Best Hostels in Medellin, Colombia

3 Best Hostels in Medellin, Colombia – Safe and Luxurious Hostels to have a great time

Are you ready to be blown away by the 3 best hostels in Medellin, Colombia? This city is a paradise for backpackers and digital nomads. For me, it was important to pick a safe hostel with some cool activities. And oh woooow, there are cool options, really.

In this guide I will be sharing my first-hand experience from Medellin. I visited all of these 3 hostels (and more!), and I added them all on a map so you can plan much easier.

The City of Eternal Spring is calling your name!

Your shortcuts:

  1. Los Patios Hostel5 Star Hostel for female solo travellers
  2. Rango Hostel Boutique – great for backpackers
  3. Medellin Vibes Hostel – best hostel for solo travellers

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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.

We also have a dedicated guide on the best hostels in Guatape if you’re planning on traveling around!

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Medellin. You won’t find any crappy hostels here; no way!

Why only 3 hostels? Because this is all you need. We vetted them all, no need to waster your time on any more research.

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Not only that but here you’ll discover the best party hostel in El poblado Medellin that offers fun and social vibes.

Perhaps you’re exploring other parts of Colombia, including the capital of Bogota? Check out our guide to the 3 best hostel in Bogota, and the best hostels in Cartagena.

In this article we cover

Quick Introduction to Medellin Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 7€ – 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 reading:

3 Best Hostels in Medellin, Colombia

It’s time to hit the sprawling streets and discover super cool hostels in Medellin.

  1. Los Patios Hostel
  2. Rango Hostel Boutique
  3. Medellin Vibes Hostel

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Medellin Vibes Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Los Patios Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Purple Monkey Hostel Medellin
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Los Patios Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Los Patios Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Rango Hostel Boutique
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Medellin Vibes Hostel

1. Los Patios Hostel (modern, eye-catching design)

Los Patios Hostel Medellin Colombia, is a brand new 2018 hostel offering upscale accommodation that integrates the culture and customs of Colombia.

It’s the one and only 5 Star Hostel in Medellin!

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
  • Hairdryers
  • Private balcony
  • We told you it was luxury!
Book Los Patios Suites Hostal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Guide

Los Patios Suites Hostal one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia
Los Patios Hostel

Los Patios Suites Hostal one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia Los Patios Suites Hostal one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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.

So what about the common areas? There are plenty, including:

  • Dedicated chill out spaces
  • Recreation area
  • Coworking room
  • Gym
  • 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 best choice for:

  • Female Solo Travellers
  • Couples
Book Los Patios Suites Hostal here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Guide

Los Patios Hostel is a beautiful design and 5 star hostel in Medellin, Colombia Los Patios Hostel is a beautiful design and 5 star hostel in Medellin, Colombia

Los Patios Hostel is a beautiful design and 5 star hostel in Medellin, Colombia

2. 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.

Book Rango Hostel Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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
  • Lockers

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 Medellin is the best hostel for:

  • Backpackers in Medellín
  • Digital Nomads
Book Rango Hostel Boutique here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

3. Medellin Vibes Hostel

Vibes, what vibes? At Medellin Vibes Hostel expect cosy, quiet and most certainly luxurious vibes. Oh yes!

I mean seriously, look at it! It’s hard to believe it’s a hostel and not a boutique hotel with the outstanding service and design.

It’s quite a big place offering an array of rooms.

From 4, 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms to female-only sized options. There is also 15 private rooms available, but good luck choosing one – they’re all amazing.

Medelling Vibes Hostel is one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

No matter what, you’ll have air-conditioning, a reading light and curtain.

What else?

  • Outside pool
  • Poolside bar selling cocktails
  • Communal kitchen
  • 24/7 reception
  • Free breakfast

Good to know: there is a maximum stay of 14 nights, so don’t get too comfortable.

Make sure you have a chat with the staff to find out about upcoming events and tours.

They know the area well and will be sure to help you with any questions!

The location is also top-notch. Situated in the El Poblado neighborhood, the metro station is just 500 metres away. Lleras Park, full of nightlife and bars etc, is also a short walking distance.

Medelling Vibes Hostel is one of the best hostel in Medellin for solo travellers

Book Medellin Vibes Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Medelling Vibes Hostel is one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Medelling Vibes Hostel is one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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 great recommendation for you!

It’s time to discover awesome graffiti and killer party vibes at Purple Monkey Hostel Medellin.

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.

Book Purple Monkey Hostel Medellin here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Purple Monkey Hostel one of the best party hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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…

But hang on a minute; there is another great hostel in Medellin for backpackers!

One of most popular, The Black Sheep Hostel Medellin, a great hostel that 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.

Book Black Sheep Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Black Sheep Hostel one of the best hostels in Medellin for solo travellers

Welcome to Kiwi Hostel Medellin. This modern but rustic hostel is perfect to hang out in the sunny city of Medellin.

Featuring roof terrace, pool for cooling and the coolest hammocks, this hostel has it all set up for you to have great Siestas.

Located in the heart of the party scene of city, El poblado and El Lleras, Kiwi Medellin also offers:

  • A 24-hour front desk
  • A shared kitchen
  • Free WiFi (great for digital nomads)
  • Tours for guests (great for socializing)
  • BBQ facilities
  •  A shared lounge

And, you can also play table tennis at the hostel.

Book Kiwi Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Wiki Hostel Medellin, Colombia. Wiki Hostel Medellin, Colombia.

What about the cheapest hostels in Medellin?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Medellin.

  1. Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Medellin
  2. add your dates
  3. Order the listings by price

Simple as that.

Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.

Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Medellin best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + 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.

FAQs

Here we share with you the most asked question:

What are the best hostels in Medellin?

The best hostels in Medellin, Colombia are in this guide, if we have to recommend any hostel at this beautiful city, we recommend to check out top 3:

What is the best hostel in Medellin for solo travellers?

For the best hostel for solo travellers, we recommend Los Patios Hostel Medellin.

This modern and eye-catching hostel offer social spaces and a range of rooms for solo female travellers.

Why for solo travellers?

That’s because they provide many of the luxury female stuff:

  • Vanity mirror
  • 2 bathrooms – yes two!
  • Plenty of clothing hooks
  • Hairdryers
  • Private balcony

Luxury, right!

What are the best hostels in Medellin, El Poblado?

If you are looking for the best hostel in El poblado is because you already know this is the best area to stay while visiting Medellin.

So, these three hostel we are recommending you in this guide are in El poblado but they are also close to the main park of this area which is El Parque Lleras.

Flights to Medellin?

Now that you know where to stay in Medellín is time to book your flights! Medellin is a popular starting point. You can find many cheap flights fom the US and Europe to Medellin directly. In our case, the flights were cheaper compared to flying into Bogotá. We have also seen direct flights to Cartagena de Indias.

We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Skyscanner

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Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Medellin guide.

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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

Safe travels,
The Hostelgeeks

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Best Hostels in Medellin, Colombia complete guide and overview for backpackers

Update: The Black Pine Hostel (previously #3) closed its doors for good. It is no longer possible to book this hostel. Below you find our now out-dated description of Black Pine Hostel.

Old #3: Black Pine Hostel

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.

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Black Pine Hostel one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

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