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Bambu Hostel
Ranked #1 of 14 Speciality Lodging in David
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice for a quick stay”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

We stayed one night at Bambu Hostel before heading on to Costa Rica. Our private room was clean (they had just bought new sheets) and spacious, and the wifi was a welcome addition. Shops for food are about a 5 minute walk away but the neighborhood was quiet and peaceful. Overall Bambu was nothing special but pretty good for a hostel stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

The Bambu hostel is a bit outside the city center but is a very nice place to stay. The pool is a very welcome addition in David where it's extremely hot. The mattresses in my dorm were very thin - you have to like firm beds... The staff are very laid back and friendly and make sure you're having a good time. When I stayed most of the people in the hostel were relatively old compared to regular hostel guests - most of them were actually long term residents coming over for several weeks or months from the US. All in all a very good experience, recommended!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

I stayed here for one night. Nice doorm in a "tree house". Loved the swimming pool, and the wibe of the place is cool. One of the workers there held a mini concert. clean and nice :)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

Bambu hostel is by far the best hostel in David. I consider the place to be better than an expensive hotel because of the other interesting travelers you meet there. There's a restaurant right across the street where you can eat great for $3.50, a convenience store at the end of the block, and a well stocked 24 hour supermarket 3-4 blocks away. The hammocks under the gazebo are a great place to lounge and enjoy a couple of beers, the pool was clean and refreshing, and the jungle hut in the backyard made me feel like I was sleeping in the treehouse of my childhood dreams :)

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We stayed in David for 2 nights and found this place just fine for a short stay. The grounds are nice and owner is friendly. Very decent kitchen and a great supermarket nearby. Clean pool and great jungle feel in the back

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Additional Information about Bambu Hostel

Property: Bambu Hostel
Address: Calle Virgincita | San Mateo neighborhood, David 0426, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > David
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Speciality Lodging in David
Price range (per night): ₹ 642 - ₹ 2,311
Hotel Class:2 star — Bambu Hostel 2*
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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Bambu Hostel David, Panama - Chiriqui

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