WHERE to stay in Medellin: Stop making mistakes

WHERE to stay in Medellin: Stop making mistakes

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With perfect weather, friendly Paisas (People living in Medellin), crazy nightlife and astonishing landscapes,  Medellin has everything to seduce the travelers. And for many, Medellin is considered as the best city of Colombia.

Do you plan to add it to your Colombia itinerary?

Probably. And I can’t agree more. Now, you have to decide where to stay in Medellin.

The city has more than 4 million inhabitants. There are districts with various vibes, and your experiences could be completely different depending on where you will stay.

To help you to make a decision, I’m going to explain to you how to choose a district according to your expectations. As a bonus, I will suggest to you our favorite Medellin accommodations.

  • Where to stay in Medellin
  • Poblado, Laureles, Belen, Envigado, Sabaneta – Which district is the best?
  • Where is the cheapest district? The party district?

 
Map Where to stay in Medellin

I) In Short, Best Hostels in Medellin

Best hostels in Poblado, Medellin

Best hostels in Laureles, Medellin

Best hostels in Belen, Medellin

II) The Different Districts Where You Can Stay In Medellin 

A] El Poblado, Medellin

Explor park in Medellin -E- Fotos593
Explorer park in Medellin
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Poblado is the most famous and wealthiest districts in Medellin. Foreigners love to hang out in the cozy cafes and delicious restaurants. At night, trendy clubs open their door to welcome well-known DJs and youth middle and high-class Colombians.

In my opinion, Poblado does not represent the real Colombia. Prices are a lot higher than anywhere else in the city, and there are too many fancy places. Moreover, it’s a little too “perfect.” Colombia’s soul is missing. Also, the metro station is a bit far from the center (20 min walking).

However, the strong presence of the police gives a nice feeling of safety, especially at night. And there are dozens of hostels which attract an import flux of backpackers all year long. It can be a morale booster if you’re feeling homesick.

Also, you can stay in Patio Bonito. It’s another district, close to the Metro station El Poblado. There are many parks and offices, and the area is a lot quieter than El Poblado.

Bonus: You’re near the bus terminal (Terminal Del Sur) to travel to Jardin and Jerico

Hostels and Hotels I recommend in El Poblado

 

1 - Casa Kiwi - $$ Big (+)

Casa Kiwi is a huge hostel in Medellin situated 20 min away from the Metro station Poblado. There are many facilities and common areas (rooftop, restaurant, pool, hammocks) that make it great if you’re already traveling with a group. However, it could be harder for socializing with other travelers because of its size.

The +++ | Casa Kiwi Hostel in Medellin

  • Facilities
  • Rooftop
  • Location

The – – – | Casa Kiwi Hostel in Medellin

  • Private rooms expensive
  • Big hostel
where to stay in Medellin - Casa Kiwi hostel
One of the many common areas in Casa Kiwi

2 - The Black Sheep - $$ Social (+)

The black sheep is a hostel in Medellin near the metro station El Poblado (10 min) where solo travelers love to hang out to drink a beer and share their meals. It’s a social place without being a party hostel (No bar), and it’s 15 min away from the party streets.

The +++ | The Black Sheep hostel in Medellin

  • Social vibes
  • Common areas
  • Quiet district
  • Near the subway station

The – – – | The Black Sheep Hostel in Medellin

  • Need a few more toilets
  • No Breakfast
Black sheep Where to stay in Medellin
The quiet area of the Black Sheep Hostel

3 - Happy Buddha - $$ Party Hostel (+)

Happy Buddha is the most famous hostel in Medellin for travelers who want to party hard before going out. They organize different events like a pub crawl every Wednesday, so you can quickly meet other drunk buddies. However, the staff is not very helpful, and the rooms/dorms need some serious improvement.

Don’t go to Happy Buddha if you look for a quiet and cozy place.

The +++ | Happy Buddha Hostel in Medellin

  • Social Place
  • Many Parties
  • Bar
  • Good wifi

The – – – | Happy Buddha Hostel in Medellin

  • Staff unfriendly
  • Gringolandia
  • Noisy
  • Worn down
Where to stay in Medellin Happy buddha

4 - The Garden Of Blues - $ Cheap (+)

The Garden of Blues is a heaven of peace in Poblado. There is a small courtyard with green plants and bunches. It’s a social place without being a party hostel. Moreover, you don’t hear the “Boum Boum” coming from Parque Lleras. And it’s cheap!

The +++ | The Garden of Blues Hostel in Medellin

  • Friendly staff
  • Quiet
  • Cheap hostel
  • Clean
Where to stay The Garden of Blues Medellin

5 - Los Patios - $$$ Upscale (+)

The hostel Boutique Los Patios is perfect for travelers who look for an Upscale hostel in Medellin. The facilities are fantastic, superb rooftop bar, and cozy dorms. You’ll have to walk 10-15 min to get to Parque Lleras, but you’re closer to the Metro.

The +++ | Los Patios Hostel in Medellin

  • Friendly staff
  • Location
  • Rooftop bar
  • Facilities

The — | Los Patios Hostel in Medellin

  • More expensive than usual hostels
Los Patios Hostel Where to stay in Medellin

6 - Epic Boutique Hotel - $$$ Friendly (+)

Epic Boutique Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel located in front of the Lleras Park (Party/trendy center of Poblado). The friendly vibe and the rooms will make your stay more than pleasant.

The +++ | Epic Boutique Hotel in Medellin

  • Friendly staff
  • Rooms
  • Location

The – – – | Epic Boutique Hotel in Medellin

  • Noisy streets
Epic boutique hotel Where to stay in Medellin

7 - Art Hotel - $$$ Rooftop bar (+)

Art Hotel is a trendy boutique hotel located in front of Lleras Park in Medellin. The decoration of the place is unique, and clients will appreciate the rooftop bar before going to the nightclubs around.

The +++ | Art Hotel In Medellin

  • Decoration
  • Location
  • Rooftop bar

The – – – | Art Hotel In Medellin

  • Noisy rooms because of the street
  • Some rooms don’t have windows
Art hotel where to stay in Medellin

8 - The Charlee Hotel - $$$$ Luxury (+)

The Charlee hotel is probably the best hotel in Medellin, located on Parque Lleras square. Everything will be perfect during your stay: Awesome beds, jacuzzi, rooftop bar with an amazing view, restaurants, friendly staff. It’s quite expensive, but it’s worth it if you look for an unforgettable stay in Medellin.

The +++ | The Charlee Hotel in Medellin

  • Location
  • Rooftop bar and restaurant
  • Staff
  • Services


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B] Where to stay in Laureles, Medellin

Medellin Stadium - Credit SL-Photography/ Shutterstock
Medellin Stadium | Credit SL-Photography / Shutterstock

Maybe you don’t like to be surrounded by gringos and bakeries offering French “Pain Au Chocolat.” Fortunately, there is more than one trendy district where to stay in Medellin.

Laureles is one of them.

Once you get out of the Metro Station El Estadio, you quickly feel the real Colombia vibe. Streets are less organized, and restaurants are offering menu del Dia (Menu of the day) for 3 $.

Also, Laureles is THE district if you want to party like a local. Forget the techno music. You will move your butt on romantic Bachata and Salsa songs. Or twerk on Reggaeton.

In each big city, the district party is called the Zona Rosa. In Medellin, the Zona Rosa is located on the Setenta avenue (70). There are many bars to drink with friends, giant speakers to feel the music beats and prices are a lot cheaper than in Poblado.

In my opinion, if you look for an authentic district where to stay in Medellin, you should think about Laureles.

Bonus: You’re near the bus terminal to take buses in the direction of Guatape and Santa Fe de Antioquia

1 - Wandering Paisa - $ Best hostel (+)

I fell in love with Wandering Paisa. It’s located 10 min away from the metro station and only a few meters from the 70th street. Inside, hammocks, big kitchen, courtyard, living room and a bar are perfect for socializing with other travelers. Moreover, they organize social events almost every night (Salsa, local students…). It’s THE perfect hostel for solo travelers in Medellin.

The +++ | Wandering Paisa Hostel in Medellin

  • Social
  • Cheap hostel
  • Location
  • Social Events

The – – -| Wandering Paisa Hostel in Medellin

  • Not a lot of space in the dorms
Wandering Paisa Where to stay in Medelllin


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C] Where to stay in Belen, Medellin

Belen is a middle-class worker district south of Laureles. The area is as safe than Poblado but a lot cheaper. Similar vibes than Laureles, It will seduce travelers who want to stay in Medellin for one month or two.

The Avenue 33 is a well-known street with lots of bars and good restaurants. It’s perfect for a fun and authentic night. Moreover, there are many big malls around to go out for watching a movie/ a play if you want to give your liver a break.

Unfortunately, there is no Metro station around Belen. But Taxis and Ubers are cheap in Colombia.

1 - International House Medellin - $$ Great WIFI (+)

International House Medellin is a cheap hostel in Belen. There is everything you need, especially for such a low price, but don’t expect to have a comfort and spacious dorm. It’s a great option for digital nomads because of their high-speed internet. 

The +++ | International House Medellin Hostel

  • Cheap hostel
  • Friendly Staff
  • Fast Internet

The – – – | International House Medellin Hostel

  • Small dorms
  • Location
Internation House Hostel Where to stay in Medellin

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D] Where to stay in Envigado, Medellin

Envigado is a trendy district in the South suburbs of Medellin. Backpackers and travelers don’t hang out there as you’re far from every tourist attractions and hostels.

However, Envigado has got the character of the small towns of Antioquia and seduces many expats looking for a peaceful and safe area. Lots of money are invested in public transports and services, upscale buildings and renovations. As a result, the demographic growth is exploding.

There are many tasty restaurants and fun nightlife. Moreover, Envigado is close to Sabaneta, another hotspot for partying.

III) In Which District Should You Stay In Medellin

There is not one single answer. It will depend on your travel personality, your expectations, and your next destinations.

Let’s find out the different reasons

 

A] Where to stay in Medellin if you want to learn Spanish

I recommend Laureles or Envigado (+)

To learn another language is one of the best memories you could bring back home. It’s not simple, it takes a lot of time and energy, but the reward is fantastic and timeless.

Many travelers decide to choose Medellin to start learning Spanish. Paisas speak clearly, without any particular accent. Furthermore, they are curious and ask lots of questions. It’s perfect for practicing after your Spanish Classes.

This is why I wouldn’t recommend Poblado (too many foreigners).

There are some excellent Spanish schools in Envigado and Laureles, like Colombia Immersion. I would have a slight preference for Laureles as it’s cheaper and closer to the tourist attractions.

B] Where to stay in Medellin if you only have 2-3 days to know everything about the city

I recommend Laureles (+)

You won’t do much in just 2-3 days. It’s preferable to be close to different activities.

In 2 days, you easily could:

  • Discover the graffiti in Comuna 13
  • Visit El Centro (the center) and Botero square – Maybe with a free walking tour?
  • Assist in a football game
  • Wander an afternoon in El Poblado

I would choose Laureles. It is near the different tourist attractions and the metro station.

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C] Where to stay in Medellin if you want to chill a few days

I recommend Manila in El Poblado (+)

Long-term travel can be exhausting. Sometimes, it’s nice to just rest in a cozy place, without doing nothing.

If you’re tired of traveling and want some rest, I would advise you to stay in Poblado, especially in Manila. The district will remind you home, and you can alternate between trendy cafes, healthy foods, and naps in the parks.

D] Where to stay in Medellin if you want to party hard

I recommend Laureles, Belen or El Poblado (+)

First, if you’re going to party hard, you should think about staying a few days in Bogota. There are many underground techno parties. You will love it – if you know where to go out.

In Medellin, all the clubs closed at 4. am.

If you want to party with locals on reggaeton, salsa, and bachata music, you have to stay in Laureles or Belen. There are many bars and clubs on the 33rd and 70th street.

If you can’t deal with Latin music anymore, you should stick around El Poblado.

Read our nightlife guide to find the best parties in Medellin

An insider guide after 5 months living in Medellin

E] Where to stay in Medellin for Cheap

I recommend Laureles or La Floresta (+)

If you travel on a shoestring, you have to avoid Envigado and El Poblado. The best is to stay in Laureles because:

  • There are cheap restaurants
  • You can use the Metro
  • Bars are cheap

F] Where to stay in Medellin if you’re a digital nomad

I recommend Laureles or Envigado (+)

There are different options for you.

If you’re in love with Colombia, you won’t appreciate El Poblado. It’s too much Western-style, and you won’t feel the Colombia vibe.

But you need to get high-speed internet. Fortunately, Medellin has the optical fiber, so you shouldn’t be too hard to find a correct place around Laureles.

And if you look for a peaceful stay, I would recommend Envigado.

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