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Medellín is Colombia's second-largest city; geographically located in the northwest of the country, it makes for much more than just a journey-breaker.
Medellín has left its bad reputation associated with the drug cartels behind. As home to Pablo Escobar, the country's most famous villain and leader of the Medellín drug cartel, Escobar was previously loved by his contemporaries. The next generation of Medellínos do not hold as much respect and Medellín has returned to a more peaceful place than when it was the battleground of the Cali and Medellín cartels. However, it is interesting to find out more about Escobar -- there are regular tours that bring tourists to his home, his grave, and to the house of his brother, Roberto. There is a cable car that can be taken up to a location where there are awesome views of Medellín's sprawling city.
Colombians are very passionate people and this passion is so evident at football matches. The team Atletico Nacional is the best-known team based in Medellín and there are matches regularly. Tourists regularly attend football games and Colombians embrace their interest in their teams.
When the sun sets, most people get ready for a night in the area Parque Lleras, an area of the city that most know as the Zona Rosa, where the youth come out to party all night long! Plenty of different restaurants, bars, and nightclubs give you places to drink an Aguila beer or for those planning a wild night, some shots of aguardiente.
Every December, Medellín prides itself on its Navidad, or Christmas celebration all over the city -- it is renowned as having the most vibrant display of neon holiday lights. The public transport in Medellín is very good with trains, buses, and cheap taxis. Most tours offer private buses, which collect guests from all the hostels. It is also very well serviced by the country's long distance buses with a modern bus station.
There are many hostels in Medellín, offering every service that backpackers seek. Many are conveniently located near the Zona Rosa area.
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Palm Tree Hostal
"Palm Tree Hostal claims to be the first hostel in Medellín, yet it couldn't be criticised for being dated. Sure, the hostel has a bit of a retro feel, but this creates a character that the newer hostels elsewhere in the city can't match. The Location Only a five-minute walk from the Suramericana metro station, Palm Tree Hostal is within touching distance of all the major landmarks of the city. Literally facing the hostel is a huge Exito...
Casa Kiwi Hostel
"Casa Kiwi Hostel doesn't look like a hostel, but instead has the feel of a Balinese spa retreat. The decor in the soft-lit common areas is all dark wood and bamboo with paintings, ornaments, masks, artifacts, and water features -- little things that are missing from most other hostels. From personal experience, the staff are lovely, particularly receptionist Maria -- when we arrived after having been robbed on the bus, she personally took us...
Black Sheep Hostel Medellin
"Black Sheep Hostel Medellin is perhaps the most well-known hostel in Medellín and with just cause. Comfortable beds, excellent communal spaces, organized events, and friendly staff all contribute toward a memorable stay. This is the best hostel in Colombia's second city. The Location Situated in the quiet suburb of Patio Bonito, the hostel is a ten-minute walk from the main tourist area of El Poblado, where can be found the most...
"… cancellation policy Facilities:Shared kitchenTea and coffee available all day.Internet (2.000 Colombian pesos per hour) and WI-FI area (Free)Sun terrace with outdoor showerExcellent comfortable bedsLaundry service (wash,dry and fold)Telephone and scannerPick up Airport service (contact Hostel for details)Touristy places of interest:Parque LlerasMuseo de Antioquia (Maestro Fernando Botero)'El Pueblito Paisa' and its Mirador'El Jardín...
Casa del Sol Hostel
"… and one without a bathroom but with a twin bed - Towels are free for everybody - Game room with a ping pong table, cable TV and Playsation 2, board games and cards - A Movie Room with a lot of DVDs - A 24h kitchen with everything what you need - 2 open air spaces where you can smoke drink a beer or a fine liquor - Free Colombian coffee and tea between 7:30am – 10:30am - 2 computers with internet and WIFI all over the house -...
Laureles El Nogal
"… is located in a beautiful neighborhood of Medellín, two blocks between 80 avenue and 33 street this references are the most known routes where you can find entertainment places and easy transport everywhere,you also find supermarkets, bars, discotheques, commercial malls, cinemas and an university that teaches a lot of languages. Our hostel it's a very familiar, safe and calm place there you can enjoy BBQ zone, waterfall, rocking...
"PitStop Hostel is a super hostel, especially if you enjoy partying -- this is what most people come to Medellin for. The Location The Irish-owned PitStop is located in Poblado, an affluent suburb of Medellin and it's reasonably quiet and safe. This area is within fifteen minutes' walk of Parque Lleras in the Zona Rosa, which offers fantastic nightlife with many bars and discotecas or restaurants to eat at during the afternoon. The...
Tiger Paw Hostel
"Tiger Paw Hostel is a party hostel ideally located in the heart of the best nightlife in Medellín. The Location Located just off Calle 10, the hostel is perfectly situated in the best are of the city. From here you are less than five minutes' walk to Parque Lleras, home to bars and restaurants that will suit any budget and taste. The closest Metro station is Poblado and is a fifteen-minute walk downhill. All the tourist sights in...
Sunshine Hostel Medellin
"Sunshine Hostel Medellin is a stoner's haven located a stone's throw away from the main tourist area of El Poblado. The laid-back vibe and friendly staff contribute to a comfortable stay in this vibrant city. The Location Located just off the main road running through El Poblado, Sunshine Hostel is a five-minute walk away from the main bars and restaurants in this touristy area. A similar distance away in the opposite direction is the...
Yellow House Hostel
Barrio La Floresta
"Yellow House Hostel is a basic, "bed-for-the-night" hostel located in a reasonably safe but out-of-the-way part of town. The Location Situated in La Floresta, the hostel is strangely located and a little bit out of the way from the main sights. This being said, the metro station (Floresta) is only two blocks away and will transport you to all the main areas of interest in around twenty minutes. If you are in Medellin for the nightlife,...
"Samán Hostel is a small and basic hostel in the heart of El Poblado. It is located on the third floor of a residential neighbourhood that is safe to walk around at night. The Location The hostel is located on Calle 10, and is in the heart of the Medellin Gringo nightlife scene. Within a five-minute walk of the front door are numerous restaurants catering for all tastes. The closest metro station is a fifteen-minute walk away. Rooms...
"… ten minute walk away. We have information about interesting places to see in the city, but we are also more than happy to help you set up your travels through Colombia. Private Rooms: - Single rooms - Two people, two single beds - Two people double bed - Four people, bunk beds - Two or four people, two single beds and two additional beds Earlier check in: If your arrival is before 7:00 AM the full day rate will be charged....
"Waypoint Hostel is everything that you want from a Medellín hostel -- it's clean, modern, and new with spacious communal areas and even a pool. The Location The location of the hostel is the only sticking point -- while it is only two blocks from the Aguacatala Metro Station, it is in a quiet barrio with not much in walking distance. This in some ways is a good thing. The area is safe and quiet in the evenings, guaranteeing you a good...
"We have a large and diverse offer of accommodation suited for budget-wise travelers Until private suits from people looking for more space and more intimacy. We have 2 dorms and 2 private rooms and everybody can enjoy of our swimming pool during sunny days. We have spacious, design, comfortable common rooms as well as a bar and a restaurant. The central part of the hostel is a large patio where you can discuss with other guest or simply...
Hostel Casa Blanca
"Hostel Casa Blanca is a budget hostel in a quieter neighbourhood of Medellín. In an area of tough competition, the hostel is middle of the road in terms of facilities, which reflect the lower-end price. The Location Located a ten-minute walk from the main tourist spot of El Poblado, and a five-minute walk to a giant Exito supermarket, the hostel is well located. Just up the hill close to Park Lleras, you will find a whole host of bars...
Happy Buddha Boutique Hostel
"Happy Buddha Boutique Hostal is a modern, custom-built hostel in the heart of El Poblado. Incredible attention to detail has been given to the decor that is modern and trendy, creating a pleasant place to hang out while you join the queue to get in the inadequate pair of showers that are intended to service the whole hostel. The Location The hostel is located in the heart of El Poblado, a district full of hostels, restaurants, and bars....
Hostal Poblado Park
"Hostel Poblado Park is a hostel with infinite potential whose facilities range from excellent to slightly below par. The Location Located two blocks from Parque Poblado, Hostel Poblado Park is in the centre of the action. The best bars and restaurants of the city are only a few blocks away, with the closest metro station only a ten-minute walk down the hill. This is an essential facility given the fact that all of the sights of interest...
"Couldnt ask for much more! - I stayed at the Geo for a total of three days during a recent stay in Colombia. The staff was INCREDIBLE, from the front desk team, to the cleaning crew/house staff not only keeping the place in immaculate cleanliness, but also cooking breakfast for us, I was extremely happy. They offer towels to rent, and hot water is not an issue. Place was more of a "quiet" type of hostel, but plenty of places to party nearby....
Lleras Park Hostel
"… for one double bed (1 to 2 people) $100.000 pesos for two double beds (3 to 4 people) NOTE: When making a reservation for a private room online, be aware that our rates for the Private Rooms are based on 2 and 4 person occupancies. You are paying for the double bed, whether you are a single traveller or not. TRAVELER (Private Double) 1 Double bed (maximum occupancy 2 people). Shared bathroom. PRICE: $50.000 pesos for the whole...
Secret Buddha Hostel
"… from the season to recreate universal dishes that accommodate every palate (vegetarians & non vegetarians). ) Easy accessible transport in and out of the Retreat. You will discover authentic unique places that not even the locals know & enjoy with us the night life Buddha Life Paragliding (includes transport) to and from the flying site.Horseback riding ( Horse therapy,, equestrian lessons and even a ride with music and...
The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel
"The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel is a small but intimate hostel in a vibrant part of Medellín. Its location creates its own niche in the market and allows you to see another, more authentic side to Medellín that most backpackers often miss. The Location While most hostels in Medellín are centred around Gringotown that is El Poblado, The Wandering Paisa is down a side road close to the football stadium. Along this road are found...
Lake View Hostel
"Lake View hostel is a cosy, homey-type hostel where you will be greeted by the owners with a smile. It will easily serve as a comfortable base to explore the beautiful scenery of Guatape. The Location The town of Guatape is tiny and can be crossed on foot in about ten minutes. For this reason the location of your hostel is not a major priority. The hostel is located just over the bridge, and as the name suggests, there are excellent...
"Arcadia Hostel is a smaller hostel located up the hill at the top of El Poblado. While it is a short walk from the main action, it is on a nice quieter street in the safest neighbourhood of the city. The Location The location of the hostel is decent but not ideal -- it is in the best part of the city, with all the best restaurants and nightlife (around the Parque Lleras area) well within walking distance. In spite of this, it is...
Buddha Hostel Medellin
"Urban Buddha Hostel is a quirky, vibrant hostel unusually located in one of the richer neighbourhoods of Medellín. The communal areas provide a perfect area for you to make new friends and be social while the cool decor and laid-back vibe mean you can easily kick back relax too if you so wish. The Location Located in the middle-class neighbourhood of Laureles, Urban Buddha is well away from the tourist drags of El Poblado. As the only...
"Only the location prevents a 5-star rating - That really sums it up. The staff is great, really helpful and nice. The interior of the hostel is honestly the nicest I have ever seen, I believe. The bathroom (there a male and female bathroom) is great, though I could imagine that it might be too little if the hostel was packed. There is a really nice bar, and the kitchen is awesome. They charge too much for the laundry service, but you can...
"… of the city yet, surrounded by nature that lends the feeling of an oasis. Our guests are young people and adults who come to Medellin for business or pleasure, looking for premium accommodations that are comfortable, clean, quiet, with high class service, you can relax and enjoy Casa Ram surrounded by everything you need in the city, supermarkets, transportation, nightlife, restaurant and shopping centers. Please note:...
International House Medellin
"… geographical center of Medellin. All city attractions within 10-15 minutes! Here you can enjoy community or privacy, by interacting when you want with the other international residents of the building. Most come to study Spanish, work, semester abroad, do volunteer work, or just enjoy one of the most innovative cities in the world. Fast and Stable Wifi throughout the building, including rooftop and downstairs. Please note:...
Hostal La Finca Culturas Unidas
"… have 2 dorms with a shared bathroom and 3 private rooms with private bathrooms, mostly renovated but still in a typical finca-style. We offer different options including meals, guided hikes, waterfall excursions, day trips to Santa Fé and much more. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice Payment upon arrival by cash only Check in from 14.00 to 23.00 Check out before 12.00 Breakfast not included Taxes...
Grand Hostel Medellin
"Few hostels in Medellín can compete with Grand Hostel Medellin and the warm welcome from the owner of the hostel, who immediately makes you feel like you are at home here. The Location Located in Patio Bonito, Grand Hostel is in a quite residential neighbourhood of Medellín. In spite of this, the main touristy area of El Poblado is only a ten-minute walk up Calle 10, where can be found the best nightlife and variety of international...
Eco Hostel Medellin Permaculture
"… cleaning zones and keeping alive the rural landscape, plus studies of a variety of green sustainable development alternatives. We also offer: come and learn how to grow your own organic food, bike ride, horse ride, bungee jumping, trapiche and more! Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice Payment upon arrival by cash only Check in from 11.00 to 19.00 Check out before 11.00 Breakfast included Taxes...
"… Security Open 24 Hours Service We care to your pet Outputs Toursaureles Pontificia Bolivariana, Unicentro and Rosa area of Avenue 33. Many cultural centers enrich the city, such as the Pablo Tobón Uribe Theatre (1967), the Modern Art Museum (1978), and the Metropolitan Theatre (1987). In 2000 the traditional Museum of Antioquia had a second official opening, in which it featured many works of Fernando Botero....
Buddha Hostel Medellin
"… inspiring & innovating. From the success of the Secret Buddha we are pleased to give birth to our new space, the Urban Buddha. We have tailored our hostels as unique expressions, to reflect the essence of the green city of eternal spring. The Buddha is a hostel that fuses retro-Asian design with the original Art Deco architecture of a home built in 1953 located in Laureles, the most prestigious residential sector in the heart of...
Sophia's House Hostel
"… bustle of other tourist centers , SOPHIA 'S HOSTEL is not a party hostel but alternative nightlife can be found or organized for you by the staff at SOPHIA 'S HOUSE. There is always something happening in this city! Enjoy a good talk about the history of Medellin or Colombia accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea. You will find yourself feeling more at home, not just a customer. For meals you can choose from the hostels menu, use...
Bambu Glamping City House
"Bambu Glamping City House is an oasis of calm, tucked away from main roads, traffic, and noise! There is a great backyard with tables and benches, trees, hammocks and two glamorous tents. The check-in process was the easiest we have experienced in Colombia, which is always welcome after a long bus journey. The Location Located in El Poblado, an upmarket area of Medellín, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars within walking...
Paisa City Hostel
"… Home Center, among others. Traditional markets like the squares of fruits, handicrafts, etc. are located in the district as well. Thanks to the sports center Atanacio Girardot (Stadium) on the other side of the street we have: * GYM Outdoor * tracks to make any kind of sport * Swimming pools with olympic size everything is totally free and many other outdoor activities are reached easily. The hostel is close - but still in a...
Spring City Hostel Medellin
"Spring City Hostel está ubicado en el exclusiva zona de El Poblado – Medellín, sector de Castropol, muy cerca al Parque LLeras en el sector más llamativo de restaurantes y diversión. Además de ser muy económico, su estadía será muy agradable y tranquila, ya que no está cerca de discotecas u otros epicentros de ruido. Sus espacios amplios, limpios garantizarán su pronto regreso. Spring City Hostel cuenta con 4 habitaciones ( 2 privadas...
"… and countryside views, also we got first hand info of best parties happening in Medellin for the experience to be amazing! Galeria property Polices & Conditions: Check in starts at 01:00 to 23:00 . Check out time is 11:00 11:00 am if he has not checked in, you will be charged an additional night. Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash. Taxes not included - 16% for national...
Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin
"… and shared rooms for individuals, couples, families and groups. We are committed to quality and continuous improvement, excellence in service, comfort, convenience and safety for our customers, providing a friendly, flexible and personalized service. Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin Polices & Cancellation: Check in time starts at 14:00 to 23:00 . Check out time is 13:00 Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards,...
La Presidenta Hostel
"… are situated next to main avenues with public transportation routes and to the metro station so you would be able to move easily around the city. Our private bedrooms are 7 amazing comfortable rooms with double bed, flat screen tv with cable and clean restrooms with hot water and Wifi Private beds in dorms, each of them with its own light and electricity plug, Wifi, fans and 2 restrooms La Presidenta Hostel Polices &...
Zen Hostel Medellín
"… major landmarks such as the Atanasio Girardot Stadium, South American Business Center, Cultural Park Carlos E. Restrepo, Exito supermarkets to street Colombia, Jumbo the 65 Makro Home Center and entertainment area and restaurants of Avenida 70 and Laureles. We are nearby of suramerican subway and buses. Included commune areas, kitchen, living room, bathroom , minimarket, and high speed wifi. Zen Property Medellín Police...
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Medellín Travel Tips & Suggestions
Medellin was awesome.
I was in Medellin, it was wonderful. So was the apartment.
Like everyone says, it is better if you know someone there. But everybody is also right about this being a beautiful city and very economic for visitors.
Medellin is a great city to check out for a few days. There is loads to do in and outside the city -- like daytrips to Guatape and Santa Fe de Antioquia. Also paragliding is cheap and great.
Wow. Medellin is fantastic. The people are very friendly and the city is so beautiful. I never expected to see something like that after seeing all the bad things you see on TV (if you know what I mean). It's better if you know somebody there.
This is the paradise.
Medellin has during December a lot of sightseeing. Try the national museum with the famous Botero collection. It is wise to travel through the city with a guide or a friend. Walking in the surrounding moutains is also a pleasure and you can see the city lying down below.
— Wolter Veltema (Netherlands)
Medellin is a great place to visit, but better if you know somebody there. I had friends to show me around. The food is great, women are beautiful, and the people friendly. However, there are definitely things to be cautious of, like any large city.
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