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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.

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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.

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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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We stayed in the six bed dorm room. Although our room and beds were fairly clean, the common areas are in need of some attention. The chair covers in the living room area needed a wash. We found the hostel dog asleep in these chairs a number of times. I think if hostels have dogs in these common areas it should be stated on their website. Dog food was also stored in the guest fridge in the common kitchen during our stay.

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Although we are constantly working to keep the hostel neat, it's a challenge to "deep" clean the common areas every single day because guests are hanging out there. Photos and comments about our dog Cute-si are on several pages of our website. Some of our dog-loving guests invite her up to sit on the furniture, so we lost that battle years ago. Yes, we keep a small bag of her dry food in a drawer (labeled private) in the big shared refrigerator. It's never been reported as a problem before.


Very pleasant and friendly as always. For a few dollars more (to quote an old Western!) Room D with the private bathroom is worth the extra, and it's also away from the noise of the traffic.


Friendly, comfortable and a good place to meet other people.


Had a great time at The Purple House. Andrea (owner/manager) and staff are super friendly and helpful. Great location in a safe neighborhood, only three blocks from a nice market, restaurants, and buses to the central terminal. Very laid back atmosphere - made tons of great friends! \When the hostel is full, the two bathrooms can be pretty busy. An optimal place for backpackers looking to make friends and save money at the same time. Not ideal for travelers looking for a lot of privacy.

  • 18th Jan 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thanks so much for the kind comments and it was a pleasure to have you here also. Just for the record...there is actually a total of 5 bathrooms in the hostel...4 of them have public access, the other one is in a private room.


This is a hostel where people go between transit. The owner is very helpful. we enjoyed using the kitchen! Very cozy environment and intimateness.


Knows what the independant traveller needs - and gives it with "No fuss, No frills, No nonsense".Great !


Clean, well kept. Friendly staff, very accomidating.


Very nice place. Very friendly staff. The city itself is just about 2 blocks away. Not much to see... but it was a good stopover on our way from Panama City to Costa Rica. Cut-Si the dog is the best!


It could do with a new coat of paint (purple of course!) but it´s clean enough The management and staff are helpful and efficient, and generally it´s a friendly place.

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Thanks for your kind comments, it was nice having you here also. If you happen to read this James, could you please indicate what specific area of the hostel you think could use a paint job? That would be so helpful to us!


Nice place with helpfull stuff!


Nice and clean place. Safe and nice residential neighbourhood, 15 minutes walk to supermarkets, restaurants and bars. A/c costs 5 dollars extra and you will probably need it. The hostel does not have the feel of a party hostel .when we stayed there, not much was going on anyway. Both staff and owner are helpful and friendly.


Nice hostel in David not a lot to do in David but a great base to get to other parts of the country. Staff are very helpful.


Fantastic, friendly hostel with lovely hosts and a great home-like feel. Not the place to have a party, although neither is David in general. I would definitely recommend it : )


Was a great stay. Andrea is an awesome host who will help you will all aspects of your travels. The only problem is that David is difficult to navigate so the Purple House is hard to find.

  • 26th Jul 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Overall a good place to stay if you need to stay in David City. Extra charges apply for hot water, TV, etc; you just need to read the fine print before booking.

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