpful. Plus for that. However, it's a very noisy place. Until 4 am there was party noise right outside of my (private) room. While this... More

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agent421, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

As I read this review, the dreaded fear of the "bad" review grabbed hold of me. "How could she not like our great hostel?" I thought. "She was nice at check in" I remembered. Then this wave of calm swept over me and I began to relax. "Not everyone is going to like you and thats ok", I thought and... More

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16 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great kitchen. Dorm rooms were basic but fine. Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. Lots of guests hanging out by the pool late into the night talking. Not a crazy loud party scene though. David isn't a very nice city compared to other places in Panama, but it's a good pit stop.

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New York City, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

David seems to only have a couple of hostel options and we were really happy choosing Bambu. We ended up extending an extra night. Rooms: I stayed in double private w/bathroom and was definitely satisfied. Clean, had a/c, a small TV, desk area, and a spacious bathroom (warm showers). Wi-fi was strong in the rooms. Facility: Still under some renovations,... More

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Leon, Nicaragua
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Very friendly owner of hostel. Nice interior and amazing garden with swimming pool.You can buy some drink at hostel or opposite of hostel is good fishing restaurant. Good wi-fi and not far way from bus station. We were enjoyed to stay and hope comeback again.

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Budapest, Hungary
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Good: - Garden, Cable TV, Swimmingpool, quiet place Bad: - Single room shared bathroom 30 US without window, another single room - with window - 35 US: air condition was not working that well, people smoking in front of your window. - Breakfast: i ordered first, after me was coming other 5 people, i was get it last, was waiting... More

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agent421, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

There are "HOTEL people" and "HOSTEL people", however some folks dont know which one they are. Dont chose a hostel just to save money. Simon would have been happier in a hotel. The issues that Simon expressed shows that he would have been better suited in a hotel. Bambu hostel is exactly what we say it is, a hostel. We... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

This place is a good option for your stop over in David, including if you just need somewhere to sleep for a night before pressing on. We stayed in a private room with shared bathroom for USD$28. Room was spartan but clean and spacious. Bathroom clean. Cable tv and good wifi included. Air con also included, which we needed as... More

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Address: Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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Also Known As:
Bambu Hotel David
Bambu Hostel Panama/David

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