Hostels in Medellin
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Apr 23, 2013 4:25 PM Last Post By: katefollington
Mar 20, 2013 7:59 PM
Hostels in MedellinHey all,
Coming to Medellin for four months beginning May 1. While I search for an apartment I'm going to need to stay in a hostel. Just trying to ask the community which hostel(s) you liked. I heard Tiger Paw was really good, but open to other options as well. If you can remember their nightly rates as well that would be great. Thanks!
Mar 20, 2013 8:02 PM
1check reviews on hostelworld, hostelbookers, tripadvisor - usually fairly accurate. We personally stayed at Palm Tree and thought it was very good - not a party hostel but plenty of common areas so easy to meet people. Close to subway. Not in same area as most other hostels. A double room is 60,000 - can sometimes get discount for longer stay
Mar 20, 2013 9:23 PM
2Ditto what #1 said, the websites mentioned above are a useful tool for checking rates, location and availability. However, I would recommend trying to make reservations with the hostel directly; most of the above sites have a surcharge.
Haven't stayed at the Tiger Paw, but I know a few people that have. From what I understand, it leans more towards the rumba atmosphere. if that's your thing, then you will probably enjoy yourself.
From a personal standpoint, I would recommend these two places:
The Wandering Paisa is located of the 70th and walks a pretty good line between the party and chill atmosphere.
The Secret Buddha is located a bit further afield, but is a ridiculously nice place. The dude who owns the hostel literally spared no expense. He also has an Urban Buddha located in the Laureles area. Haven't stayed there, but if it's anything like the Secret Buddha hostel, then it's probably legit as well.
Mar 21, 2013 10:59 AM
3Secret Buddha Hostel is very nice, but for a room just for me I needed to pay for two people, very expensive. Nice terrace.
GEO Hostel looks nice, has a terrace too but you need to book in advance. I haven't been lucky.
Staying at Saman Hostel now, very decent, great location, really nice and helpful staff. I'm also looking for an apartment. From experience, I recommend walking around and talking to the security guys on the door for buildings you like. They are helpful and always know if something is available. They also know the numbers for agencies that i) are based on locations that are not obvious and ii) not targetting just foreigners with inflated prices.
Mar 21, 2013 11:24 AM
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Mar 21, 2013 1:12 PM
To be honest I'm not sure that it's a so good idea.
Not because the hostels are not good but because with so much people, it's sometimes much noisy.
Maybe you will think I'm old but when I stayed in Medellin last year (November 2012) some people have no education at all and have no respect for other travellers.
I stayed in a well-know hostel.
Mar 22, 2013 7:03 AM
7It's fair to mention that, while it was a very rare event, Tiger's Paw had an ugly robbery last year (you can find info by searching). This isn't the Poblado hostel where the tourist was shot dead, though – that was Tamarindo.
I still know people who have enjoyed TP and wouldn't recommend against it... but if you're not set on Poblado, keep Wandering Paisa in mind too as it's in another area and always gets rave reviews. Secret and Urban Buddha mentioned above are new one to me but also sound very much worth checking into... La Estrella is a bit out there but is also upper-classish while being lot more peaceful and gringo-free than Poblado.
Finally keep in mind that there are plenty of hotels where you can get a single room and much higher quality than what is offered to foreigners in hostels, you just need to check out other neighborhoods.
Mar 22, 2013 10:09 AM
Mar 22, 2013 10:25 AM
we had no problems in that department when we were there a couple of weeks ago and we have had that problem a couple of times around south america (highly annoying). We definitely had mosquitos while there.
I think it is a little unfair sometimes to criticise a place too much for having these critters as they are carried by the guests and so can happen to anyone (look at the problems NYC had). It is how the place deals with such problems - in our experience palm tree had the best quality beds and mattresses in colombia so maybe they have upgraded recently.
Mar 22, 2013 11:56 AM
10I was there 2 years ago and got biten by bed bugs there, at the Palm Tree Hostel. I was not the only one: al couple from Belgium also had bedbugs in their bed. The owner reacted awful: she didn't want to do anything.
I was again in Medellin nearby Metro Estadio 4 months last year until february this year and stayed at Medellin Hostel and met there a Japanese traveler who had the same experience at the Palm Tree days before.
And I stayed also this year at the Hostel Antiguo in the centre: a palace very beautiful but in a terrible hood with lots of brothels and people sleeping on street.
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Apr 23, 2013 4:25 PM
14I would recommend staying with Guadalupe at Casa Lupe while you're looking for an apartment, she has rooms with private bathroom, cooks great meals and it includes laundry, for the same price as a hostel.
Check Lupe out yourself. She's in Poblado. Her place is huge and comfortable. and about $20 bucks a night all inclusive.
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