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Bambu Hostel
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in David
Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews
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“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

I was extremely happy with my stay. Has a easy to find location, very friendly staff. The owner was very nice, helpful and enjoyable to talk to. Pool was very clean. The room had a tv and cold a/c(private room). The dorms were awesome... thatched roof hut. I loved the laid back atmophere... and the fact that the owner had a great attitude and wanted to make our stay as easy and as enjoyable as possible. If you expect a hilton, don't stay at a hostel... but if you like the hostel experience, you will be happy... no doubt. I would stay here again, no questions asked... and I likely will stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012
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David, Panama
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

I have passed through David a couple of times on my travels this year and was so impressed by Bambu that i thought I should write a revew to let you all know about the place. They have lots of privet rooms and a cool dorm out the back past the swimming pool. I stayed in the dorm which is made of bambu and is raised off the ground. There are lots of shops, bars and resterants close by and its only 35 cents on the bus to get you in to the centre of David where there are casinos etc. The hostel has a great vibe and the staff are amazing and helpful, they are always looking for volunteers. It has free wi-fi, a jym,a tv room and full kitchen for guests to use, plus the pool out back to chill in when it gets hot. I highly recomend a stay if you are going to pass through David whilst in Panama.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We stayed at this place for two nights because we were on our way from San Jose (CR) to Boquete and wanted to have a stop on that journey.
We loved the treehouse-dorm and the pool! The staff is very helpful and everything is very clean. There is a well-equipped kitchen and two computers for internet use.
In the evening you can have some cheap drinks at the "pool-bar" and just have a really good time.
There are not so many things to do in David, but we had a good afternoon at the pacific beach!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Ashland Oregon
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

Many people come to David to get to some other place, and Bambu Hostel is truly a great place to make your stay enjoyable. When you get to the gates the buzz of the city may still rest on your skin, but as soon as you step into the back gardens an oasis for relaxation awaits you. There is a pool to make the hottest of days enjoyable and the rooms are nice and clean. Bambu Hostel has beautiful murals covering the common walls and the people are kind and genuine. The location is close to the Bus Station and All the major shopping, yet it is tucked far enough into a neighborhood to make traffic at night very uncommon and the sound of the city silent. There is also a wonderful restaurant across the street where you can find amazing fish plates for only 3 dollars, if you don't feel like cooking. If you do feel like cooking there is a full kitchen that is well equipped.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

I had planned to either go straight to bocas if i could or at the worst stay only a night in David..i had heard it was too hot and there was nothing to do there..well bambu hostel was really as they say a travelers oasis, the large cool garden that has a sparkling swimming pool and a tree house that doubles as a dorm with 5 bunks (sleeps) 10 was like a fantasy from childhood...it was so relaxed there that i extended my overnight to three nights and would have stayed longer if i didnt have to meet up with friends waiting for me in bocas..

i stayed the first night in the dorms and the last two in a private. The room was clean and large, and the bathrooms were spotless, dont get me wrong this is not a five star hotel its a hostel, so dont expect a hotel! Btw I did my laundry there and paid five dollars and no complaints!

At night i enjoyed hanging out on the hammocks with other travelers and they even opened up the small bar next to the tree house where we ha $1 rum drinks all night...

Room Tip: If you want total quiet for a private room ask for room 1 (shared bath) or room 2 (private bath)
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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David, Panama
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

I've been fortunate in that I've travelled extensively; I've stayed in potholes and palaces and eagerly recommend the Hostel Bambu in David, Panama for any length of stay. The place was immaculate, the owners, Mike and Greg, entertaining and helpful, all surrounding by their most unique property. The Bambu House and outside bar along with the central location to all things in town makes this Hostel a first choice in David. This is a Hostel not the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco---all things in perspective! David Hayden

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Boquete, Panama
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

ive been hiking for the past month from costa rica to columbia and logistically david has been a perfect place to take care of all my resupply needs. the last two times through ive stayed at the bambu hostel and have nothing but positive things to say about it. the rooms were clean. if something was wrong, of which there really wasn't anything, the staff would go out of they're way to make it right. ive loved sitting around the pool by the bar having a beer (or two...) and a laugh. it is really important for me to feel at home and relaxed after two weeks in the jungle and so far this hostel has been perfect. im sure ill be back.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Bambu Hostel
Address: Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David 0426, Panama
Location: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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 
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