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Calle Virgincita San Mateo neighborhood, David 0426 Panama
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#1 of 20 Specialty lodging in David


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, but just remember this:

If you think that you are going to have it all for a low price, think again. When you choose to stay at a hostel you need to accept the unwritten (until now) agreement of hosteling. The agreement is that there is a trade off.

The deal says that you will receive a awesome travelers' community with lots of amenities, in our case, a clean luxury swimming pool, wifi, gardens with hammocks, amazing outdoor kitchen, laundry service, travel services, computers with skype, phone calls, books, games, a pool side bar with $1 beer, excellent and cheap seafood meals, etc .

What you might not get is 100% quietness, privacy and comfort. That is the trade off at most backpacker hostels.

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BionicBuk wrote a review Dec 2019
Arlington, Virginia87 contributions73 helpful votes
I booked one night in a 8 bed dorm at Bambu Hostel the night before my flight to PTY. The hostel is in a great location and had a chance to meet Gregg from Brooklyn, who is quite the renaissance man. He employs volunteers to keep the kingdom in top shape. Some are more socially awkward than others. I would say he’s a bit forgetful but does take kindly to reminders. Greg also went out of his way to help me as I misplaced my passport. Customer service was 100% in what could have been a very stressful situation. Thank you, sir. This place is the exact opposite of where I stayed in Boquete. Which is a relief. The WiFi works completely and throughout the property. Beds are comfortable with private curtains, nice feature. Place is reasonably clean and well maintained. Kitchen is fully stocked, maybe could be a bit more organized and cleaner. I recommend to clean as you cook. AC is on in dorms from 8-8 I think. Just cool enough which is nice to sleep in. Dorm room is a little tight but all good. Pool is amazing. There is a sleeping barn/shelter with maybe 8 beds too which is very cool. I personally wouldn’t be able to sleep there with the ambient sounds at night but others would enjoy it. Coolest thing about Gregg’s hostel resort is the $1 beers and the animal kingdom he created. The anteater is still wild but she is comfortable around guests. Gregg says “Pet at your own risk”. There is a small army of cats that snooze around the property. I don’t believe they are allowed in the dorms? Place is a tad pricier than the other hostels in David but the key features of Bambu align with most travel needs. Just be careful of the South American gypsies.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Milka wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I stayed at Bambu Hostel and rated it honestly. The facilities are old, the kitchen was filthy and I found that my room was unswept. I wasn't expecting a five-star hotel but I did expect a clean private room. Mostly importantly, THE OWNER USED MY PHONE NUMBER TO SEND ME A DOZEN ANGRY MESSAGES REPEATEDLY CALLING ME NAMES and threatening to speak to my "employer and everybody I know". He was extremely angry and vindictive, STEER CLEAR of this one.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Mabava wrote a review Aug 2019
Haute-Savoie, France18 contributions5 helpful votes
Hola! I stayed 3 nights in this hostel! I really enjoyed my stay there. We do not believe in David, the garden is planted with trees, a pool, a lounge area with TV. The kitchen is a simple hostel kitchen, so the necessary to prepare food. I was lucky because there were only a few people in the hostel! The psiicne is top and clean! I had a very good welcome from the boss and 2 volunteers, they were very simpa! I really felt like home! The dormitory is small but no matter because there are curtains to separate from the other beds, I slept very well and the air conditioning at night is cool! After that, I think that everyone feels, according to their personality, what they are looking for and whether the staff changes from year to year. Thank you for this pleasant stay among you!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
lifeinthetopbunk wrote a review Jul 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania407 contributions206 helpful votes
I desperately wish I knew the name of the staff member who checked us in, because she was So. Awesome. The staff are friendly and helpful, and one of them makes a hell of a pupusa. The rooms are spacious, but really need a new coat of paint and some refurbishing. The pool is so refreshing! The bar only sells $1 bottles of national beer, but there are big supermarkets nearby, and the kitchen is the heart of the hostel. Great place to spend a night or two. Also, the coati running around the grounds can't help but make you smile.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
mark n wrote a review Mar 2019
Quepos, Costa Rica25 contributions8 helpful votes
Nice private rooms and dorms w/air conditioning, Bambu house dorm with fewer features for those on a budget. swimming pool, giant kitchen, bar. Modern supermarket very close. TV in private rooms, great wi-fi, friendly helpful staff, most languages spoken. I stay here now whenever in David.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bambu Hostel
What are some of the property amenities at Bambu Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bambu Hostel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Bambu Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bambu Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Don D Ever, SmokeKing Chiriqui, and Dairy Queen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bambu Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Bambu Hostel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of David.