Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin

Barrio Suramericana
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Palm Tree Hostel Reviews

Palm Tree Hostal is a nice enough place to stay and there are a few perks despite the building being fairly old and in need of some repairs.

The Location

On a quiet and non-touristy area of Medellín, you will find the Palm Tree Hostel, down a quiet side street. It is right next door to the massive supermarket containing anything and everything you may need during your stay, and only a five-minute walk down to the nearest train station to get around the city.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms here are quite open and spacious. They have rooms on both the bottom floor and up the stairs on the second floor. The beds are comfortable to sleep in, though sometimes the sheets can be quite thin and you might need a blanket if it gets cold.

There are multiple bathrooms around the hostel that are combined toilet and shower. They are kept well cleaned, however they are quite rundown. All of the showerheads in the hostel have been taped back together and instead of being a spray, it is more like a hose pouring water out in random places from the showerheads. On the plus side, there is hot water.

Common Spaces

There is a communal kitchen that is quite well equipped to cook a decent meal in the centre of the hotel. They also have an indoor dining area with a large table and chairs. There is a free breakfast in the morning and you get to choose between two options. Outside, there are also tables and chairs, hammocks, and stools; it is a really relaxed place to hang out. They have alcohol for sale from the fridge, so you can hang out and have a few drinks without having to leave the hostel. Upstairs, there is also a small terrace area with a table and chair to sit and enjoy some sun.


There is twenty-four-hour staffing, so you can arrive at the hostel at any time and be let in. There is a security gate with a lock, so you have to be buzzed in by a staff member every time you come back to the hostel from being out and about. They also have small lockers in the reception area for locking up valuables if you can provide your own lock. This is a good hostel to stay in during your time in Medellín if you are looking for a relaxed place to stay in a not-so-touristy neighbourhood, so you can get more of a local feel for things.
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Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin
Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin
Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin
Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin
Palm Tree Hostel, Medellin
Globetrotter Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-01-20

Palm Tree Hostal claims to be the first hostel in Medelln, 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 supermarket, which is ideal to pick up all your supplies. There are also a number of small, locally owned eateries only a block away where you can sample the local cuisine.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are of a good size and there is adequate room for all backpacks even when the dorm is full. The dorms are made up of four wooden bunk beds that are pretty small for the average western traveler. The mattresses are also pretty hard and probably need replacing.

Bathrooms are regularly cleaned. The retro shower provides lukewarm water (with some heat but it cannot be classified as "hot"). In spite of there only being two showers on the second floor, we never had to endure a wait.

Common Spaces

While the common spaces are not particularly large, they make up for this in character. The small bar looks out onto a small (very small) garden. There hang two hammocks along with a number of wooden chairs and tables that create a laid-back feel. Up the spiral staircase is a roof terrace with chairs and a table and another hammock. Very small lockers are available in front of reception and are operated by a padlock. They will fit your passport, phone, or camera but are not big enough to fit a netbook. In front of the lockers are two communal computers with free internet access. A free breakfast is included in the price, but this is in reality two eggs and two slices of bread that they apportion out and ask you to cook yourself. Free coffee is available all day.


Palm Tree is a small, intimate hostel that promotes interaction between its guests. The staff are all friendly and really make the place feel like a home away from home. While the majority of Medelln hostels are centred on El Poblado, the Palm Tree allows you to escape the gringo lifestyle and get a more authentic view of the city.


Really good Hostal!

Excellent Hostal!!!! We stayed there a couple of nights. I loved to celebrate my birthday there. got a little present from the Hostal. really nice and friendly people!!! And we came back two times more!! Clean kitchen, internet, little terrace, really good place to stay!!!


I can only recommend this place!

I recently stayed 4 nights in the Palm Tree Hostal and was very impressed! The hostal is very well located, 400 metres away from Metro station Suramericana, and in close neighbourhood to a gigantic Exito supermarket and lots of small restaurants offering local food. The hostal itself offers all the backpacker requires: washing machines, free internet (incl. wifi), beer for a resonable price, and a clean kitchen and 3 bathrooms. Last but not least the staff is tremendously friendly and very willing to help and to give advice on all sorts of questions. If in doubt, ask Luz (the hostel maid) who seems to know everything about the town. When i come back to Medellin, this will be the hostel of my choice!

Andreas Koelblin

Excellent hostel

I really liked this hostel. We had a wonderful time at Palm Tree Hostel in medellin. It's spotless clean, very clean, safe place, and the colombian owner couldn't have been more helpful, the place is nice, you feel almost as home, good dorms, very comfortable and clean. Close to cheap restaurants and next door to massive supermarket has everything. Free internet, communal kitchen, free breakfast, hammocks, BBQ, bar area.


A lot nicer than any hostel we've stayed...

The owners and staff of this hostel provide outstanding assistance adjusting to arrival in a new city. Upon arrival you are greeted warmly, then presented with a sheet of paper outlining the many offerings of Medellin. Best hostel in colombia, very clean, a lot nicer than any hostel we've stayed at during our 5 month trek through South America. I really liked this hostel. It is centrally located. Plus, there is a free breakfast, an Amazingly clean hostel. Safe place!!!


Be aware -- your money could disappear

This hostel has a serious security problem. There is no safebox. Recommendation of the staff -- take your belongs with you if you go out (funny). So the administration do not mind about, also (as they told me) it wasn't the first time that things get robbed. Also the wash service is from extremely poor quality -- it will be better to do it yourself or you will pay for nothing. (And some of my clothes disappeared as well).



We stayed in Palm Tree Hostal for four nights. Friday is the free BBQ night, however it seems that when people join the BBQ they get robbed in their rooms (or latest when everybody goes out for a drink). Had a double room and the door was locked. When we came back we had to realize that a certain amount of money was missing. To make it more difficult to realize the longfingers did not take all the money and neither notebooks. We are sure that some people don't even realize that they have been robbed as nobody counts the money exactly. But we did as we had to go to the ATM the day after again. In our opinion the only people who could have done this is somebody of the staff. As only they do have a key for all rooms. Another longfinger would have taken everything in the room as he wouldn't care! In addition another guy in a dormitory got robbed as well. The hostel lacks of security as they don't provide lockers. Moreover the double rooms are the smallest rooms we ever had on our long trip. These rooms do not deserve the title "double" but shoebox.


Excellent! The people who run the hostel are very nice and kindly.

From far one of the best Hostels in Colombia. The people who run the hostel are very nice and kindly. They always give you directions and advices for everything you need. They also organize events and parties. The place is nice, you feel almost as home, and the dorms are very comfortable. the owners are nice and help you in everything you need.


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Palm Tree is the first hostel that opened in Medellin.
- Colombian Owned -
For many years Palm Tree Hostel offer travelers a very welcoming place with a family ambience, economical rates and lots of information about Medellin and Colombia.
We are located in a central area, just a few blocks from downtown. Several bus routes and the Metro station passes nearby. Surrounded by a peaceful, comfortable and safe atmosphere.

Palm Tree is a hostel with the warmth of home. You will find a calm, clean and inexpensive hostel. Our goal is to make your stay in Medellin an unforgettable experience.


3 blocks away from the SURAMERICANA Metro Station From there, just ask where the Exito is, go to the back of the supermarket and you will find us… We are behind the “Exito Colombia” supermarket… It is the orange house with a lot of flags in the windows, but no sign… Just come and visit us. You are welcome…

From terminal Norte (bus station)
*Take the metro. The northern terminal is right next to the metro station CARIBE. From there its 1,300 pesos each one, and stops to metro station SURAMERICANA and the hostel is a 3 BLOCK walk from there...
*The taxi from terminal Norte it´s around $5.000 pesos, Tell the driver to take “La Avenida Colombia and go to the back of the supermarket Exito de Colombia.

From terminal de Sur (bus station)
* Take the metro. The SUR terminal is near to the metro station POBLADO. From there its 1,300 pesos each one, and stops to metro station SURAMERICANA and the hostel is a 3 BLOCK walk from there...
* The taxi it´s around $7.000 pesos, Tell the driver to take “La 65 and la Avenida Colombia and go to the back of the supermarket Exito de Colombia”

From Rionegro airport “Medellin's main international airport” "JOSE MARIA CORDOBA"
* Take a bus to the city centre, we are a few blocks from the downtown the cost it´s $5,000 pesos. from there you can catch the metro from the Estacion PARQUE BERRIO to Suramericana ($1300 pesos) or take a taxi.... cost 3,600 pesos (minimum charge).
* Take a taxi on your own direct to hostel.... cost $45,000 pesos
* Take a shared taxi to San Diego.... cost 11,000. Then you will need to get another taxi cost 4,500 pesos to the hostel or take the metro station EXPOSICIONES. From there its 1,300 pesos each one, and stops to metro station SURAMERICANA and the hostel is a 3 BLOCK walk from there...

From local city airport (the local city airport caters for flights to and from the pacific coast and coffee region like Manizales)
Next to the southern bus terminal. Best way is to take a taxi. The taxi it´s around $7.000 pesos, Tell the driver to take “La 65 and la Avenida Colombia and go to the back of the supermarket Exito de Colombia”

Palm Tree Hostel Medellín
Carrera 67 # 48D – 63 Barrio Suramericana. Medellín – Colombia.
RESERVATIONS: (0057 - 4) 260-6142,
Tel: (0057 - 4) 260-28-05
Cel: (300) 241 9209
We are behind the Exito’ supermarket, 3 blocks away from the SURAMERICANA Metro Station
“Find us on facebook”
Colombian owned

*24 hour staffed office *FREE BREAKFAST, Palm Tree is happy to invite you for breakfast… You may take 2 eggs and 2 pieces of bread every day, Remember the coffee is free. *FREE Coffee all day *FREE internet connection. *FREE Wi-Fi * Bookings for all hostels in Colombia. *Excellent travel info.*Dormitories and private rooms. *Linen Included *Hot showers 24 hrs. *Laundry service. *Bar *Book exchange. *Free Bycicle Services *TV Cable with 100 channels and free DVD movies. *We also have many hammocks to chill out. *FREE BBQ on Fridays. *Fully equipped kitchen with everything you need. *Free bag storage.

* 3 blocks away from the SURAMERICANA Metro Station *For many years giving to travelers a very welcoming place, family ambient, economical rates and full information about Medellin and Colombia *The routes of buses and the Metro station makes mobility between the Hostel and other places in the city are simple, very cheap and safe.

Location and Contact




Address: Carrera 67 # 48d – 63, Barrio Suramericana, Medellin (Medellín), Colombia

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Website Palm Tree Hostel Medellin
Phone Number: +5742606142 CEL: 3002419209
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Credit Card Payments


Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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