Planning a trip to Colombia and heading to Medellin for a few days? We are often asked where to stay in Medellin. Whichever area you choose offers a different experience for visitors. Our initial visit to this city lasted three weeks, and two years later, we spend at least four months living and working here every year.
We’ve stayed in many Medellin hotels to give you a good overall representation of ideal spots and neighborhoods according to your needs and budget. Medellin has also become a popular location for digital nomads and those who do remote working and Spanish lessons, so we’ve made some considerations here if you plan to stay longer.
In this post, we share our preferred hotels in Medellin, especially our top picks for budget, mid-range, and luxury. Accommodations in Medellin are typically budget and mid-range, there are some luxury options, but they are limited. We have indicated some of these stays. We use Booking.com as the primary source to booking stays because it’s fast, efficient with ample locations to choose from.
Where to Stay in Medellin
The average pricing ranges of pricing for hotels in Medellin,Colombia are as follows: Hostels: Dorm Bed: US$10-$15; double private room: US$30-40, Budget Hotels: US$40-50, Midrange: US$60-70. Pricing will vary depending on the neighborhood and time of year you choose.
With Medellin tourism on the rise, more people are traveling here to explore the city. This is the most popular neighborhood for expats and foreigners because it is filled with western style restaurants, malls, cafes, and nightlife and most of the best hotels in Medellin Colombia are located here.
There are more options to stay here than anywhere else in the city. Due to the price of real estate and the influx of tourism, it is also a more expensive place to stay by Medellin standards; but by Western pricing, it is reasonable. Other areas near El Poblado with more of a neighborhood feel are Provenza and Manila.
Luxury> The Art Hotel
This is a beautifully decorated hotel, close to Parque Lleras and the Metro Medellin, with excellent restaurant, hearty breakfast, and comfortable beds. This hotel is quickly becoming considered as one of the best hotels in Medellin. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Mid-range> Las Rosas Boutique Hotel
Budget> Grand Hostel
This house that is transformed into a hostel creates a friendly, open atmosphere. Both private double rooms and dorm rooms are available, with a lovely back patio, shared kitchen. It is very close to El Poblado Metro Station. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
El Poblado is ideal for shopping as it has good western-style shopping malls where you can buy any brand you can imagine. Top malls include Santa Fé, El Tesoro, and Oviedo Mall.
Laureles – Estadio
This is a great neighborhood that is primarily a residential area. It is a quieter area, with more parks and quiet streets, and typical one-, two- and three-story attached homes converted into small guesthouses. The appeal of this area is the proximity to the University as well as to the Estadio Atansio Girardot – an impressive sports complex equipped with tennis courts, swimming pools and places to play basketball and volleyball.
Also, the two Medellin Colombian Football (soccer) teams- Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellin play in this stadium. You don’t want to miss watching Colombian culture at its finest, by watching a game here. Transportation in the city is reasonably priced (Uber and taxis), and the Medellin Metro is so accessible that it is so easy to travel to and from Laureles to any neighborhood.
Luxury > Inntu
It has clean, modern rooms, with great showers, good rooftop views, and equipped with a great spa. It has excellent location close to restaurants. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Mid-Range > Hotel Asturias
This place is a little gem. Nestled on a tree-lined street, the rooms are bright, clean and modern. Staff is excellent, and you feel all your needs are attended to. It is walking distance to the Stadium and Estadio Metro Station. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Budget> Ondas Hostel
This funky hostel on the border of Laureles and Floresta areas is a three-story building. On the bottom level is an excellent café with kitchen and seating areas while the dorm rooms are on the second floor. The third floor roof top patio is a popular spot for guests, expats, and foreigners living and working in the city. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor.
There are some great restaurants and bar areas in Laureles-Estadio including the street called La 70 (or La Setenta) and also Calle 33.
Belén is the neighborhood beside Laureles/Estadio where you will find lots of quiet streets with a local vibe and a more working class feel. It has several inexpensive accommodations. There are fewer options to stay in this area, yet there are some exciting selections.
Luxury> The LQ Hotel (La Quinta Belén)
This is a new hotel with all the modern conveniences and comfortable beds. It includes an excellent breakfast. Its location is in Avenida Las Palmas. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Mid-Range> Hotel Zona Verde
This hotel is run by a local family with a very comfortable and laid-back feel. The service is excellent and they have clean, new rooms and views of the city from the rooftop. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Who doesn’t want to stay in a place with a name like that? This is a favorite hostel for visitors, where the staff encourages creativity projects, and it’s a great place for collaborating and meeting people from all over the world. The dorm rooms are comfortable and clean. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor.
Medellin attractions include Pueblito Paisa, where you can hike up to the Cerro Nutibara hill and find a small Antioquian traditional town at the top of the hill. The views of Medellin alone are a great reason to hike up the summit.
Medellin has excellent access to parks and places to exercise. If the Paisa food is a little too heavy, you can visit the Unidad Deportiva de Belén sports complex, which is equipped with an outdoor gym, basketball, track and a pool.
Centro – Downtown-Candelaria
If you are looking to stay in the more central part of the city, there are some great options for you, with easy access to the cool neighborhoods – thanks to the Metro Medellin – near the stations of Cisneros, San Antonio, and Alpujarra.
Mid-range> Nutibara Hotel
It is one of the long-standing 70-year hotels in the area and is considered a reliable hotel in Medellin. This is a hotel that is good value for money, with western conveniences for a hotel. It has simple, tasteful rooms, and offers great breakfasts. It has great location with mid-range pricing and it is close to banks, restaurants and Medellin attractions. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Budget> Raiz Hostel
It is an accommodation with good value for money, with tastefully decorated, smaller rooms, lovely garden out back, and homey and friendly atmosphere. A good breakfast is included in the price. They have double rooms with shared or private bathroom and dorms available. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Budget> Hostel Antiguo
This gorgeous colonial home is a great find and the best hostel in Medellin. There is a shared kitchen, and bathrooms are kept immaculate. The owners truly make you feel at home with comfortable beds, and shared kitchen. Both private rooms and dorms are available. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
All these locations are close to the top Medellin attractions such as Parque Berrio, The Museum of Antioquia, Cisneros Square and the El Centro shopping district.
Envigado is technically a different city right beside Medellin. It is our personal favorite because of its small, local neighborhood feel and character. There are significantly fewer places to stay here, and no high-end type of accommodation. There are more Airbnb locations in Envigado than hotels.
Mid-Range> 20 Mission Co-Living Space
If you plan to take Spanish lessons, or if you are traveling or working in the city for a period, 20 mission offers bright, clean co-sharing apartments for guests. We loved this place as it was comfortable and friendly. They have a spacious living space, kitchen and balcony overlooking Envigado. Check the latest prices on Booking.com.
Budget> Coffee and Peace Hostel
Backpackers rave about this place because it’s high quality, and operated by a very friendly mother/son staff, with laid back atmosphere and great food. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor or Booking.com.
Budget> Colombia Immersion
It is a Spanish school with an alternate location in Envigado that offers rooms and a community of travelers who are also learning Spanish lessons during their time in Medellin. Check the latest prices on TripAdvisor.
Things to do in Envigado include the Cyclovia on Sundays where the main street around the Parque Central (central park) is closed off to traffic from 7am-1pm, and people can walk or rent a bike to travel all the way to El Poblado and Central Medellin. It’s an excellent way to see the city.
There are classic Colombian restaurants all over Envigado as well as western style cafes, ice cream shops and restaurants around Calle 30 (close to the border between Envigado and Medellin).
We hope you enjoy your stay in Medellin!
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