A curated list of ten places to stay in El Poblado, from budget hostels, to mid-range and luxury hotels, and luxury Airbnbs
El Poblado, located in Comuna 14 is arguably one of the most popular areas for tourists to stay in Medellín since it has the highest concentration of hotels and hostels in the city. It is the wealthiest area in Medellín and is known for the number of foreigners and ex-pats who live here. Since Poblado has so many hotels, hostels, Airbnbs, etc.; I am narrowing this list down to ten accommodations, five hostels, four hotels, and one building for Airbnb at different price points. Keep in mind that there are a lot more hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs in Poblado than are on this list, this is a small sample of accommodations in Poblado. This list of recommendations is not meant to be comprehensive, I wrote it in such a way that if you are a person reading this who does not know me, you would ideally feel like you are reading a list of options for places to stay, given to you by a trusted friend.
You will notice that all of the places listed are no more than a 25-minute to 30-minute walk from the Poblado metro station and in reality, they are not all that far apart from one another. Once you are at the Poblado metro station get on a northbound train headed towards Niquía, you will not be far from El Centro, Parque Arví, etc. Keep in mind that I made sure to include notes about which places are more accessible if you have challenges going up and down stairs or if you are a wheelchair user. I did not include any information on rates since this information is variable and can change from week to week, month to month and year to year. Finally, all opinions expressed in this piece are solely mine, and they do not represent any of the hostels or hotels listed in this post since this post is not sponsored in any way.***
Black Sheep Hostel
Transversal 5A # 45-133, Patio Bonito, Medellín, Antioquia +57 (034) 311 1589
This hostel is more on the budget side since it is located in the more residential neighborhood of Patio Bonito, below Parque Poblado as opposed to the more expensive Zona Rosa, above Avenida Poblado, Carrera 43A. They have a kitchen for guests to use and it’s on a quiet residential street in Patio Bonito. This was recommended to me by another fellow on the Colombia Bilingüe program, and I stayed here my first week in Medellín when I was figuring out my housing situation. I liked it when I stayed there it was a good place for me to be at the time, the showers have great water pressure, and the private rooms have DirectTV. This hostel is the closest one on this list to the Poblado metro station, since it is 850 meters (0.5 mi), away from the metro. Therefore, it should take you between 10-15 minutes walking from the hostel to reach the Poblado metro station, which makes it easier to see the rest of the city and use public transportation. The staff is fine, and it’s a typical hostel, it does not have the amenities like the majority of the hostels have on this list, but it’s clean and quiet.
*I would recommend trying to pay for your bill in cash since they will charge you an additional fee if you pay with a credit or debit card*
Accessibility: I would not recommend staying if here if you have lots of stuff or have any mobility issues since there are have lots of stairs and they do not have an elevator. However, the private rooms are quiet and comfortable. I would recommend trying to avoid staying on the third floor as the rooms up there can get stuffy since they are not air-conditioned.
Carrera 36 #7-10, Medellín, Antioquia, +57 (034) 268-2668
Casa Kiwi was another hostel recommended to me by another fellow on the Colombia Bilingüe program. It is located above Parque Poblado in Provenza, which is a great neighborhood here Poblado. Provenza has lots of cafés, restaurants, hostels, boutiques, etc., and it is close to Parque Lleras and la Zona Rosa de Poblado where there is a lot of nightlife, as well as Parque de la Presidenta. It has free wifi, a rooftop terrace, and a plunge pool and I have only heard good things about it. Casa Kiwi is approximately a 20-25 minute walk from the nearest metro station, Poblado, which is 1.7 KM (a little over a mile) away from Casa Kiwi.
Accessibility: I would not recommend staying if here if you have lots of stuff or have any mobility issues since there are have lots of stairs and they do not have an elevator.
Hostel Rango Boutique
Calle 8 #42-25, Medellín, Antioquia, +57 (034) 480-3180
Hostel Rango Boutique is probably the coolest hostel I know of and one that I believe to be the most centrally/best located, given that it is a couple of blocks above Parque Poblado on Calle 8, adjacent to Parque de la Presidenta. It also is right next door to Café Zorba, which has excellent pizza for Medellín. Rango is maybe a three-minute walk from Parque Lleras, an area with an abundance of restaurants, bars, and nightlife. They have a rooftop patio, downstairs patio, with a restaurant and a bar, where they have large TVs if you ever want to watch sports and breakfast here is included. Every time I look at their website, they are always almost fully booked, so if you want to stay here, my advice would be to try to book some time in advance given its popularity. Everything at Rango is sourced locally and sustainably, and they have a cool bar and patio downstairs that faces onto the park. Rango is located 1.2 KM (0.75 mi) from the nearest metro station Poblado; it should take you approximately 20-25 minutes to reach the Poblado metro station, depending on how fast you are walking and the traffic.
If you can afford it, I would recommend staying at Rango, given its chill vibe, excellent location, and amenities. However, their private rooms, are definitely on the more expensive side for a hostel compared to what you would pay at Casa Kiwi or the Black Sheep for a private room. This leads me to wonder if it is worth it to pay around $240.000 COP or $80.00 USD with the current exchange rate at the time of writing this, is approximately $3.000 COP to $1 USD. Given how high Rango's prices are for a private room, considering you can get a private room with a private bathroom at the Blacksheep for around $95.000 COP or approximately $32 USD per night, it may be worth checking out the Hotel Sites. It is possible that the Hotel Sites’ prices might be similar or comparable to Rango's prices and you would get more for your money. You may spend $10-$30 USD more per night if you were staying at the Hotel Sites, as opposed to staying in a private room at Rango, but the Hotel Sites has a pool and more.
Accessibility: Since Rango is only two floors they only have stairs, they do not have an elevator. If you are able to go up and down some stairs, I would consider staying here.
Carrera 32D 9- 17, Medellín, +57 (034) 480-7250
Selina is an international hospitality network that prides itself on being “a haven for nomads, travelers, and explorers redefining what it means to travel, work, and explore,” offering a variety of accommodation to fit every traveler’s needs. Selina represents a new generation of international hospitality network in the Instagram era since they cater to backpackers, digital nomads. They pride themselves on offering unique, immersive and purposeful experiences. At the time of my writing this, they are in the midst of a massive expansion in Latin America, North America, and Europe. They are slated to open two more locations in Bogotá, in Chapinero, in December 2018 and another location, Parque de la 93 near Chicó Norte, in late January 2019. At this point in time (November 2018), they have a location in Medellín, one location in La Candelaria in Bogotá and a location in Cartagena.
Selina Medellín is a popular hostel located in a posh neighborhood near Provenza. They offer yoga and wellness classes, co-working spaces, a communal kitchen, restaurant and a bar with happy hour, networking events, dance parties on Thursday nights, tours, transportation and activities and more. They also offer daily and monthly co-working memberships for guests at Selina and people in Medellín, since you do not have to be a guest at Selina to get a co-working membership here. You can also buy a monthly yoga membership here even if you are not a guest staying at Selina.
Selina’s Medellín location is quite large, there are eight floors, and 92 rooms, making Selina, the largest hostel on this list. There are a variety of accommodations available for travelers, from backpackers on a shoestring budget, to families, and people looking for more high-end accommodation. Depending on your dates, needs, desires, and budgets, you can choose from the following shared dorm options: a 20-bed dorm, 18-bed dorm, 16-bed dorm, 10-bed dorm, 8-bed dorm, and 6-bed dorm. Their private room options range from single rooms with shared bathrooms, to standard rooms with shared and private bathrooms, family rooms that are two adjacent rooms with separate bathrooms, deluxe rooms, and Unique rooms (Selina’s most luxurious option). I have never stayed here, so I am unable to comment on what it is like to stay here, the rooms, service, etc. However, I have heard that Selina’s size makes it more difficult to meet people and make friends.
It is approximately a 5-7 minute walk from Provenza and la Zona Rosa de Poblado, the largest restaurant and nightlife zone in Medellín to Selina. It should take you approximately 7-11 minutes to walk from Selina to Parque Lleras, another important nightlife zone in Poblado. However, since Selina is located higher up on the one lomas (hills) here in Poblado, it will take you longer to walk to the Poblado metro station and reach the rest of Medellín from here. It should take you between 20-25 minutes walking from Selina to reach the Poblado metro station. However, if you are walking up to Selina from the Poblado metro station, you will be walking up a pretty steep hill, since Poblado is filled with hills, it will probably take you at least 25 minutes if you are walking uphill to reach Selina.
Accessibility: Selina has eight floors they have stairs and two elevators since I have not stayed at Selina, I cannot comment on how accessible the place is for wheelchair users.
Los Patios Hostal Boutique/Los Patios Suites Hostal
Carrera 43E #11 - 40, Medellín, +57 305 323-9897
This hostel, located in my old stomping grounds of Manila, has been highly recommended to me by at least two different people who I met staying there during November 2018 offers a boutique hostel option and the Suites option. The hostal and suites are two different buildings in the same location that are owned and operated by the same company, but they offer slightly different experiences.
Los Patios Hostal Boutique is the company’s first upscale hostel here in Medellín, and Los Patios Suites is their second upscale hostel in Medellín. Los Patios Suites represents “a complementary concept to our patio of hospitality services”. It is located in front of Los Patios Hostal Boutique and offers four, six, and eight-person dorms, and 19 private deluxe suites, which appear to be more luxurious than the private rooms at the Hostal Boutique. While the Hostal Boutique appears to only offer four, six, and eight-person dorms and private rooms. As a guest at the hostal boutique or the suites, you will have access to the amenities, activities, and services available for both buildings.
Manila is a great location for a hostel since it is a fun local neighborhood filled with good restaurants, boutiques and more. Manila is almost like a smaller, more local version of Provenza, without the nightclubs and the traffic. Between us, I prefer many of the restaurants in Manila to Provenza, since Manila is where la Calle de la Buena Mesa de Poblado is located (The Street of the Good Table). It is no more than a 15-minute walk to the Zona Rosa de Poblado, where you can find restaurants, boutiques, bars, nightclubs, and more.
The Poblado metro station is approximately a 7-10 minute walk from Los Patios. Moreover, it is a 5-minute walk from Éxito Poblado on Calle 10, which is the Colombian equivalent to Target, they have food, home goods, clothing, electronics, etc. If you want to be in a more local neighborhood, be closer to transit and other things, I would recommend that you consider staying here.
This place is known for its good vibes, to paraphrase what I was told recently, the vibe here is a happy medium between sociability and tranquility. It is not too quiet, nor too loud. Moreover, it is clean, well-decorated, the service is excellent, the showers are hot with great water pressure, and the rooms are nice. Interestingly enough, each floor has a different theme, which represents the different regions of Colombia. They have a rooftop bar, co-working space, gym, kitchen, bicycles, a recreation area, a Spanish Learning Center, lots of activities, tours, and more. Furthermore, this hostel boasts stellar reviews on sites such as HostelWorld, Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Hotels.com. However, this hostel is more expensive than other hostels on this list, such as Casa Kiwi or Black Sheep.
Even if you do not stay here at this hostel, I highly recommend that you make some time to visit Manila, and maybe have a meal or coffee there, since Manila is great and worth a visit. And if you enjoy visiting Manila or staying here, send me an email/DM or find a way to let me know how it went for you.
Accessibility: This hostel has both stairs and an elevator, so this would be a better place to stay if you have a lot of stuff, have limited mobility or trouble going up and/or downstairs.
Hotel Sites 45
Carrera 45 No. 5 – 15, Patio Bonito, Medellín, +57 (034) 605-0006
This boutique hotel located in Patio Bonito, below Parque Poblado, is probably one of my favorite hotels in Medellín, along with the Marriott. This hotel is also the place where my family always stays when they come to visit me here in Medellín, so I have stayed here on three occasions. The hotel has free wifi, a restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cinco Quince which is adjacent to the lobby, as well as a rooftop pool, quiet areas to read on each floor, library, a solarium, rooftop pool, fitness center, Jacuzzi, steam room and 12th floor BBQ terrace. Additionally, each room in the hotel has a smart TV, kitchenette with plates, glasses, utensils, mini fridge, and more, which I like. The rooms vary from the simple loft with a King bed, go for singles or couples, all the way to two bedroom apartment rooms, which can accommodate up to six people, which makes it a great value for families.
Moreover, since this hotel opened in 2013, everything is pretty new, really clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly, helpful, and professional. The security here is also good, and I would recommend this place for everyone including families. There is a rooftop pool and onsite laundry, and they will provide you with the detergent which makes it great if you here for a while or spill on stuff like I do.
This hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood next to a great coffee shop, Al Alma and right near an excellent bakery, Tomasa. The Hotel Sites is located 1 KM (0.6) away from the nearest metro station, Poblado, so it should take you between 10-15 minutes walking from the hotel to reach the metro. This hotel's proximity to the Poblado metro station makes it the most centrally located hotel on this list. It is located 750 meters (0.5 mi) from Éxito Poblado, Éxito is the Colombian equivalent of Target. You can also walk from here to the Zona Rosa de Poblado, where are a lot of restaurants, bars and nightlife are located or take an Uber or Taxi at night to get there. Overall it’s a great value at considering that the two bedroom apartment rooms, which can accommodate up to six people cost less than $200 USD per night when it is not Feria de las Flores (the first and second weeks of August) high season for Medellín. Breakfast here is included, the breakfast is adequate, it is not the best breakfast ever, but they do their best and have lots of fresh fruits.
*This hotel is a great value for anyone especially families with children or business travelers.*
Accessibility: This is a good place to stay if you have any mobility issues or are a wheelchair user since there is a ramp up to the lobby and there is an elevator, the only other spot which is as or is more accessible for wheelchair users on this is the Marriott.*
Diez Hotel Categoria Colombia
Calle 10 A Nº 34 - 11, Medellín Antioquia +57 (034) 448-1034
This modern hotel is well located, with close proximity to the Zona Rosa de Poblado, Provenza, and Parque Lleras, with nice, reasonably priced rooms. The hotel has 115 rooms and five suites, and each of the five floors represents a different region of Colombia, and each room is decorated with typical artisan pieces from its region of Colombia. The hotel has free wired and wireless internet, as well as 40 inch HD TVs with cable. The hotel has one restaurant, Bar Restaurant Diez, which is open 24 hours, a 24-hour co-working space, the Nirvana Spa, a gym and multiple pools. While I have never personally stayed here, I am unable to comment on what it is like to stay here and the service, I have visited the hotel and can attest that it is well decorated and stylish, well-located and clean, it is also has a lot of spaces for events, conferences, and weddings.
The building where the hotel is located also houses businesses, offices, at least one restaurant, a car rental agency and more. They also offer a variety of tours through the hotel, and the hotel is located within close proximity to malls, cinemas, restaurants, bars, boutiques and more. It is 450 meters (approximately 0.3 miles) away from Parque Lleras, so it should take you between five and seven minutes to walk to Parque Lleras. It is a five-minute walk from the Zona Rosa de Poblado since the Zona Rosa is 350 meters (approximately 0.2 miles) from the hotel. It is approximately a 20 to 25-minute walk to the Poblado metro station, since the Poblado metro station is 1.7 KM, a little over a mile from the hotel. This hotel for the location and for the price is a good deal.
Accessibility: This hotel was designed with disabled people in mind, there is an elevator, and there are rooms specially designed for wheelchair users.
Calle 9A No. 37-16, Medellín, +57 (034) 444-4968
The Charlee is one of the more expensive and luxurious hotels in Medellín and is located above Parque Poblado in front of Parque Lleras. It is known for its rooftop bar, the Envy Roof Top, which has a pool and great views of Medellín. The rooms here are gorgeous and luxurious. The hotel has two restaurants, Lucia and the Envy Roof Top. Lucia is an Italian steakhouse that is adjacent to the lobby and is open 365 days a year, and Envy Roof Top, is a bar/lounge located on the 17th and 18th floors of the hotel, which has sushi and other appetizers, certain Sundays, they also serve afternoon brunch at Envy Roof Top. However, the Envy Roof Top is not always open, since you can rent out the space for private events. Finally, there is the ULTRA WELLNESS CENTER, the Charlee's fitness center, which occupies the 14th-16th floors of the hotel, from what I have seen looks incredible, since here you can work out on the machines, take fitness classes with certified trainers and there is even an outdoor jacuzzi with space for 15 people. You can do all of these things all while enjoying great views of Medellín.
The Charlee is adjacent to Parque Lleras, which is a park surrounded by bars, restaurants, and clubs, so if you like to be out late and party, or if you are here for a bachelor party this is the place for you. The Charlee is NOT the place to stay if you have kids. Given that The Charlee is across from Parque Lleras, and that is where people like to go rumbear (party), you probably will be able to hear the noise from Parque Lleras at night if you are on a lower floor. Some of the rooms are allegedly sufficiently soundproofed, while others are not. If you decide to stay here, bring earplugs and try to get a room on a higher floor away from the noise. It is located right near the Zona Rosa de Poblado, which is above Avenida Poblado (Carrera 43A) and it is a short walk from Parque de la Presidenta on Calle 8. It is a 1.4 KM (0.9-mile walk), a 20-25 minute walk to the closest metro station, Poblado.
As I mentioned earlier, the Envy Rooftop, is a fun bar to visit, since it offers excellent views of the Medellín skyline, which makes it's a great place to take pictures for Instagram. There is also a retractable roof up there, so if it is raining, you will not get wet. However, the rooftop bar is expensive–think gringo prices for drinks, and if you ask for tap water in a glass, they will refuse to give that you, since they only sell water in plastic bottles. This tap water rule is ridiculous since this was not the case before August 2018. The drinking water in Medellín is clean and safe to drink, I drink it, and I have had no problems with the water here. While the ambiance for the rooftop bar is cool, their service leaves much to be desired. Heads up: they also will charge you extra for any extra person coming to your room, just to visit or have a drink with you, this happened to a friend of mine. She went to have a business meeting with her boss, who had a massage in their room earlier that day and he had to pay something ridiculous like $100 or $125 USD to have her come upstairs so they could have a work meeting. I have never heard of any other hotel in Medellín doing this to guests.
**Be warned, the areas near The Charlee, Parque Lleras, and the surrounding areas can be dicey at night, and you may encounter some unsavory characters in Parque Lleras and the surrounding areas at night. That being said, you should always be careful with your phone and other valuables, please use common sense when going out in Medellín during the day and night. Please use your common sense when going out at night in Medellín, especially in Parque Lleras, since I have heard stories of men going out to drink and meet women here, waking the next morning wherever they were staying, with no memory of what happened the previous night and having been robbed. While the police are trying to clean up Parque Lleras and the surrounding areas, be warned that there is sex work around Parque Lleras. However, if you are a masculine person you should not be surprised if you are a masculine person and are solicited by a sex worker walking around here at night.**
Accessibility: The entrance here is not that accessible for anyone who may be a wheelchair user or have challenges going up and downstairs since there is no ramp, there are only stairs.
Medellín Marriott Hotel
Calle 1a Sur #43a-83, Medellín, +57 (034) 444-3636
The Medellín Marriott is probably one of the more expensive hotels in Medellín, but it's a top-notch hotel, with service to match. When I visited a friend here who was here on business in Medellín a couple of times back in April, I liked it, the staff is professional, and the rooms are luxurious and comfortable. It's a huge hotel, and it feels like any other higher end Marriott, but I like how the rooms have streaming boxes for the TVs here you can log into your Netflix account, which is dope! The hotel has a spa, 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, and two restaurants, The Market, which offers eclectic food, and Nau, which is a lounge/sushi bar. The sashimi at Nau is great, and the room service here is actually good. If you are security conscious there is 24-hour security, always monitoring the perimeter and they also have bomb-sniffing dogs too. It is the only hotel I have ever seen in Colombia, which has dogs trained to detect explosives and such a large round-the-clock security presence.
The Marriott is located right off Avenida Poblado/Carrera 43A, in the Milla de Oro (Golden Mile) sector of Poblado, which is a superb location. However, the Milla de Oro sector of Poblado is an area that is known for the number of offices, is not known for its restaurants or nightlife. If you wanted to go to the Zona Rosa de Poblado or Parque Lleras, it would probably take you approximately 20 minutes to walk there. However, it's approximately a three-minute walk to Mercado del Río La Strada on Avenida Poblado, which is small gastronomy complex with restaurants, it's a spin-off of the original Mercado del Río, near the Industriales metro station which is adjacent to Bancolombia's headquarters. It is also a short (no more than 10 minute) walk to Centro Comercial Oviedo, which is an indoor/outdoor mall, that has a cinema, which plays movies in English and Spanish. It is also a 15-minute walk from Centro Comercial Santafé, a mall which is larger than Oviedo, that also has a cinema and is approximately a 15-minute walk from here. It is a 20-25 minute walk from the Marriott to the closest metro station, Poblado, which is located 1.6 KM (1.2 mi) away. I would recommend staying at the Marriott hotel over staying at The Charlee if you have the money and/or you are here for business or with family. The Medellín Marriott is safe, quiet, comfortable, and well appointed, subtly luxurious. Given it’s proximity to Avenida El Poblado/Carrera 43A, if you here on Sunday morning or a holiday, you are within great proximity to the Ciclovía on Avenida Poblado.
*Accessibility: This is a good place to stay if you have any mobility issues or are a wheelchair user since the lobby is flat and is accessible for wheelchair users.*
Energy Living Medellín
Cra 30 #10 - 225, Sector Las Lomas, El Poblado, Medellín Antioquia
Booking and seeing ALL of the Energy Living listings: https://www.airbnb.com.co/users/21145235/listings
Rentals/Property Manager: email@example.com, iMessage/WhatsApp: +57 312 769-8867
This distinctive building which makes up part of Poblado skyline is not a hotel or hostel; it was designed to be short-term rental apartments for visitors. However, some people who live here as well. The building features 71 studio, one and two bedroom apartments, ranging from 55 to 150 square meters (approximately 592 square feet to 1, 614 square feet). The 22nd-floor sky lounge has an infinity pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and a full gym, open exclusively to guests staying at Energy Living. These modern apartments, which are some of the most luxurious in Medellín are located in one of the poshest locations in Medellín, offer open-concept kitchens and sweeping 360-degree views of Medellín.
Energy Living is on the more expensive side for Airbnbs here in Medellín since it is a luxury option and given that you are in a posh location near Parque Comercial El Tesoro, one of Medellín’s fanciest malls. Having seen some of the more budget Airbnbs here, if you can spend more on accommodation, it can be worth to pay a little more and stay somewhere more luxurious. This place is much further away from things than I would want to be. I heard from a friend, who had a friend who lived there, that while Energy Living is a lovely building, it could get loud with a lot of visitors to Medellín staying there having parties.
This building is way up the hill from Avenida Poblado, and pretty far from the Poblado metro station, it is approximately a 2.3-2.8 KM walk (approximately 1.4-1.7 miles, depending on your route) to the Poblado metro station. So you might spend between 30-45 minutes walking to the Poblado metro station if you are walking uphill from the Poblado metro station to Energy Living or going downhill if you are walking from Energy Living to the Poblado metro station. It should take you between 15-25 minutes depending on if you are walking uphill or heading downhill to reach Parque Lleras. If you are walking to or from la Zona Rosa de Poblado from Energy Living, you this should take you between 15-25 minutes depending on if you are walking uphill towards Energy Living or heading downhill towards la Zona Rosa.
Given your location, you will enjoy stunning views of Medellín, but you will pay the price in that you are farther from transportation and other places. If you are staying here, you will need to be willing to walk a lot to get anywhere or take taxis or Ubers places. Energy Living is an excellent place to consider for those who want something more luxurious with great amenities, with stunning views of Medellín, and willing to pay more for this, who do not mind being farther away from the rest of Medellín. I will be honest; I do not believe this part of Poblado is well served by public transit and the rush hour traffic in this part of Poblado during the morning, late afternoon and evening can be horrendous.
Accessibility: Energy Living has 22 floors, and it has an elevator since I have never had the opportunity to visit, I am unable to comment on how accessible the entrance and the rest of the building are.
***While I initially wrote and published this blog post during August 2018, I took some time during November 2018, to do some necessary edits, do more research, and add some more places to my original list. With my edits and updates in November 2018, I went from only having three hostels and three hotels to having five hostels, four hotels, and one Airbnb/short-term rental building on this list. I did this since I did not feel my original blog post and list was sufficiently comprehensive.
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