Where To Stay in Medellin & How To Find Your Ideal District

A comprehensive pros & cons analysis of the city’s best areas to quickly and easily decide where to stay in MedellĂ­n.

🛑 Stop doubting your choice of accommodation in Medellín. Start understanding the advantages and drawbacks of each Medellín neighborhood to find the best place to stay—insider tips guaranteed.

I have been a regular visitor to MedellĂ­n since 2015 and have experienced the vibe of all its main neighborhoods. Here’s a concise and insightful guide to help you choose the perfect area for your stay, tailored from firsthand experiences.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the vibrant Medellin nightlife you’ve heard so much about, are a salsa fan, or just want to enjoy a nice romantic dinner with a beautiful view of the city, I’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you’ll get if you read my guide c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y:

  • Learn the main difference between Medellin’s neighborhoods.
  • Find out the best district to have fun and where to stay if you want to save money.
  • For each area, I tell you my favorite places to have a drink, eat or dance.
  • My tips for not missing out on the best and avoiding the bad.

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My favorite places to stay in Medellin

Families
  • 4.6
  • Where:
    Poblado - Las Lomas
  • From 114$
  • Description:

    Loma Verde Aparthotel proposes stylish and very comfortable suites. Great amenities such as a pool, gym, sauna, nice staff, and fully equipped kitchens are perfect for a family stay. The modern residence is located at the top of a hill, with lovely views from the flat balcony.

First timers
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Poblado - Manila
  • From 61$
  • Description:

    This pretty boutique hotel, ideally close to restaurants and bars, offers cozy, stylish rooms and a shared kitchen and lounge. The friendly staff speaks English, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast is served on request. It's a perfect option for a couple's first stay in Medellin.

Budget
  • 4.7
  • Where:
    La América - Floresta
  • From 21$
  • Description:

    Perfectly located (metro, restaurants, bars, and shops), this small hostel offers simple but clean and functional accommodation with a shared kitchen. The very kind host enhances the friendly atmosphere. Perfect for budget travelers.

Splurging money
  • 4.7
  • Where:
    Poblado - Provenza
  • From 187$
  • Description:

    Very well located, this boutique hotel showcases exquisite details, lots of vegetation, and great, comfy rooms. The French owners place a strong emphasis on detail and quality of service. Patio del Mundo is a peaceful oasis in the city, ideal for exploring Medellin as a couple.

Nightlife
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Poblado - Parque Lleras
  • From 171$
  • Description:

    In the heart of the vibrant El Poblado neighborhood, the Marquee Hotel offers a stylish and luxurious design with spacious and comfortable rooms. The staff is friendly and professional. It's a perfect option for couples or friends looking to experience Medellin's famous nightlife.

Safe
  • 4.6
  • Where:
    Poblado - Manila
  • From 187$
  • Description:

    This hotel offers stylish, modern rooms with all facilities, free laundry service, restaurants, and a swimming pool with a jacuzzi. Conveniently located in peaceful surroundings, it's the ideal option for relaxing after a day exploring the city.

Local experience
  • 4.6
  • Where:
    Belen
  • From 40$
  • Description:

    There is a warm, family atmosphere in this guest house, run by caring hosts, and it is conveniently located. With a garden, basic but clean accommodation, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a home-cooked breakfast on request, it's ideal for couples looking for a local touch after a day's exploring.

Long term stay
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Belen
  • From 122$
  • Description:

    Gaming and chill-out spaces, an attractive rooftop with a pool and bar, everything here is designed to create social links in a friendly, elegant atmosphere. With spacious, stylishly decorated rooms and a business center with Wi-Fi, it is perfect for a stay that combines work, comfort, and conviviality.

Families
4.6
Where:
Poblado - Las Lomas
From 114$
Description:

Loma Verde Aparthotel proposes stylish and very comfortable suites. Great amenities such as a pool, gym, sauna, nice staff, and fully equipped kitchens are perfect for a family stay. The modern residence is located at the top of a hill, with lovely views from the flat balcony.

First timers
4.5
Where:
Poblado - Manila
From 61$
Description:

This pretty boutique hotel, ideally close to restaurants and bars, offers cozy, stylish rooms and a shared kitchen and lounge. The friendly staff speaks English, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast is served on request. It's a perfect option for a couple's first stay in Medellin.

Budget
4.7
Where:
La América - Floresta
From 21$
Description:

Perfectly located (metro, restaurants, bars, and shops), this small hostel offers simple but clean and functional accommodation with a shared kitchen. The very kind host enhances the friendly atmosphere. Perfect for budget travelers.

Splurging money
4.7
Where:
Poblado - Provenza
From 187$
Description:

Very well located, this boutique hotel showcases exquisite details, lots of vegetation, and great, comfy rooms. The French owners place a strong emphasis on detail and quality of service. Patio del Mundo is a peaceful oasis in the city, ideal for exploring Medellin as a couple.

Nightlife
4.5
Where:
Poblado - Parque Lleras
From 171$
Description:

In the heart of the vibrant El Poblado neighborhood, the Marquee Hotel offers a stylish and luxurious design with spacious and comfortable rooms. The staff is friendly and professional. It's a perfect option for couples or friends looking to experience Medellin's famous nightlife.

Safe
4.6
Where:
Poblado - Manila
From 187$
Description:

This hotel offers stylish, modern rooms with all facilities, free laundry service, restaurants, and a swimming pool with a jacuzzi. Conveniently located in peaceful surroundings, it's the ideal option for relaxing after a day exploring the city.

Local experience
4.6
Where:
Belen
From 40$
Description:

There is a warm, family atmosphere in this guest house, run by caring hosts, and it is conveniently located. With a garden, basic but clean accommodation, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a home-cooked breakfast on request, it's ideal for couples looking for a local touch after a day's exploring.

Long term stay
4.5
Where:
Belen
From 122$
Description:

Gaming and chill-out spaces, an attractive rooftop with a pool and bar, everything here is designed to create social links in a friendly, elegant atmosphere. With spacious, stylishly decorated rooms and a business center with Wi-Fi, it is perfect for a stay that combines work, comfort, and conviviality.

Where to stay in MedellĂ­n: The MAP

A map to help you locate the main neighborhoods of Medellin.

MedellĂ­n Districts

Perfect to compare Laureles Vs Poblado Vs Envigado Vs La Floresta Vs Belen.

Best Areas for First-Timers

Poblado, specifically La Provenza, for its mix of vibrant nightlife and cozy daytime charm, offering an easy introduction to MedellĂ­n’s lifestyle.

Or try Laureles if you feel a bit more adventurous. You’ll be closer to the main interesting sites (downtown and Comuna 13).

Best Areas for Families

Las Lomas and Manila in Poblado are a safe bet, praised for its tranquility, safety, and green landscapes, making it ideal for family stays.

But if you want a more local experience with your family, I recommend La Floresta.

Best Areas for Saving Money

Belen is known for being central, authentic, and more budget-friendly than Poblado and Laureles.

I also found Airbnbs in Envigado quite affordable.

Best Areas for Splurging Money

Poblado, especially upscale accommodations like Patio del Mundo in La Provenza, for luxury seekers wanting meticulous attention to detail and quality service. You’ll find plenty of delicious restaurants and rooftop bars.

Best Areas for Nightlife

Poblado, particularly La Provenza and Parque Lleras, for their unbeatable mix of bars, clubs, and vibrant street life.

Looking for something more local? Check out Primer & Segundo parque and la 70 in Laureles.

Best Areas for a Safe Stay

Envigado and Las Lomas in Poblado stand out for their safety, making them top choices for travelers prioritizing peace of mind.

Best Areas for a Local Experience

Laureles near Primer and Segundo Parque, Envigado, and La Floresta for their residential vibe, local eateries, and more affordable prices, offering a genuine slice of MedellĂ­n life.

Best Area for Long-Term Stay

Envigado, for its blend of tranquility, traditional charm, and reasonable living costs, makes it perfect for deeper immersion into the local culture.

Poblado Provenza Medellin

The trendiest street in Medellin, part of the neighborhood La Florida.

Why Staying in La Provenza

Why I Like It: La Provenza combines vibrant nightlife and cozy daytime charm.

Nestled uphill from the bustling Parque Poblado, La Provenza is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a refreshing contrast to the lively streets lined with bars, restaurants, and cafes.

The energy is infectious, carrying you effortlessly from daytime exploration to nighttime revelry.

Why I Don’t Like It: You’ve gotta go up the hill if you don’t want to be jolted out of bed by the musical vibrations of the clubs—yes, I speak from experience.

The area is trendy and caters significantly to tourists, which, while ensuring safety and a wide range of amenities, might detract from a more localized Colombian experience some travelers seek.

Best Places to Stay in La Provenza

Here are three accommodations in La Provenza, El Poblado, that I always recommend to my friends and families:

Upscale Hotel – Patio del Mundo: This boutique hotel is a haven amidst the lively district, offering a tranquil garden, exquisite rooms, and meticulous attention to detail. The focus on quality and service makes it my top pick for those looking for luxury.

Mid-Range Hotel – Lettera Hotel: Positioned on a quiet cul-de-sac, this hotel provides a peaceful retreat without sacrificing convenience. The rooms offer excellent soundproofing, ensuring a restful sleep. The buffet breakfast is extensive, and the staff’s friendliness stands out. The uphill location means it’s a quiet area yet still accessible.

Budget Hotel – Yolo Hostel: For a more laid-back, friendly atmosphere, Yolo Hostel is my recommendation. The spaces are designed for relaxation and socializing, with staff that make you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s place. It’s perfect for travelers on a budget who value a warm, welcoming environment.

La Provenza’s highlights

  • Sambombi BistrĂł: A haven for craft beers, exotic sodas, and global wines. Think sharing plates with locally sourced yum.
  • Party Scene: Provenza Street is your go-to for unforgettable nightlife. Dance, mingle, repeat.
  • La Chagra: Dive into a 12-course meal showcasing traditional indigenous flavors. It’s a culinary adventure that’ll challenge and delight your palate.
  • Betty’s Bowls: Discover this hidden gem for standout smoothies, açaĂ­ bowls, and more. Friendly staff and Instagram-worthy eats are included.

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Credit: Los Patios

A Medellin neighborhood with a good balance between action and relaxation.

Why Staying in Manila

Why I like it: I’ve always appreciated Manila’s charm within El Poblado for its blend of traditional neighborhood vibes and modern conveniences.

The district is notably quieter than other parts of El Poblado, making it a great pick for travelers seeking a more relaxed atmosphere. Flat streets offer an accessible stroll devoid of the steep climbs encountered elsewhere in El Poblado. And you’ll be close to the metro station!

Plus, being a 15-minute walk away from the bustling Parque Lleras (25 minutes from La Provenza) provides the perfect balance of tranquility and nightlife within easy reach.

Why I don’t like it: However, it’s important to note that El Poblado, including Manila, could lean towards the pricier side of MedellĂ­n’s accommodations and dining.

Best Places to Stay in Manila

Here are three accommodations in Manila, El Poblado, which I find stand out due to their unique offerings:

Upscale Hotel: Landmark – Featuring fully renovated rooms, the hotel boasts facilities like an unconventional ‘dungeon’ gym and a rooftop pool. Suites come equipped not only with luxurious bathrooms but innovations such as kings stacked with unique bed arrangements.

Mid-Range: Botánica Casa Hotel – This boutique hostel charms with individually themed rooms and a complimentary breakfast worth waking up for. It provides both indoor and outdoor communal spaces, embracing a friendly and intimate atmosphere. Perfectly located, it acts as a bridge between the Parque Poblado and Manila.

Budget Hotel: ADN Hotel – Recognized for its accommodating staff, this hotel doesn’t skimp on amenities despite its label. Offering the best breakfast I’ve encountered in a hostel, its laid-back vibe is complemented by a 24-hour reception and a prime spot that balances vibrancy and peace.

La Manila’s highlights

  • Gabo.mde: An exceptional themed dining experience in El Poblado, MedellĂ­n, celebrating the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Top-notch taste and presentation get a solid 5/5.
  • Rooftop Los Patios: The go-to spot for evening drinks and activities, offering an elevated experience with stunning views.
Masaya Medellin Cocktail (1)

A once-upon-a-time trendy neighborhood and a neighborhood on the rise.

Why Staying in Parque Lleras and Parque Poblado

Why I like it: I appreciate the dynamic mixture of Colombian culture with an international flair, making it an enticing spot for both locals and tourists.

There is something for every taste, from reggaeton and salsa to electronic music.

Why I don’t like it: However, it’s not all glitz and glamor.

The proximity to nightlife in Colombia means that noise can be an issue, especially in Parque Lleras. Also, the area’s popularity has led to a higher presence of working girls and drug dealers.

I’m never too comfortable walking around Parque Poblado at night (I often see strange people and the streets are dark), but there are more and more good restaurants and bars.

Best Places to Stay in Parque Lleras and Poblado

Here are three accommodations between Parque Lleras and Poblado that I like to include in my itineraries.

Upscale Hotel: Marquee Hotel MedellĂ­n -This spot offers excellent experiences with an attentive staff that goes above and beyond. The beautiful rooms and a great rooftop add to its charm. However, note that the music from the street might be loud at night.

Mid-range Hotel: Refugio del Jaguar -A gem that offers a unique blend of beauty, comfort, and exceptional service. The hotel’s dedication to providing a cozy atmosphere is evident through its thoughtful amenities, including hammocks and freshly cooked breakfast.

Budget Hotel: Poblado Park Guest House -For travelers seeking value without compromising quality, this guesthouse shines. The prime location, cleanliness, and helpful staff are its biggest draws, ensuring a restful stay near the lively areas.

Parque lleras and Parque Poblado Highlight’s

  • Rooftop Masaya: If you’re after breathtaking views and lively events, this rooftop is the place to be. The affordable cocktails and weekly salsa nights make it a must-visit.
  • El Ciel Gourmet Restaurant: A top favorite for its perfect infusion of Colombian flavors in every dish. Their tasting menu with wine pairing is a must-try.
  • Restaurante Abbiocco: Features indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend the beef tartare with truffles and the seafood pasta.
  • SalĂłn Amador: Known as the most famous club for electro music.
  • Envy Rooftop: Ideal for a fancy evening out or a Sunday brunch, offering great city views.

The quietest neighborhood in Poblado.

Why Staying in Las Lomas

Why I like it: I’m all for the vibrant energy of city life, but there’s something about the tranquility and safety of these neighborhoods that appeals directly to my longing for a serene retreat without straying too far from the urban hustle.

The area’s lush, green landscapes and its reputation for privacy make it an ideal choice for families or travelers like me seeking a connection with nature without compromising on convenience or security.

Why I don’t like it: The hilly terrain can be challenging for those with mobility issues or travelers not fond of long walks. Additionally, the tranquility means fewer immediate nightlife and dining options

Best Places to Stay in Las Lomas

Upscale apartment: Loma Verde Apartahotel – I loved my stay there. The breathtaking views you can enjoy while taking a dip in the pool are just the cherry on top. The apartments are well-appointed with everything you might need for a comfortable stay, and the staff’s hospitality, down to the thoughtful touch of gifting chocolate upon departure, really sets it apart.

Barrio-Laureles-Estadio-Medellin
Credit: Philipp Alexander

A neighborhood similar to La Provenza but with more Paisas—inhabitants from Medellin.

Why Staying near Primer and Segundo Parque

Why I like it: I’m drawn to its residential vibe, making it an excellent choice for digital nomads like myself looking for a blend of comfort and connectivity. The area thrives with lush, green surroundings, and the wide, tree-lined streets invite leisurely strolls, an aspect I deeply appreciate. And it’s flat!

One can’t ignore the wonderful array of restaurants and cozy bars. Having a meal or a drink here feels safe, and the prices are more affordable than in Poblado.

Why I don’t like it: The distance from the metro, a 30-minute walk, can feel inconvenient. Plus, the area boasts fewer accommodation options, especially good hotels.

Best Places to Stay in Laureles

Here are three accommodations near Primer and Segundo Parque that I like to include in my itineraries.

Upscale hotel: Inntu Hotel: Inntu caught my attention with its sleek design and comprehensive amenities, including a sauna and Turkish bath. The spacious rooms offer comfort that’s hard to beat in Laureles.

Mid-Range Hotel: Living by Armoniko I found peace in the room’s ambiance and the balcony’s charm. However, the noise from the restaurant above was a challenge. That said, the presence of a fantastic Peruvian restaurant and beer garden within the building somewhat makes up for this.

Budget Hotel: Hostal Boutique Casa Mosaiko This place is a gem, offering a spacious double room that became my makeshift office. The balcony and winter garden are perfect for work, but the interruption from nearby blasting music on Wednesdays and Saturdays and the lack of AC were downsides.

Some highlights

  • La Cave By LG: An amazing authentic French restaurant offering a selection of salami, cheese, and wines. Exceptional service with Betty as a top-notch waitress.
  • Game Over Resto Bar: A unique spot to eat and play video games.
  • GalerĂ­a LaFond: A newly opened, exciting retro-style creative space in an old Colombian house in Laureles.
  • Cafe Rituales: Offers delicious coffee from La Sierra and provides a cool ambiance for working online.

A crazy, noisy, fun street.

Why Staying near la 70

Why I like it: La 70 Street epitomizes the electric vibe of Medellin. It’s a hub of local culture and nightlife, buzzing with people until the early hours. You can also find budget-friendly restaurants. The proximity to the Estadio metro station is a game-changer, making moving around Medellin remarkably easy.

Why I Don’t Like It: The district’s boisterous spirit, while one of its charms, can also translate into noise at almost all hours. For travelers seeking peace and quiet, this might pose an issue. Find a hotel in a parallel street and not on La 70!

Best Places to Stay Near La 70

Here are three accommodations I like in this area of Laureles.

Upscale hotel: Factory Loft – An excellent choice with large, decorative windows offering beautiful city views. It has a cool rooftop and a small pool, but do note—you might still catch the echoes of La 70.

Mid-Range hotel: The Somos Flats Laureles – Perfectly located, a 5-minute walk places you right amidst the vivacity of La 70. It’s similar to Factory Loft but cheaper.

Budget hotel: Apartahotel Avanti It’s incredibly clean and central, and the staff’s hospitality is top-notch.

Laureles Highlights

  • Dance Salsa at Tibiri: Nothing beats swaying to salsa in Colombia, and Tibiri on La 70 is just the place for it. Get ready to sweat.
  • Attend a soccer match at the Atanasio Girardot stadium. You’ll probably catch the 3rd half (i.e., the party) on La 70.
  • Naturalia CafĂ©: Perfect to grab a delicious and healthy lunch to ease your conscience after all the cocktails you drank on vacation.

The most family-friendly neighborhood in Medellin.

Why Staying in La Floresta

Why I like it: There’s something undeniably charming about La America, a district steeped in history and local flavor. Unlike the bustling tourist spots of Medellin, La America offers a slice of authentic Colombian life. Established in 1675, this area was once a village of country houses.

Today, it’s a bustling residential zone where some of the original clay homes still stand, offering a glimpse into its rich past.

You want to stay not too far from Parque La Floresta, a pleasant area near 2 metro stations.

Why I Don’t Like It: The area is a bit removed from the lively bars, clubs, and upscale restaurants that dot other parts of Medellin. The nightlife here is muted, and finding accommodation can be a bit of a challenge, given the fewer options available.

Best Places to Stay in La Floresta

In La Floresta, I can only recommend you 2 hotels. Don’t hesitate to check out Airbnb to get more options.

Upscale Hotel: Hotel Casa Esencia The rooms and bathrooms shine with cleanliness, and there’s a charming small garden for relaxation. The staff is outstanding, offering helpful recommendations. Note that bathrooms are private but external.

Budget Hotel: Hostel Metro Floresta It stands out not just for its affordability but for the community it fosters. With around 20 beds, it’s cozy enough to meet fellow travelers without feeling overcrowded.

Floresta’s Highlights

  • Comuna 13: Hop on the metro to visit one of Medellin’s most visited spots—San Javier stop.
  • La Floresta Park: Take a stroll there to observe the locals while eating a hamburger from Cocina Animal.
  • Cafe Torbellino: I love their pasta for lunch.
Belen-Medellin

Perfect to save a few bucks.

Why Staying in Belen

Why I like it: Belen, or Comuna 16, offers a genuine slice of Colombian life. I’m drawn to Belen for its balancing act between the polish of El Poblado and the rawer edges of the city center. It’s central and authentic, making it an ideal spot for both short stays and longer explorations.

Why I don’t like it: The central yet predominantly residential area offers limited public transportation and attractions. There are also fewer good accommodation options (check out Airbnb for good deals), so it takes time to choose.

Best Places to Stay in Belen

Here is where I would stay in Belen.

Medium Range Hotel: Hotel Cool Living I’m impressed with its social atmosphere, designed to encourage interactions amongst travelers. Rooms are nicely decorated, and the rooftop bar offers stunning views.

Budget Hotel: Casa Egos Pop Laureles – True to its word, this hotel makes you feel at home. The WiFi’s strong is a plus for digital nomads. The kitchen’s clean and spacious. Note that not all rooms have a window.

Belen’s highlights

  • Pueblito Paisa: It offers panoramic views of Medellin, even if it’s a tad cheesy.
  • Vegarden El JardĂ­n de las Delicias: A haven for vegans and vegetarians alike. The food is delicious, and portions are generous.
Envigado District Medellin

Perfect for long stays.

Why Staying in ENVIGADO

Why I Like It: Envigado, a vibrant part of the MedellĂ­n metropolitan area, offers a unique charm that I find irresistibly inviting. It’s a place where tranquility meets tradition, creating a distinct vibe away from the city’s mainstream tourist paths.

I also found many excellent Airbnb for a reasonable price. You can find an apartment that feels like a country house, ideal for getting away from it all while still being close to the city.

It’s accessible by Metro.

Why I Don’t Like It: You might find it a bit far from Medellin’s main attractions and nightlife, making it less ideal if you’re after the city’s buzz. Also, if you’re looking for luxury stays, options here are more limited.

Best Places to Stay in Envigado

I recommend you book on Airbnb.

Envigado’s highlights

  • Parque El Solado: Perfect for a family nature hike. Locals gather here on Sundays for a sancocho—a big Colombian soup.
  • Tejo: A typical Colombian game with beers, explosions, and a puck thrown. Join a group with Tejo in Medellin.
  • Casa Museo Otraparte: Relax for an hour with a cup of coffee in this peaceful setting.
  • Buena Mesa: A street full of excellent bars and restaurants.
Envigado Christmas Navidad

Perfect for expats.

Why Staying in Sabaneta

Why I Like It: Sabaneta grabbed my attention for its close-knit community feel, nestled just south of Medellin. Unlike the bustling city vibes of El Poblado, Sabaneta offers a tranquil escape, making it ideal for long stays.

The area’s safety, paired with affordable living costs—significantly cheaper than Medellin’s more popular districts—provides a comfortable environment for anyone looking to dig deeper into the local lifestyle.

It’s accessible by Metro.

Why I Don’t Like It: Sabaneta is far removed from the dynamic heartbeat of Medellin’s more popular areas. Plus, be prepared for more rainfall here than in other areas of Medellin.

Best Places to Stay in SabanEta

Like in Envigado, I recommend you look for an apartment on Airbnb.

Sabaneta’s highlights

  • Buñuelos at El Peregrino: These gigantic, cheese-filled fritters are a must-try. El Peregrino, open for over 25 years, is the go-to spot for this local treat.
  • Parque Sabaneta: This bustling heart of the district is surrounded by casual sidewalk cafĂ©s and restaurants, perfect for people-watching and savoring street food.
  • La Romera Ecological Park: A two-hour hike from Parque Sabaneta, this park offers majestic valley views, a wide range of species, and various landscapes.
Centro-Downtown-Medellin

This is Medellin downtown.

Why Staying in La Candelaria

This area used to be very prosperous, but in times of drug lord Pablo Escobar and his terror squad, many people fled to other areas of the city, such as El Poblado, Envigado, or Itagui.

Nowadays, you don’t want to stay in La Candelaria at night. As soon as night falls, many suspicious individuals prowl the streets. And if they spot your tourist little face, they’ll probably come after you.

However, there are some interesting places to visit and underground bars (where you’d better take a cab).

La Candelaria’s Highlights

  • El Prado: An impressive colonial district that is a must-visit for any culture enthusiast—do it with a guide.
  • Antioquia Museum & Plaza Botero: Here, the works of the famous Colombian artist Botero are on full display.
  • La planta & 3 cordilleras: 2 cool places to drink beers and listen to music.

Q&A: Where to stay in Medellin

Medellin es una chimba

Here are the answers to the questions you may ask yourself when deciding where to stay in Medellin.

Which is the best area to stay in Medellin?

  • For me, it’s around Segundo Parque Laureles (Comuna Laureles, district Laureles).

What is the safest part of Medellin?

  • It’s usually where the wealthiest districts are. Still, you should always be careful at night if nobody is on the streets.
  • Comuna El Poblado, districts La Florida, Las Lomas 1 & 2, and El Tesoro are some of the safest places.
  • Comuna Laureles, district Laureles, is another nice and safe area.

How long should I stay in Medellin?

  • Two full days are enough to visit the city. Then, you can add several one-day trips, such as GuatapĂ©, Santa Fe de Antioquia, and Cerro Tusa.

Is Medellin a walkable city?

  • Some areas are, but you should always be careful at night even though it’s not the most dangerous city compared to others in the country.
  • I personally like walking in Laureles or Envigado.

How can I meet people?

  • Staying in a hostel is a great way to meet people. Los Patios Cool Living, with its friendly, social atmosphere, is a good option. You can also choose to stay in a guest house such as Casa Egos Pop Laureles, where you can interact with a local family.
  • Language exchanges are also a friendly way to meet locals and expatriates. What’s more, it’s a great way to improve your Spanish. Join a language exchange at La Galeria Lafond in Laureles on a Wednesday; you’ll love its vintage decor and arty vibe.

Moving around in Medellin

  • Taxis are inexpensive, and the metro train stop is an easy walk. The metro runs basically north-south with only one east-west connection. It can get crowded during rush hours, but it’s kept spotlessly clean by both users and authorities. The city bus system covers the entire city.
  • Bus routes and schedules are a bit tricky to understand, but you can always ask people.
  • I like the apps Cabify, Didi & Uber to move around Medellin.

Bottom Line: Where to stay in MedellĂ­n

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Choosing where to stay in Medellin boils down to what you’re looking for in your visit.

If you’re after a more local experience, Envigado and Sabaneta offer that cozy neighborhood feel with plenty of cafes and parks to explore.

If you want to enjoy Medellin nightlife, you should stay in Poblado, and if you prefer a quieter option, choose Laureles.

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