The 11 Best Hostels In Medellín, Colombia

View from Somos Rooftop
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If you’re planning on backpacking through Colombia, then a stop in Medellín is surely on the cards. The former murder capital of the world has reinvented itself over the last two decades and now offers a new and exciting experience for backpackers. 

With 65 hostels having at least an 8/10 rating on Hostelworld, making the choice on where to stay can be overwhelming. To save you hours of scrolling through reviews and with the help of our readers, we have collated the 11 best hostels in Medellín plus an honourable mention!

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The Best Hostels in Medellín, Colombia

1. The Somos

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $20USD. Privates $67USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

Located within the El Poblado neighbourhood of Medellín, calling The Somos a hostel might give you the wrong impression. Sure it has dorm rooms but these aren’t the hippy filled sweatboxes you’re imagining. The Somos provides hotel quality accommodation without being as hard on the purse strings!

With a mix of bare brickwork, industrial metal and tropical green foliage, The Somos is a treat for the eyes. The rooms are massive, well lit and spotlessly clean. Thanks to the excellent cleaning team, they will remain this way for the duration of your stay. Whether you choose the dorms or splurge on a private room, you can be sure you will get a good night’s sleep in what one traveller described as the “comfiest hostel beds ever.”

There is no communal kitchen but the Mosquito Cafe, located downstairs, serves excellent food at competitive prices. This is also where you will find your complimentary breakfast each morning. 

If you’d rather head out for lunch, there are plenty of other cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. The Somos can be quiet during the day when people are out exploring but in the evening, the rooftop bar is a great place to meet fellow backpackers. Don’t expect a wild night of partying though, The Somos is all about providing you with a comfortable, relaxing base from which to explore the city.

Somos Bar
The well stocked bar at The Somos will help keep the conversation flowing!

“The Somos Hostel fits right into the bustling area of Poblado in Medellin perfectly. It’s edgy and modern building makes you feel like you are in a hotel — Not a backpacker hostel!” – Debbie.

2. Happy Buddha Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $7USD. Privates $31USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Whilst it used to be THE party spot in Medellín, Happy Buddha Hostel has quietened down over the last year. Don’t get me wrong, on the right night, with the right crowd, the party spirit is still as strong as ever but with many of the surrounding bars and clubs offering equally cheap nights out, the frequency of these parties is not what it once was. Don’t let that put you off though, some of Medellín’s best clubs are located within a short distance of Happy Buddha Hostel so there is plenty of options for the hedonists among you!

The staff are known to be kind, attentive and speak excellent English. They can book tours for travellers, as well as arrange onward travel. If like me, you arrive in South America speaking no Spanish, this can be a real help! 

Visitors rate the breakfast highly but some guests have complained that the noise from the bar can get a bit much if it’s still busy at 3am!

3. Black Sheep Medellín

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $31USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

Black Sheep Medellín gets the most recommendations from our readers, which is surprising when you consider it’s a 15 minute walk from the busy centre of El Poblado, where most of the other hostels are located. However, the peace and serenity offered by Black Sheep Medellín is a great trade off for the extra leg work!

The common areas, full of big comfy sofas and hammocks, make for great places to get to know your fellow travellers and the free tea and coffee is sure to help cure your head if you have a heavy night in one of Medellín’s many clubs! Even with the location slightly further out, the subway station is only 10 minutes away so exploring the rest of the city is easy. 

The main complaint from guests is the lack of air conditioning. This means the rooms can get very stuffy during the day. Unless you are a big fan of saunas, get out early and start exploring to avoid this heat trap. No one comes to Medellín to sit in a hostel all day anyway!

4. Los Patios

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $17USD. Privates $50USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes. 
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

Straight off the bat, Los Patios does it all right, the rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and super comfortable. However, the communal areas are the real place to be. Whether it’s chilling out on the rooftop terrace, getting a caffeine hit from the on site cafe, playing games in the recreation room or smashing out your latest work assignment in the coworking space, Los Patios has you covered. 

The kitchens are as beautifully cleaned as the rest of the hostel, so you never have to worry about dirty pots and pans ruining your meal. There is even a communal herb garden which you are encouraged to use to add some Colombian flavour to your meals!

Los Patios also offer free art and photography exhibitions, free Spanish classes, free salsa lessons and free bike tours, as well as many other social activities on their rooftop bar. Whilst it is certainly not a party hostel (the bar closes around 11pm), the atmosphere is buzzing most evenings.

Salsa Lesson at Los Patios
Salsa lessons at Los Patios will help even the most useless dancers impress on a night out!

“I’m staying at Los Patios Hostel. It’s one of the nicest hostels I’ve stayed at and a decent price. They have dorms and private suites. Super clean, great kitchen, rooftop bar, and lots of activities and tours every day. Highly recommend!” – Micaela.

5. Sugar Cane Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $32USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

This intimate hostel offers a different experience to others on our list. It is small and a little quieter than the competition. Do not take this to mean Sugar Cane Hostel is not a sociable place though! On the contrary, the rooftop terrace makes for the perfect place to grab a beer and get chatting to a more laid back type of traveller. Nataly, the host, even prepares a full BBQ every Sunday for guests to enjoy as a group. 

Centrally located within the El Poblado neighbourhood, Sugar Cane Hostel makes for a great base to explore the surrounding area. All the popular local tours such as, Lake Guatape and Comuna 13  can be arranged and booked on site. The buffet breakfast is available between 7.30-11.00 each day so you can choose between an early start or a sleep-in without fear of missing out. 

“I liked the Sugar Cane hostel in El Poblado. Nice area and good social vibe in the hostel!” – Pauline

6. The Garden of Blues

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $14USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

Walking into The Garden of Blues Hostel is like entering another world. Verdant green plants look as if they are taking over, giving the whole place a very tropical feel. Combine that with the tranquillity of the hostel and you would be forgiven for thinking you had entered your own oasis! 

Within the hostel itself, you will find the obligatory Medellín terrace, a small shop selling essentials like toothpaste (and beer), a tour desk and some of the most colourful rooms Colombia has to offer! The single occupancy rooms are some of the cheapest you will find in the city and offer a perfect place for solo travellers to get a really good rest after months of sleeping in dorms! 

Speaking of dorms, they are well priced, clean and maybe a little too brightly coloured for those of you with working eyes… Some of the dorms even have double beds which is perfect for couples (or really close friends) on a budget – just avoid the temptation to do ‘the deed’ — none of your roommates will appreciate that!

7. Medellín Vibes

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $18USD. Privates $58USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

Medellín Vibes is the hostel your grandparents would approve of. From the shiny stone floors in the reception area to the chic bar, this place oozes class and sophistication.

It is a little further out of the centre of El Poblado than most hostels and it takes around half an hour to walk to the metro station. Medellín Vibes is not the most social of hostels but it is a great place to relax and unwind for a few days. Let’s face it, travelling in South America can be a challenge and we all need to recharge our batteries from time to time. 

Each dorm bed comes with privacy curtains, power sockets, reading light and a fan. To ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible, clean towels are provided every day too! The prices are a little higher than some other options in the city but you really get what you pay for. A giant pool, large rooms, fully stocked bar and top quality breakfast are all provided for the guests. If you really fancy a splurge, the King Suite even has a spa bath!

Medellin Vibes Swimming Pool
Relax in style at Medellín Vibes!

8. Chillin District Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $8USD. Privates $31USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: No.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

If you are looking for a party then Chillin District Hostel is not for you. As the name suggests, this is a place for chilling out and recharging your batteries. Multiple communal areas make it easy to meet other travellers and whilst they do sell beer at reception, there is not a bar to be seen. This is a welcome reprieve for those who may have indulged in one too many already on their travels. 

The outside terraces are fully equipped with tables, chairs, hammocks and a BBQ and just like all the rooms, these areas are cleaned daily. The kitchen is large enough that you are not tripping over other guests and if you really can’t be bothered to cook, there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants in the surrounding area. 

The beds are known as some of the most comfortable in Medellín but be warned, the larger dorm rooms can get very cramped and there is very little space to store your stuff. During busy periods, it is not uncommon for the WiFi to be out of action and the hot water can also run out quick! 

“Chillin District hostel in El Poblado was nice! Super comfy beds, nice atmosphere but not a party hostel!” – Annefleur

9. Rango Boutique Hostel 

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates. 
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $16USD Privates $67USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: Yes.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: No. 

Whilst the large private rooms are pretty pricey, the dorms at Rango Boutique are very reasonable considering the quality of this hostel. Rustic wood, exposed brickwork and metal plumbing make the building a hipster’s wet dream. Combine that with the modern bathrooms and attention to detail from the cleaners and you are onto a real winner. 

Not content with just providing a great place to lay your head, Rango Boutique Hostel also offers free yoga classes in the park, free salsa lessons and music nights, as well as happy hour deals and themed food and drink nights. 

Sure, you can find a cheaper bed elsewhere in the city but even the dorms at Rango are of the highest quality. They’re clean, spacious and well lit. Unlike cheaper places, the dorms are not crammed full of beds so you still feel like you have a bit of privacy when hanging out on your bunk.

“Rango Boutique Hostel in El Poblado is very nice! Sociable but not loud and quite spacious dorms.” – George

10. Purple Monkey

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms. 
  • Costs Starting From: $11USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No. 
  • Breakfast Included: Yes. 
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes.

When a hostel is willing to quote Rick Astley lyrics in their property description, you know they are confident. Promising to never “give you up, let you down and most importantly, run around and desert you”, Purple Monkey Hostel is throwing down the gauntlet to hostels across Medellín. 

The rooms are basic but clean and comfy. Each bed has a reading light and plenty of plug sockets. Busy year round, Purple Monkey is a great place to meet fellow backpackers. 

Bond over a few drinks in the colourful rooftop bar before heading out to experience Medellín’s famous nightlife. If partying is not your thing, you’ll be pleased to know the hostel bar closes before midnight so you can still get a quiet night’s sleep!

The only complaint we’ve heard from travellers about Purple Monkey is that the rooms can get super hot overnight. Considering the location, this is to be expected in a building without air conditioning. 

Purple Monkey Graffiti
Purple Monkey is a bright and vibrant place!

11. Noah Boutique Hostel

  • Room Types Offered: Dorms and privates.
  • Costs Starting From: Dorms $10USD. Privates $35USD.
  • Female Only Dorms Available: No.
  • Breakfast Included: Yes.
  • Communal Kitchen: Yes. 

Having worked in a hostel in the past, I can attest that keeping them clean can be a real challenge. Not for Noah Boutique Hostel though! They manage to keep their hostel in showroom condition no matter how many smelly backpackers pour through the door! 

From the hostel, it is just a 5 minute walk to the metro, park or one of the many bars and restaurants that make up El Poblado. Fibre-optic WiFi ensures great internet speeds but be warned, when the hostel is busy, getting a signal in the large terrace area can be an issue. 

Noah Boutique Hostel provides a different breakfast each morning so you’re not stuck with the old South American favourite of omelette and fruit every day! They also fire up the BBQ each Thursday which creates the perfect opportunity to mingle with other backpackers!

Honourable mention to Selina Medellín

Selina hostels are all over the Americas but divide opinion. Some backpackers avoid them due to their higher than average prices whilst others will use them whenever possible. They are always high quality, with clean comfy rooms, friendly staff, fast WiFI and often have nice coworking spaces and restaurants. Whist you can always guarantee the infrastructure in a Selina hostel, you cannot always guarantee the social vibe. Some can be practically buzzing, whilst others are much more sedate. 

A favourite among digital nomads, families and those travelling for business, Selina offer dorms and private rooms which make a really nice change if you’ve been slumming it in cheap, overcrowded hostels recently!

If none of these hostels take your fancy, check out more great hostels in Medellín here!

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