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The Purple House International Backpackers' Hostel Reviews

Avenida Sexta Oesta y Calle C Sur, atras de la Camara de Comercio, David City, Panama

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42 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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Hostel is fairly basic, but has good wifi. You need to pay extra for hot showers and air conditioning, but for the price of the rooms that's not too big a slap in the face. Middle of the road sort of place, not bad, but not great either.


THE reason to come to David! Hostel owners should be learning from Andrea, the owner, how to run their hostels! I've seen 55 countries and perhaps at least 200 hostels but none like this before first of all because of the unique personal touch by the owner. It makes the entire experience when there's someone to genuinely help you in a foreign country. The hostel is highest metaphysical color of purple and I loved it it was sooo good all I'm going to say is I really love this place!


This is a good place for a short stay in David. The interior of the hostel looks a bit tired but the dorms are comfortable and the bathrooms are clean. The owner is knowledgeable and has lots of info on the surrounding area. There is a computer for guest use (a bit unreliable), a kitchen and free coffee available all day. The hostel is about a 15 minute walk from downtown David but there is a handy supermarket nearby. There is also a courtyard and hammocks outside which are nice for chilling.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review! We have spruced up the interior of the hostel with new furniture and a PURPLE paint job. Come visit!


Purple House is not for long term stays, alright for a night or 2 but that's it. The staff are helpful & courteous & the cost is reasonable but it is definitely showing every day of it's 11 yr. history & could really use an upgrade or makeover if you will: our bathroom was unusual, the toilet is so close to the wall that our knees hit the wall when we sat down. (I am 5'9" & my wife is 5'5") On the plus side the bus Station is a $2 taxi ride away, the Airport $5 and a large Supermarket is close.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Steve! We appreciate your comments and we couldn't agree more, The Purple House is NOT for long term stays. We are a budget-conscious hostel for backpackers and travelers who are interested in finding a clean, safe, comfortable, well located place to spend a few nights (we normally set a 1 week limit). We also agree that the bathroom in your room wasn't designed well by the original owners of this house. Due to our limited budget, we have been unable to over-haul it. So we sit sideways! :)


The Purple House is an ok place to stay

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