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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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51 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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I just stayed in the Purple House one night, in between bus rides, and it was a very decent place to do so. The hostel was clean and comfortable, and Andrea is a welcoming host. She was also very responsive when I told here there was a problem with the dorm's bathroom -- took care of it that same morning. All in all, a good bang for your buck.


Andrea was very helpful and even gave me a free room upgrade from a private without a TV to one that had one after I shared my plan to just relax all day. Also she shared with me some bananas from the tree outside that had just ripened_ delicious!! Be aware of the fine print for the private rooms as ac is available, but not included in the price!


great little hostel. has a big shopping centre very close, including a 24-hour supermarket. you pay $1 extra for a hot shower but this is one town we didn't need one of those! host was super friendly and lots of information to offer. down side was no breakfast incl which was kinda inconvenient if you're only there 1 night (but you do get coffee), and its a decent walk from the bus station, especially in the heat with a heavy pack but apparently its only a couple of $ for a taxi.would recommend


This hostel was an ok value for the money. However, the space felt claustrophobic, wasn't very clean, and smelled like dog.

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We really appreciate you mentioning the good value for the money. A message from Cute-si, "I'm so sorry and embarrassed that my bad odor made you think the hostel was dirty! I was having a strange allergic reaction to a new brand of food, and it made my skin and fur smell terrible for about 2 weeks (even though my owners were giving me frequent baths). My doctor said the problem was systemic, so we just had to wait it out. Now I have new food and I smell great! (for a dog...). PH is clean!


Nice place. Andrea was very helpful. It doesn't have AC and it is very hot in David so be prepared for that.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Tim, thanks for the kind words. Just for your information, our private rooms all have AC and in about 3-4 months we will be installing air-conditioning in one of our dorms. Come back soon!

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