Hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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Get to know Medellin (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Medellin. To help you make friends with Medellin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Medellin is also named and spelled Medellín - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.
 View of the valley and Medellín City

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Medellin hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Medellin hostels RayJ

FAQ about Medellin Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Medellin. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Medellin. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Medellin costs on average $9 for a dorm. A hostel in Medellin with private rooms costs on average $30. shows all 83 Hostels in Medellin. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 83 hostels in Medellin, Colombia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Medellin such as
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La Playa Hostel & Rooftop is the best rated hostel for partying in Medellin.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Medellin

Your Packing List for Medellin

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Medellin and Colombia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Medellin Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Medellin, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
83 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$30 Average private room price
$6 Cheapest hostel in Medellin
Bambú Glamping Ecolodge is the cheapest
19 Party hostels in Medellin
La Playa Hostel & Rooftop is the best rated
Most Medellin hostels are located in
El Poblado, Patio Bonito, Florida Nueva
6.3 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Guarne (14 Km / 8 mi.)
Girardota (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Caldas (20 Km / 12 mi.)
Rionegro (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Amaga (28 Km / 17 mi.)
Carmen de Viboral (32 Km / 20 mi.)

Travel Tips for Medellin - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Medellin. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Medellin. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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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