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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 28 October 2012

Basic backpacker hostel run efficiently and strictly by former Peace Corp volunteer. I mean strictly as a complement. The rules are made clear and they are enforced. It ensures a secure, clean, and reasonably comfortable overnight stay at a rock bottom price. The manager kindly loaned us a couple of beers until we had a chance to get out to...

Thank Diverdan28
ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks to Diverdan for his kind words and acknowledgment of the effort that our entire staff makes on a daily basis to keep our hostel clean, safe and orderly. We've already commented in other responses that our only serious concerns are: the treatment of our dog and illegal drug use at our hostel. Otherwise, it is assumed that the majority...

new york, new york
Reviewed 14 August 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night. Defenetly the worst and the weirdest hostel I stayed in while traveling throughout Latin America. Too much purple, too many unnecessary and annoying rules. Andrea, the owner probably means well, but you can't be relaxed or comfortable here with so so many rules and her watchfull eyes. The pillows had a...

5Thank JennyBern
ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks to Jenny for her review because once again it gives us the opportunity to clearly explain that there are only 2 rules that are strictly enforced here: 1) Please don’t let Cute-si (our beloved dog) out into the street where she could get hit by a car or lost and 2) Please don’t use illegal drugs on hostel premises....

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We decided to stay at the Purple House based on Lonely Planet's apparently out of date review of the place. They describe the owner as warm and welcoming, but from the moment we arrived we felt more like troublesome intruders than valued customers. We arrived a couple of hours before check-in time (after taking a night bus from the capital),...

1Thank Epilover86
Management response:

This reviewer had a three night reservation that she made 3 weeks in advance. When she arrived, she immediately cancelled the third night because she explained that she’d met someone on the bus who offered her a free home-stay. She was not charged for this cancelled night. After a day of exploring David, she came back in the evening and...

Moscow, ID
Reviewed 8 June 2012

I read a good review of the Purple House in a Moon travel book so I thought I would give it a try when traveling through David. I was traveling with my girlfriend so I wanted a private room. I was considering either staying in the city in a hotel, or in the purple house (which is about 10 blocks...

3Thank Dougtoni
ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks to Doug for his review. As he mentioned we had some repair work going on in the hostel on the morning of his departure. Although I don't remember any specific interaction with him asking about tourist information, I can acknowledge that things might have been hectic at the very moment he approached me, and it's possible that I was...

Reviewed 28 April 2012

It's exactly what you expect to get from your average hostel. It offers the bare minimum but you get by. If you're looking for a night's sleep in the city of David and that's about it, you've found the right place. The staff is perfectly friendly, the beds are beds, the sheets are clean, the bathrooms exist. It's a good...

Thank Emma W
Kelowna, Canada
Reviewed 30 March 2012

Andrea has it very well organized. It is very reasonable and you can tack on extras if you wish. The veranda and outdoor shower "fountain" is where I spent the afternoon during the heat of the day - and I kept cool plus met other travelers. Not fancy but has all the services you could want!

Thank Gerry95
ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind comments and wish you all the best in life and future travels!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 March 2012

It could do with a new coat of paint (purple of course!) but otherwise it's clean. Andrea runs a good, efficient service with heaps of information about the area. The verandah is a good place to socialise and I met people from many walks of life, including a couple planning to retire on the Azuero Peninsula. There were friendly warnings...

Thank jamescollenette
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 2 February 2012

We booked Purple House on Hostelbookers and there was a problem due to Hostelbookers allowing the double room to be booked twice for the same night, so the room was not available for one of the nights. We weren't to fazed and stayed in a dorm the first night, but Andrea went out of her way to accommodate us and...

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

Thanks guys, it was a pleasure to have you here!

Sag Harbor, New York
Reviewed 10 January 2012

When we were passing through David we came horribly late at night and would have slept on anything. It was great how nice the staff was, and cute-si the spaniel is certainly cute. The dorm room left more to be desired though, as they were really musty and loud with the three fans blowing around the thick air. Things didn't...

1Thank Christopher T
ComeToPanama, Owner at The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind comments about our staff and Cute-si. Sorry about your experience in the dorm, it sounds like you are referring to our 6 bed fan-cooled room. As you stated, you got in really late...the rooms start out clean every day but perhaps that day the guests that arrived had some stinky clothes and shoes. We do however...

North Bellmore, New York
Reviewed 3 January 2012

They were a last minute life saver and for $7.70 a night for a bed was perfectly adequate. (though prices will be increasing to $9.90 later this year). Dorm style beds with clean sheets. No air conditioning but lots of available fans. Clean shower, even if the free one is cold (hot showers available for $1). Be prepared for lots...

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

Since this is such a nice positive review, we would have expected a higher star rating but thanks for your comments and for acknowledging all the nice details about our hostel. Yes, it is hard to avoid street noise in a city as big as David, but we do sell inexpensive earplugs for anyone who is disturbed by the noise....

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Casino and Gambling
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to the Purple House International Backpacker Hostel! We encourage you to visit us here in the wonderful city of David, Panama, a convenient jumping off point to many of the most popular tourist areas in Panama. Use David City (and The Purple House) as your home- base as you explore the regions! We have all the amenities that most travelers need and want, in a very safe convenient neighborhood of the city.The Purple House is a fun hostel and a great place to meet other travelers. It's homey, friendly staff, and it's very clean and comfortable because it is owned by experienced travelers who know what other travelers are looking for! Our theme is purple, and most guests are surprised to see just how many things we have managed to find in the color purple! We offer:Private rooms from 1-4 people with air-conditioning and TV, Dorm rooms from 6-10 people,Internet access including WIFI,Free Coffee and Tea all day.Fully equipped kitchen.Common Area with cable TV, stereo, DVD,Book Exchange (guests only!)Reference guide books, 24 Hour Check-in/Security.Unique Refreshing SPLASH PAD in our Outdoor Sun Garden,Laundry service.International phone calls,Eco-friendly and socially and community conscious atmosphere.A deep and abiding love for all things PURPLE! ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Purple House International Backpackers Hostel

Address: Calle C Sur y Avenida Sexta Oeste | San Mateo, David 0426, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Price Range: ₹ 583 - ₹ 1,556 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“Get a private room”
wayrobinson, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Do not stay here if you are planning on sleeping.”
complete_chocoholic, 30 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Show up and ask.”
yup66, 23 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Try to get a private room, this is a popular hostel.”
lovecr_9, 26 Feb 2015 | Read review
“We had a room with an A/C option which we decided to use b/c of our little girls and because it was pretty hot that night.”
telemarkg, 9 Jul 2014 | Read review
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