The City of Eternal Spring is calling your name!
Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, is nestled in a lush, tropical valley, and it’s a perfect mix of greenery and urban life.
It is known for several reasons one is to be the latest coolest spots for digital nomads.
And guess what? We’ve found some superb hostels ideal for backpackers and solo travellers exploring Medellin.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Medellin.
Not only that but here you’ll discover the best party hostels in Medellin that offer fun and social vibes.
Right now Medellin is not on the list for 5 Star Hostels.
In this article we cover
- Basics to know
- 3 Best Hostels in Cartagena
- coolest party hostels
- Best hostels for solo-travellers
- Hostel Map + Sights
- Flights to Medellin
Quick Introduction to Medellin Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 7€ up to 14€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Medellin Tax: Be aware that there is a 19% Value Added Tax in Medellin.
However! As a non-resident tourist, you should not have to pay this when staying at hostels. Show your passport at check in and remind the staff not to charge you.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Medellin
It’s time to hit the sprawling streets and discover super cool hostels in Medellin.
- Rango Hostel Boutique (great for backpackers)
- Los Patios Suites Hostal (top pick for female solo travellers)
- Black Pine Hostel (best hostel for solo travellers)
1. Rango Hostel Boutique (an Instagrammers paradise)
Let’s take a visit to the Rango family over at the Rango Hostel Boutique; an experience that is better lived than told.
Rango is: when you arrive and you feel like you’re in your own home, only even better.
This stylish boutique hostel in Medellín brings together hotel comfort with a social hostel dynamic.
The rooms on offer include 4-6 bed dorms, private twin and double rooms.
Pay a little extra for a dorm room and enjoy the luxury of an en-suite bathroom.
Whichever you choose all of the following is equipped:
- TV w/ HDMI – watch a movie in your room!
- Mini fridge
- Linen + towel
- Power sockets
- Reading light
The design focuses on natural light and local materials – the beds looks super duper sturdy so no more rattling bunks!
If you fancy lounging around the all day the free coffee will gladly keep you company.
Just make sure you rise in time for the free breakfast which is so much more than the standard toast and cereal option.
Possibly the best thing about Rango is the restaurant downstairs.
Grab some hot food and a refreshing cocktail to kick-start your evening.
This space is also perfect for those seeking a motivating place to catch up on remote work.
Actually, you have a choice; restaurant or rooftop. We know; it’s a tough one!
The friendly staff is always organising different activities at the hostel so make sure you ask what’s happening whilst you’re there.
Rango Hostel Boutique is at the top of a hill on Calle 8, not far from El Pablado.
Rango Hostel Boutique is the best hostel in Medellin for:
- Backpackers in Medellín
- Digital Nomads
2. Los Patios Suites Hostal (modern, eye-catching design)
Los Patios Suites Hostal Medellin Colombia, is a brand new 2018 hostel offering upscale accommodation that integrates the culture and customs of Colombia.
The social spaces and range of rooms here make this a wonderful choice for many traveller types.
Though we’d highly recommend it for solo female travellers in particular.
That’s because (you guessed it) there’s a luxury female only dorm option which includes:
- Vanity mirror
- 2 bathrooms – yes two!
- Plenty of clothing hooks
- Private balcony
We told you it was luxury!
If you’re not a solo lady, you can choose from a 4, 6 and 8-bed dorm or one of the 19 private deluxe suites.
Note: there is no breakfast included at this hostel.
Nevertheless, there are enough places near the hostel where you could grab the best breakfast in Medellin.
You also have always the option of going to the huge supermarket Exito (nearby) and buy your breakfast.
By the way, this is a sister hostel to Los Patios Hostal Boutique which is situated just across the road.
If you stay here you’ll have access to all of the facilities over there too!
So what about the common areas? There are plenty, including:
- Dedicated chill out spaces
- Recreation area
- Coworking room
- Rooftop bar
- Top of the line kitchen
Ask the friendly staff about in-house activities and possible tours, too.
Don’t worry about arriving during unsociable hours as the reception is open 24/7 and there is no curfew – win!
Just so you know: there is a maximum stay of 14 days so try not to get TOO comfortable.
Awesome nightlife, art galleries, shops and restaurants are all within a two block walking distance from the hostel.
Los Patios Suites Hostal is the best hostel in Medellin for:
- Female solo travellers
3. Black Pine Hostel (built for socialising)
Last but not least we welcome you to the cosy Black Pine Hostel that has an enticing cafe right next door.
This quaint building is located in a quiet residential area and has a real homely feel to it.
It’s a lovely choice for solo travellers seeking social time and the rooms really help kick-start conversation.
Dorms come with 5, 6 or 7 beds and they are all curtain free.
Each bed comes with a socket and linen and the basic, yet comfortable design will encourage you to spend more time in the common areas.
Make new friends in the outdoor areas or grab a coffee in the open planned cafe.
Psst! On Fridays happy hour at the cafe is from 5-7pm and it’s 2 for 1 on national beers.
There is a basic breakfast included every morning and a fully fitted kitchen for those looking to cook up a storm in the evening.
The staff here has been described as sweet – much like the cakes for sale next door!
A couple of other perks:
- Reception is open 24/7
- Bicycle hire
- Check out is at 13:00 – how unusual is that?!
The nearest metro is a 10-minute walk, with the Pablado area – including nightlife and restaurants – just 15-minutes away. One of the best location to stay in Medellín for backpackers.
Black Pine Hostel is the best hostel in Medellin for:
- Solo travellers
Best Party Hostels in Medellin
Let’s be frank: you’re about to have your socks blown off by the Medellín party scene.
We have not one but two great recommendations for you!
First of all, it’s time to discover awesome graffiti and killer party vibes at Purple Monkey Hostel Medellin Colombia.
Here you’ll find the biggest rooftop bar in Medellín offering delicious cocktails and regular fun events.
The staff will help with tour bookings and everything else at the 24/7 reception.
Note: this is an over 18s only party hostel.
Wind down on banana-shaped beanbags, by devouring a free breakfast and using the reliable WiFi.
The Colombian party scene in Medellín is great, therefore we offer you a second hostel to party.
The Australian owned Paisa City Hostel is perfect for the experienced party hostel goer.
A few highlights of staying here include:
- Pool table, Ping Pong + X-Box 360
- Salsa lessons
- Free welcome drink
The bar is open 24/7, can you believe!
A perfect place to kick-start your night before heading to the famous 70 street full of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Best Hostels in Medellin for Solo Travellers
It’s important to recognise that there are different types of solo travellers such as female, backpackers and digital nomads.
This is why we’ve put together this handy list of the best hostels for Solo travellers in Medellin.
So far we’ve already covered the…
- Best hostel in Medellin for female solo travellers: Los Patios Suites Hostal
- Best hostel digital nomads in Medellín: Rango Hostel Boutique
- Best place to stay in Medellin for backpackers: Rango Hostel Boutique
But hang on a minute; there is another great hostel in Medellin for backpackers!
One of Medellin’s most popular hostels, Black Sheep Hostel, has been New Zealand/Colombian run for 13 years.
This friendly, homely hostel has spacious rooms at a budget-friendly price.
Thanks to the large kitchen and central location, backpackers needn’t spend a fortune whilst staying here.
Chill out on the balcony in a hammock, or wind down with a movie in the TV room.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Medellin. We know, it’s a pity.
You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of the Best Medellin Hostels + TOP Sights
Now comes the handy bit; placing your chosen hostel on a map!
We’ve gone to the trouble of pinpointing all of the hostels PLUS the coolest places to visit in Medellin on a map for you.
The top sights include:
- Arvi Park
- Antioquia Museum
- Botanical Garden Medellin
- Explora Park
- Barefoot Park
- Medellin Modern Art Museum
- Plaza Botero
- Santa Fe Zoo
- North Park
Visting the Botanical garden is one of the best free things to do in Medellin.
If you’re looking to get out of the city, consider a Full Day Tour to Guatape.
Do something different and join a Pablo Escobar Tour – who doesn’t want to learn about a famous drug lord of Colombia?!
Good to know: The topic of Escobar is quite sensitive. Please do not run around, quoting from the “Narco” series, thinking you know what happened. Remember, that TV Show is not accurate.
Flights to Medellin?
Now that you know where to stay in Medellín is time to book your flights!
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over South America including Medellin and Cartagena.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Epic Hostels in South America
You know what, we gave written even more guides for you.
We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.
For more cool hostel guides around South America, check out:
As well as if you are backpacking Medellín, Colombia, or backpacking the world you will find all our hostel and recommendations here.
Over to you
So here you go, we just showed you the 3 best hostels in Medellin, Colombia.
Do you have any questions or doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Medellin hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered and help your fellow travellers by improving this article.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries