With more and more backpackers coming to Medellín nowadays, a bunch of new Hostels have opened its doors over the past couple of years. Especially in El Poblado, which is where most tourists will stay at as it is one of the safest and most touristic neighbourhoods.
If you walk around El Poblado you can legit find a hostel in every corner. Therefore, it might be difficult to find a good hostel with so many places to choose from.
I spent a total of two and a half weeks in Medellín in which I stayed at five different hostels. All of them had good reviews so it is not like I stayed in a place that was bad, however, some were better than others.
But then again it always depends on what you are looking for in a hostel. So check out what I liked and didn’t like about these hostels so you can figure out for yourself where to stay in Medellín. Here are 5 Hostels to stay at in Medellín.
Rango Boutique Hostel
Cl. 8 #42-25, Medellín
Rango Boutique Hostel is located just a few metres away from Avenida El Poblado and about a 18 minute walk away from Poblado metro station. It’s a big hostel including a bar, a restaurant and a nice view on some sort of park. Breakfast is included.
+ Comfortable beds
+ Super pretty layout of the Hostel
+ Best Hostel Breakfast Buffet I’ve ever seen
+ Friendly staff
– The food at the restaurant was quite expensive and I would have preferred Colombian Food
Conclusion: Rango Boutique was probably my favourite Hostel in Medellín and I would 100% stay again. The breakfast was awesome, the location was great and it was such a unique Hostel experience. Not much of a party vibe so best for people who want to do sightseeing in the city. The hostel usually books out so make sure to reserve in advance!
Cra. 36 #10-49, Medellín
Tiger Hostel is located more up the hill in El Poblado and therefore a little bit further away from the metro station (about 23 minutes) but therefore just a few minutes away from the party area (Parque Lleras). A simple breakfast is included and there is a small bar.
+ The hostel was a little smaller so felt more social
+ Good for partying, it’s nice when everyone pre drinks in the outside area
– Was pretty empty during weekdays (I had an 8-bed dorm by myself for two days)
– Beds were quite uncomfortable
Conclusion: I might stay again but didn’t really had the best time there. The staff was friendly but the people who were staying there weren’t really my cup of tea. But I was probably just unlucky. I would not recommend it if you prefer going to bed earlier.
Garden of Blues Hostel
Cra. 34 #7-46, Medellín
The hostel is even further up the hill than Tiger hostel about a 27 minute walk to the station but therefore close to the party areas as well as a bunch of nice restaurants in the area. Breakfast is included which is different every day. As the name suggests the hostel includes a bunch of plants and flowers as decoration.
+ The Hostel is really nicely decorated
+ Staff was super friendly
+ The doors to the dorms actually had locks which a lot of Hostels in Colombia do not
+ The beds are super comfortable
– The showers were freezing cold even though it said hot water
– The Wifi didn’t really reach the room
– Not too social, it would have been nice if the hostel would offer some activities to bring people together
Conclusion: Nice place I would definitely stay again but mostly if I would for example take Spanish classes or something like that and would be looking for a more quiet place.
Cra. 43e #11 – 40, Medellín
Los Patios Hostel is quite famous among the Medellín Hostels and on most occasions booked out. It is a huge Hostel consisting of two buildings opposite each other. It is located around a five-minute walk away from the Exito supermarket and about 7 minutes to the El Poblado Metro station.
+ Awesome Rooftop bar with a great view of Medellín
+ Lots of co-working spaces (good place for digital nomads)
+ Huge lockers where you can lock all your luggage before checking in
+ Nice tours such as the evening bike tour or a walking tour
– There is no breakfast which is unusual for a Medellín hostel
– The hostel is super big so it is not really social (not the best place for solo travelers)
– In the Los Patios Suites building there are not enough bathrooms (only one in the rooms) so in the mornings I had to regularly go to the other building just to brush my teeth.
Conclusion: Great place especially if you are traveling in a group! I would stay again but it wouldn’t be my first choice as a solo traveler just because it does not feel social enough.
Purple Monkey Hostel
Calle 12 #43D-94, Medellín
And the last out of 5 hostels to stay at in Medellín is Purple Monkey hostel. This hostel is located just around the corner basically from Los Patios and everything is purple which is quite cool. It’s quite easy to spot as there is a huge purple monkey on the outside of the entrance.
+ Cheap drinks
+ Nice bar area and easy to socialise (good for solo travellers)
+ You can bring guests inside the hostel during the day to chill at the bar area
– The lockers under the bed didn’t really feel so secure (you could open them like 5cm while locked)
Conclusion: Great place for people who either want to party or go sightseeing. I would definitely stay again as it had a bit of everything.
Out of the five hostels I believe Purple Monkey would be my first choice when returning to Medellín. Mostly, because it was small enough to be social, had great facilities and it is catered for both party and adventure people.
Rango Boutique however was my favourite when it comes to the facilities and the breakfast but it did not feel as social which for me as a solo traveler is the most important criterium. Los Patios has the best rooftop bar but considering that it does not offer breakfast like all the others, it is a bit more pricey.
It wasn’t too social and there where too many groups for my preferences but would say it would be the best option out of the five for people traveling in larger groups.
And those where 5 hostels to stay at in Medellín. Have you stayed in any of these hostels? Or have you been to Medellín and stayed at a different place? How was that?
Talk to you soon x
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