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Reviewed May 7, 2014

Bambu hostel is a fantastic stopover if you are travelling through Panama. It is very easy to stay longer than originally planned, as we ended up doing. The outdoor kitchen and garden with a great swimming pool are an awesome place to chill out for a day or two and there is a variety of sleeping options to suit all different travellers.

The staff is great, especially the owner, Greg, who was happy to chat about anything from travel advice (he really knows his stuff) to Music. If there is something he can do to help you out, he will!

All of this for very reasonable prices for accommodation (from $11) and dollar beers at the tiki bar next to the pool!

I highly recommend breaking up your travels through Panama with a stay at Hostel Bambu!

Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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1  Thank Chrisgeorge89
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Reviewed May 6, 2014

This place is ok for a hostel and they do have different accommodation options. We stayed in the bunk beds in the wooden hut. The bunk beds were unstable and the moskito nets were dirty and with holes. The common areas were ok and the people were friendly. The kitchen looked alright and the swimming pool is a plus. Good place to have a beer but maybe next time we would look somewhere else to stay.

Date of stay: February 2014
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank Gabesse
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place rocked, we got exactly what we reserved, the staff was very professional and Greg the host is a great person to chat with. They gave us plenty of information in regards to sites to see, in the area and as a result had several fun filled excursions in the surrounding areas. Yes there were rooster, and the shower wasn't very hot, but for the price you pay and the helpfulness of the staff make this so worth it. Oh yeah dollar beers, awesome pool, and the cute little coati hanging out by the pool definitely made it worth every penny. We will definitely stay here again our next trip to Panama.

Room tip: Little difficult to find its actually on 8th street.
Date of stay: April 2014
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We made one of our few mistakes staying here. The pool is filthy as is the kitchen and the shred bathrooms. The receptionist an English girl was not overly helpful and made you feel as though you were interrupting her every time you asked a question. Location is not central, and we were just happy to get out of there before catching something! Thankfully the aircon worked well.

Date of stay: April 2014
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2  Thank NigelJulie1932
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agent421, Owner at Bambu Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2014

First of all as hard as we try we can never be the perfect place for every person.

The week in question we had a large group of messy students in the house coupled with 4 days of heavy wind and rain which blew leaves and branches into the pool and the pool pump chose to break at the same time so yes the pool was dirty and that has been fixed, but a greater point is that this is a hostel, and you have to have a different set of expectations as such. We take cleaning very seriously and your review prompted an inspection during which we found that we needed to do a deep cleaning on top of the daily cleaning...so we did that.

But here is the bottom line we are a very well loved Hostel and #1 in our market, David which was really off the tourist map when we started has now become more of a destination and largely because its worth coming to Bambu Hostel to see what we have created which is really a little piece of paradise in an urban setting. Our outdoor communal kitchen is professional quality, 10 burners and tons of marble top counters and gear, our pool is once again sparkling and our grounds are filled with flowers and fruit trees and birds..come take a look!

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We stayed here for one night as we continued on the next morning. We were provided with lots of different options for rooms, all of which were a great price and value for your money. We ended up staying in a private with shared bathrooms. The room itself wasn't much, and was a bit hot, but the hostel made up for it with a great welcoming atmosphere and a decent sized pool to cool down in!

The kitchen had just been renovated i believe, and although we didn't have a chance to use it, it looked amazing! Outfitted with commercial kitchen supplies, the outside kitchen was definitely one of the best we've seen thus far.

Room tip: Pick a room with a window or air conditioning.
Date of stay: February 2014
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1  Thank sharissa j
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