The Purple House International Backpackers' Hostel Reviews
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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.
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.
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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.
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 !
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.
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.
- Novice Nomad
- 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.
Nice place to stay in David, especially for the price. The owner Andrea is like a minor diety of travelers information. She had volumes of well organized materials on Panama, David and Costa Rica, as well as local charitable orginazations, buisnesses etc. Rooms were clean and comfortable, prices for laundry service was a steal ($3 a load!). David is very hot, but the good news is for an additional charge of $5 you can have airconditioning in the room.