Bambu Hostel, David City

Barrio San Mateo
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Bambu Hostel is in a safe part of David, a town in Panama with an important bus station, where buses going all around the country will probably stop. The town is not a backpacker-famous stop, but some travelers need to stay overnight to catch a bus the following day, and Bambu is the main backpacker hostel in the area.

The Location

The hostel is located about ten minutes taxi ride from the bus station. It is also possible to take a local city bus, which takes about fifteen minutes. Around the area there is a big supermarket and some casinos.

Rooms and Bathrooms

It offers both private rooms and dorms. Most of the rooms have air conditioning, so it is pleasant at night. There are some plugs for electricity around the room, but there is no personal light for each bed. Mattresses are of an average quality, and some look quite old. Bathrooms are shared with all the hostels and there is hot water in the shower. Soap is available but there is no shampoo in the showers. Cleanliness is average, with bathrooms that are usually better cleaned than rooms. Lockers are available but you need to bring your own padlock.

Common Spaces

The hostel has some very nice common areas. Right at the entrance there is a relaxing area with some hammocks and sofas, and a place to park scooters or motorbikes. The gate outside is locked at night for security reasons but there is somebody working at the reception at all times. There is a common kitchen in an open space and guests can use it for free. Cooking equipment is a bit old, especially pans and pots. There is a very nice swimming pool in the garden with trees around and sun beds so you can relax and tan during the day. A bar is located next to the pool and it opens in the evening until early hours of the night.

The vibe is very quiet -- it's definitely not a party hostel as it is mainly a place where travelers spend one night and then catch a bus the next day. It is possible to meet people in the evening around the bar area, as there is not much nightlife in David, so guests usually stay at the hostel bar in the evening.


It is a good place to spend a night. It's neither a party sport nor a very sociable hostel, but it seems a fair choice for travelers in David.
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Bambu Hostel, David City
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Bambu Hostel, David City
Bambu Hostel, David City
Manu Staff Reviewer
Published on Jun 4, 2019


Welcome to Bambu Hostel & Tours an International Traveler's Oasis. We are a new urban Hostel located in a quiet neighborhood in the San Mateo District of David-City, Chriqui, Panama. We welcome backpackers and International Travelers from all corners of the world. Take a short walk from our hostel and find clubs, markets, restaurants, casinos, and 24 hour shopping. Don't miss the fresh squeezed sugar cane and coconut juice at the town square. Take a dip in our pool, swap travel tales and relax in our oversized tropical garden. David is a crossroads ideally situated 45 minutes from the Costa Rican border town of Paso Canoas. It is the second largest city in Panama. A vibrant mixture of traditional and modern Central America, offering annual festivals, rodeos, baseball, and a colorful nightlife.

Location and Contact


In David, San Mateo Abajo, Calle de La Virgencita, frente del Bar Polo, not far from Supermarket '99' Just ask anyone where the 'virgincita' is and when you find the small religious shrine look down the street and there we are!



Address: Calle Virgincita, Barrio San Mateo, David City, Chiriqui, Panama

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Website Bambu Hostel David City
Phone Number: +507 730 2961
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller





Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Gym/Fitness Room

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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