Latest Moon Handbooks - Panama 2013
"Opened in 2002, The Purple House Hostel is a true hostel in a---you guessed it---purple house. Though it’s 10 hot blocks from the heart of the city, it’s within easy walking distance of a commercial district with all kinds of services and good transportation connections. The hostel offers 21 spaces in a configuration that’s constantly changing. The house is simple but clean and comfortable and totally geared toward the budget traveler. There is a backyard with beach chairs and sprinklers when guests need to cool off. Its owner, Andrea, a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from New York, is a great source of useful area information and travelers tips. Staying here gives guests access to lots of extras, including a book exchange, lockers, use of the kitchen, luggage storage, free wireless internet access and use of a computer terminal, all the fresh orange juice you can squeeze (in season), free coffee and tea, and discounts on some area services, restaurants, and transportation. Note that all these amenities are available only to guests. English and Spanish are spoken. There’s no curfew, but quiet time starts around 11:30pm. This is not a wild-party kind of place. The house is in a residential neighborhood.
With advance notice, Andrea will try to arrange dance (salsa, meringue, and tipico) and Spanish language lessons for guests. The Purple House also sometimes offers a free or discounted bed in exchange for volunteering in the hostel. Andrea can sometimes arrange transfers to Boca Chica if there’s enough guest interest."
Latest Lonely Planet Panama
Released November 2013
"Owned and managed by a warm and welcoming Peace Corps volunteer, The Purple House was the first hostel in David City and continues as a tour de force. Guests have use of a communal kitchen, outdoor patio, cable TV, DVD rentals, and free internet. Tile bunk rooms are clean, purple, and tidy and the doubles come with optional add-ons such as hot water (US$2), air-con (US$5), and cable TV (US$2). The owner proves to be an incredible resource on the surrounding area, and can direct you to binders of information and link you with economical transport to the coast or elsewhere. Located in the San Mateo commercial area, The Purple House is also close to lots of restaurants, supermarkets and pharmacies. There is limited availability in October - call or email first. The house also recycles and has a community partnership selling Ngöbe Buglé crafts without commission."
Latest Lonely Planet Central America on A Shoestring
Released October 2013
"The first hostel in David continues as a welcoming good deal. Tile bunk rooms are clean and tidy and the doubles come with a la carte options of hot water (US $2), air-con (US $5) and cable TV (US $2). The owner proves to be an incredible resource, and can direct guests to binders of information or suggest economical transport to the coast or elsewhere. The house also recycles and has a community partnership selling Ngobe Bugle crafts without commission."
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