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.
Money-saving tip: Compare hostel prices with Hostelz.com. They compare prices from Hostelworld, Booking.com and others with 1 click.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Medellin
add your dates
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.
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.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
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.
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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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
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.