Hostel El Alternativo is both a social and quiet hostel in a hip and bohemian neighborhood.
El Alternativo is located in the lovely and safe neighborhood of Manila. Even though Manila is close to the party district of El Poblado, it is very quiet around the hostel. El Alternativo is surrounded by international restaurants and wonderful, stylish cafes and boutiques. It has less of a Colombian atmosphere, and more of a cosmopolitan touch. The bars and famous clubs of El Poblado and especially Parque Lleras are also in walking distance, around ten minutes uphill. A huge supermarket called Exito is close by, where you can find anything, including international food and clothes.
Getting there by metro is very easy. You can take the metro until the metro station of El Poblado and walk about ten minutes. There is parking in the street, but it is always recommended in Medellín to park in a secured parking area.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel offers economic four- and six-bed dorms as well as private rooms with private and shared bathrooms. Fans are located in each room. There is not too much space for luggage, but every guest has his or her own locker for valuables. Toilets and showers are very clean, and the hot shower functions well. The hostel aims to be environmentally friendly and recycles trash.
The hostel has a wonderful atmosphere. In the reception area, you can find lots of flyers and posters about restaurants and tours. The French owners and their team are also very friendly and can give you good advice on activities. Upstairs is a cultural cafe and a rooftop terrace that is so lovely, you never want to leave. There is a perfect atmosphere to chill, talk, eat, and enjoy Medellín. A book exchange also exists at this hostel.
A delicious breakfast with eggs, bread, and fruits as well as coffee and juice is served every morning and is included in the economic price. The kitchen is well equipped and is in very good condition. A shelf with leftover food for everyone exists as well.
El Alternativo is a friendly backpacker hostel; it's a social but not party hostel. The highlights include the wonderful, colorful rooftop terrace with wall paintings and the amazing breakfast. It's a great value! If you go out at night, there is a night watch, and reception is available twenty-four hours a day.
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Published on 2016-06-03