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The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel

Calle C Sur y Avenida Sexta Oeste | San Mateo, David, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were travelling around Panama's hostels for almost a month and had a wonderful time, that is until we got to David. Firstly, every surface of the place is purple; the utensils, the sofas, the walls. The decor was dated, and the whole place was depressing, dusty and tacky. We love dogs; however with Panama's rain and humidity, having a... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

This guest was disgruntled because we charged her for 4 people even though one didn't show up at the last minute. She was also angry because she couldn't take advantage of our special promotional walk-in dorm price of $9.00, since she had reserved and paid in advance via a 3rd party online reservation service. Her vengeful fabrications and false comments... More 

Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

My girlfriend and me stayed for one week in the Purple House in a private room for 23 $ per night and it was a very good experience. the hostel owner is courteous and friendly. in the hostel you can get a lot of important information about any contiguous place for travelers. The kitchen has everything you need. there is... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your nice review. We really enjoy it when we hear that you had a good stay. It was a pleasure meeting you and we wish you happy and safe travels. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I didn´t like this place very much. I was welcomed by a volunteer, who obviously does is best, but I don´t really like much hostels who instead of hiring local staff use the free labour of international travellers. I felt like once upon a time a lot of good intentions had been put in this hostel, but that neglect let... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

It’s always helpful when a person who leaves a negative review can be very specific about the circumstances of their stay so we have a context for the complaint. For example, did this guest arrive in the morning to an empty dorm and discover a dirty bathroom from the day before? Or did she arrive late in the evening into... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Ok hostel to stay over night. The room was very small and there were some ants in the room even on the bed. Very nice and helpful staff. Nice garden to stay. Breakfast was included in the price, you got a fruit, porridge and coffee.

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

We are never quite sure why a person chooses to get online to complain about a situation that they didn’t mention when they were physically here, particularly when it’s regarding an inconvenience that would have been easy to remedy, had we been made aware of the problem. In a tropical climate, ants, (and other creepy crawlies), are unavoidable - even... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Let me be blunt: the location isn't great but the staff, kitchen, and facilities are. It's a bit of a walk to the bus terminal but from there you can get to amazing spots all over the region. We cooked up amazing meals in the well-supplied kitchen, enjoyed ICE and POTABLE WATER - luxuries in Central America and I'm still... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The purple house overall is a very cute PURPLE. House.... We stay thee 7 days and met fantastik people the atmosfere was just spoiled by the ower who dont allowed drinking music parting( be happy in general...u will find note and post it everywhere and overall u feel u r in the army, apart for a very cuddling( no and... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

This review is almost laughable, it's so obviously false. First of all, anybody who has even spent 5 minutes in the Purple House knows that Cute-si is the star attraction and constant belly-rubs and affection are required activities with her. Prevent a guest from petting her? Poppycock! We also have no limitations as far as partying and music goes. Our... More 

colorado springs, colorado, usa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We spent 2 nights at the Purple House in David enroute to Boca Brava. The room was clean and the staff working there was wonderful. However, one of the reasons we were stopping there was to get laundry done before heading to Boca Brava. Although they advertise that its possible to do this, we ended up using a private party... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

How strange that for your entire two day stay you didn't realize that we offer several different options to do laundry. We have informational signs posted in several areas. Hand-washing is completely free, 1 load washed and dried with the solar dryer (aka , the sun :) ) is $3.00, and 1 load washed and dried with our gas dryer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

Andrea the owner is such a nice and helpful person. I got there in the middle of the night and the place was almost booked up but according to the staff , my "sad eyes" earned me the emergency bed available only for lonely girls looking for stayina place to stay at night. Not because of that big favor I... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks Luis, It was great having you here also. I think that the volunteer working here thought that you had very "handsome" sad eyes, and that is probably why you got the "emergency" bed, lol. I can't believe it but you actually left here without your key deposit, even after we talked about it! Well, now you know why we... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I stayed a night in The Purple House on my way to Panama City and I really enjoyed my stay. The hostel is not very luxurious, but it offers clean and comfortable rooms for a low price and including a basic breakfast. The hostel is small and that brings you together with the other people staying there quite fast. The... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks Martin, it was very nice having you here also! Good luck on your travels! More 

Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We stayed at the Purple House last month while driving from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. It took a bit of driving around to find the place as our map was not very good and the street signage in Panama in general is very poor if it exists at all. We asked a few people including taxi drivers to... More 

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ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you here! More 

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