The Purple House International Backpackers' Hostel Reviews
Reviews & Ratings Explained
The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.
All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »
Quiet hostel in a so-so town did the job for a one night stop over between buses but couldn't imagine being there for very long as nothing much in the area to do.
Hide older reviews
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.
Nice place. Andrea was very helpful. It doesn't have AC and it is very hot in David so be prepared for that.
Hope you like the color purple! :P This place was a nice place to spend the night... Peaceful, which was good, because the only reason I was in David was to catch a bus early the next morning. That's what this hostel was was just a peaceful place to stay. The staff was nice enough, and the house was nice enough and clean. But don't expect a party here!
We just have stayed there for one night on our way to Boquete and the Hostel "Mama" was very friendly and shared a lot of information about what we should do in Boquete. The Hostel is a 5min taxi ride from the bus station and the next super market is 5 minutes on foot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
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 !