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Bambu Hostel

Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There's not much to do in David, so if you're headed into Costa Rica or just on your way out, this place is a good shout for a couple of days' R&R before travelling: air conditioned rooms, nice little pool to lounge by, reasonably priced bar. A little bit out of the centre but taxis are $3 wherever you'd want... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised to find such a nice hostel within David. David didnt really catch my eye, but I had to stay here when I came over the Costa Rican border. I was wasted tired and checked in with my bad attitude from the long journey. However, my attitude completely changed once I toured the grounds and met the friendly... More 

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Central America
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are always on the hunt for fun family friendly hostels and this had everything that we wanted: air-conditioned room, large kitchen, beautiful garden, bar, free wi-fi, swimming pool, secure parking and a supermarket just around the corner. Staff were very friendly, rooms and facilities were clean and it was close to the mall, cinema and everything else we wanted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to stop on the way through to Costa Rica. Tranquil gardens and the awesome pool made this an easy option for my stay in David. Brand new supermarket nearby and seafood right across the street(super cheap!), the location is awesome and the bar was a great place to unwind after days exploring in Boquete and Volcan. Great value... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

This is a kooky hostel with a nice pool and outside area. The bamboo tree house is really cool but the room we stayed in was fine, a little insecty and beds weren't great but ok. The bar area is good for a few beers and the mascot and hostel cat are really cute. It's a little out of David... More 

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Thank Jennifer S
Gregg L, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks. We are a bit kooky, haha I like that!! Bambu is certainly not your typical comercial hostel. Theres a bit of alice in wonderland going on for sure. The back yard is a fantasy, with exotic plants and flowers and a nice pool, tiki bar $1 beers, with paths to walk and animals to see. The hostel is very... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

I came here one afternoon and was super tired. The city was really hot so I picked this hostel for it's AC so I could get some good sleep. The staff was super friendly but the dorm terrible. It turned out the AC was only turned on between 9 pm - 9 am, I wish they had told me this... More 

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Gregg L, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

The reviewer wrote this because he was angry that we do not run the dorm room air con 24 hours a day. I dont believe it had to do with anything other than that. He was tired and frustrated and not having AC just set him off. During the day, our dorm room guests are out swimming in our pool,... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

We stayed one night at Bambu on a stop over through Panama. The hostel is quite good value for money. It has a number of options for travellers. I think the jungle dorm should be a few dollars less. My partner and I stayed in a double room which was very good sized. The air con worked quite well. Swimming... More 

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Gregg L, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

Good to hear that you guys enjoyed our little garden paradise in the city. Next time for $5 more you can get a room with a private bathroom instead of a shared bathroom. The shared bathrooms are used by many people. Even though we clean it a few times a day , we cant be there each time someone uses... More 

St.Gallen
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We stayed there in a double bedroom with shared bathroom. The bed was very small for two people. Otherwise everything was okay. It's okay clean, but could be cleaner. The staff is nice and helpful. There is a big supermarket near by and the kitchen is also alright for cooking.

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Gregg L, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the hostel! Just to be clear, the bed is a standard size "double bed". We also have a couple rooms with a "queen size" bed. Keep traveling!!! More 

Michigan
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

According to the hostel there are a lot of things to do in/around David but honestly it's not much of a tourist town, especially with Boquete so close. If you do end up here, Bambu is not a bad place to stay, although it's a ways from the center/terminal. The pool is nice, and they have an A/C dorm which... More 

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lapkin, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this review

Ill tell you what is great about David, Panama. David is not over commercialized like Bocas del Toro and Boquette. This is real authentic Panama. So for someone seeking authenticity David is numero 1. Prices are LOW. Its hard to find a restaurant meal in David over $5. In Bocas a fish dinner costs $15. David actually has Panamanian people... More 

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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

great location if you want to travel on to costa rica (bus goes by in front of the hostal), also there's a big super market in walking distance and a decent (and cheap) restaurant right next to it. Rooms are clear and absolutely okay. they have a bar that is nice (although if I remember correctly they only serve beer... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
WE ARE A BACKPACKERS' HOSTEL, NOT A HOTEL OR AN INN OR LODGE 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bambu Hostel

Address: Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Price Range: $24 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
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Bambu Hostel Panama/David
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