Where to Stay in Medellin – Best Hotels in Medellin Colombia

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If you’re planning a trip to Colombia, then figuring out where to stay in Medellin is certainly on your to-do list. That’s why we created this guide to some of the best places to stay in Medellin. We discuss Medellin neighborhoods, as well as the best Medellin hotels, guesthouses, and hostels in the area.

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Where to Stay in Medellin: Best Hotels in Medellin Colombia

Once one of the most dangerous places in the world, Medellin is a city transformed. The shadow of Pablo Escobar is slowly fading. In fact, Medellin is now considered one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking urban cities on the planet. You’ll find so many things to do in Medellin: art, hiking, culinary experiences, and some incredible outdoor activities. When choosing where to stay in Medellin, you’ll have a lot of options. These are some of our recommendations. We’ve tried to cover hotels in Medellin for any type of traveler. Yet we also consider these some of the best Medellin hotels for families since they all have family room options.

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Top Medellin Hotels

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We’ve listed a lot of great Medellin hotels in this post, but if you’re just looking for the best of the best hotels in Medellin, then here’s what we’d recommend:

Our Favorite Hotel in Poblado

Sites Hotel: All the comforts of a luxury hotel plus free use of washing machine. Close to the restaurant & nightlife of Poblado but far enough away to get a good night&s sleep. Multiple bedding arrangements for whatever your family or traveling group needs. 

Our Favorite Hotel in Laureles

Obo Hotel: Clean, modern and fairly new, we like softer beds, extra pillows, and Netflix as standard. The location (north Laureles/south Estadio) is good for walking to eateries and transport. 

Our Favorite Hostel in Medellin

Los Patios Hostal Boutique: A massive complex with well-trained staff and loads of activities. Often voted “best hostel in South America.”

Best Neighborhoods in Medellin

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When considering where to stay in Medellin, there are two main neighborhoods that will come up over and over. Here’s a quick breakdown.

Poblado

Swank and glitzy, Poblado is the most affluent neighborhood in Medellin. Clubs, cafes and restaurants are ubiquitous. This is where to stay in Medellin for shopping, dining, and nightlife. It’s safe and developed and looks familiar. It’s also one of the most expensive areas of the city. Most of the top hotels in Medellin are here, and most chain hotels in Medellin are based in the area. Poblado is not wall-to-wall high-rises, however. The area is hilly and residential the further from the station you walk.

Laureles / Estadio

This Medellin neighborhood actually feels like a neighborhood. There are sidewalks and tree-lined roads. That’s not to say you can’t find creature comforts. For example, some of Medellin’s best restaurants and cafes are here. They’re just more spread out and divided up my homes, family-run bodegas and shrubbery. Laureles and Estadio are two areas, actually, with Laureles being our preferred area. Estadio also has some nice Medellin hotels and restaurants, and the city’s impressive stadium complex is here. This is where to go in Medellin for soccer games, a public pool, and lots of sports and exercise facilities. Out of these two Medellin neighborhoods, Laureles is safer at night.

Other Top Medellin Neighborhoods

I’ll be honest with you and say that our Medellin hotel list focuses mostly on Poblado and the Laureles/Estadio neighborhoods. Yes, there are other places to stay in Medellin, but these are where we spent most of our time and then most of our research. Other Medellin neighborhoods to consider are Envigado, the area south of Poblado. Also Belen, the area south of Laureles. You’ll likely spend some time in the La Candelaria area (aka El Centro), and there are a few of the best hotels in Medellin downtown. Having said that, La Candelaria can be a little sketchy at night, so I’ve only listed one Medellin hotel in the area because it’s away from the dodgy bits.

Poblado: Best Hotels in Medellin Colombia

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Hotel Dann Carlton Medellín

This is where to stay in Medellin if you want a pool. Out of all the Medellin hotels, the Hotel Dann Carlton Medellín has one of the largest swimming areas in a garden setting. The breakfast buffet is huge, but the hotel restaurant seems understaffed on weekends when there are larger crowds. Rooms are large and clean, with beautiful views of the city or mountains. Just keep in mind that the windows on some floors are low and open easily, which could be dangerous for little kids.

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The Charlee Hotel

Easily one of the best hotels in Medellin for location and service. Expect spacious, stylish rooms with quality mattresses and solid, vintage-chic furniture. Staff speak English and are there to serve you, whether it’s getting you a SIM card for your phone or arranging dinner reservations. The buffet breakfast is ample and full of fresh-cut fruit and dishes cooked to order. If you need to work out, then this is where to stay in Medellin. Their 3-floor gym is one of the best in the city. The Charlee is a few steps from Lleras Park, one of Colombia’s hottest restaurant and nightlife districts. The windows of the rooms are soundproofed, so very little street noise gets in.

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Sites Hotel

One of the best luxury hotels in Medellin for families or groups. The rooms are large and more like apartments than the typical Medellin hotel. They have a kitchenette but could be stocked better (more utensils, pots, etc). If you’re here to eat your way through town, then great restaurants are a short walk away. There’s a nice rooftop pool — not very big, but heated and with a Jacuzzi with incredible views. If you book, read the fine print carefully. There are additional (and refundable) fees for insurance and damage deposit. They also say explicitly that traveling families may need to provide their kids’ documentation.

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The Morgana Poblado Suites Hotel

This Medellin Hotel has big spacious rooms and a wide variety of bed configurations. The pool is small and the gym lacks free weights, but everything is clean and the steam room is a nice bonus. This hotel in Medellin is up the hill from the Poblado district, which makes it quiet, but also a little far for walking. That said, it’s where to stay in Medellin for families with little kids or anyone who prefers using Uber or a taxi for door-to-door arrivals.

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14 Urban Hotel

One of the nicest boutique hotels in Medellin, 14 Urban is right in the middle of the Poblado district. This is where to stay in Medellin if you want to walk to dozens of great restaurants, clubs, and cafes. The windows are insulated so very little nightlife noise comes in from the outside. Noise from the hallway is another story. Rooms are stylish and compact, with a rain shower in the bathroom, which is always a plus in my book. Breakfast is basic, but many great options nearby.

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Hotel Holiday Inn Express & Suites Medellin

Expect large, clean suites and a great view at breakfast. This is where to stay in Medellin when you want to be near the Poblado district but not in the middle of it. The Holiday Inn is a little south of the nightlife area, but close to the Santa Fe shopping center and supermarket. It’s a 20-minute walk to a train station but taxis and Ubers are always an option in this area. This is really more a business hotel in Medellin — there are often conferences and whatnot happening. But that doesn’t diminish the value for being in Medellin’s most happening neighborhood.

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Travelers Orange Suites

These clean, spacious suites are more like self-catering apartments. Yet unlike many apartment rentals, breakfast is served every morning. There’s no gym here, but there’s a hammam (Turkish bath) and like many Medellin hotels, the rooftop has a Jacuzzi. We like having a kitchen when we travel, but you may have to ask downstairs for the right cooking equipment. But unlike an Airbnb, you still can have cleaning services as well. This is a great Medellin hotel if traveling with teens or adults, but I wouldn’t recommend staying here with babies or toddlers. The stylish stairwells have no guardrail, and the balcony guardrails have bars wide enough apart that little ones could slip through. Otherwise, one of the best hotels in Medellin Colombia.

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Hotel & Apartasuites Torre Poblado

Just one block from Parque Poblado and a 15-minute walk to the Poblado station. This is where to stay in Medellin when you want to stay near Calle 10 (Poblado’s main drag) without staying directly on it. These Medellin hotel rooms are actually small apartments, complete with living/dining spaces and kitchens. Breakfast is simple but served on a 10th-floor dining space with a wonderful view of the town. Service is good, but English is limited. In the middle of the city’s liveliest district so expect some street noise.

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Los Patios Hostal Boutique

Possibly the best hostel in Medellin. This is no dingy, bunk-filled basement. Los Patios Hostal Boutique is two large buildings kept very clean and stylishly decorated. Showers are hot and have good water pressure. They provide towels, as well. For fun, they have salsa lessons and ping pong tables. Or grab a rental bike. You’re steps from the heart of the Poblado District, and for Medellin hostels, the wifi is pretty dependable.

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Laureles / Estadio: Best Hotels in Medellin

Laureles / Estadio: Best Hotels in Medellin

Hotel Dorado La 70

A great option for families and traveling groups. This is where to stay in Medellin when you want a more local neighborhood and multiple bedding options. Hotel Dorado La 70 has rooms with up to six single beds. All beds are firm…even firmer than most places. Rooms are large and clean, but some don’t have windows, so confirm if you need one. You’re very close to the train and the stadium, which has lots of athletic facilities, including swimming pools and beach volleyball.

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Obo Hotel

A recent addition to the best Medellin hotels, the Obo Hotel has newer beds that are large and softer than most hotels in Medellin, and they come with 4-5 pillows each. Love the big shower and water pressure, too. Having Netflix is a nice plus as well. Location-wise, this is where to stay in Medellin for an easy walk to the stadium (15 minutes) the train (5 minutes) and the La 70 restaurant area. Check out could be faster but not a real factor for us unless we’re late for a flight.

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Hotel Laureles Plaza

Located near some of our favorite restaurant and cafes in Laureles, this is where to stay in Medellin for a local neighborhood feel. The metro is a 150-minute walk away, but great food and coffee are around the block. There’s a nice rooftop space with a Jacuzzi, but you’ll need to ask staff to heat it up for you well ahead of time.

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Hotel Suite Comfort

Simple, clean rooms with hot showers with good water pressure. Breakfast buffet is above average and served on the 7th-floor balcony. Not far from the Carrera 70th-street restaurant region. Also a short drive from Pueblito Paisa, the Water Museum, and Barefoot Park.

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Hostal Rich

Located minutes from the stadium and corresponding train station, this is where to stay in Medellin on a budget but with easy access to downtown. Also close to a supermarket. The kitchen space in Hostel Rich has plenty of cooking implements and utensils for those who plan to cook there. Rooms are simple and have limited storage space. Wifi is weak outside of communal areas. Alcohol is not allowed on the premises, which cuts back on noise from guests at night.

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Other Great Medellin Hotels in Colombia

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61Prado Guesthouse

Built into two older European-style homes, 61Prado Guesthouse is three blocks from Prado Station, which connects you to all of the city. This is where to stay in Medellin when you want king-size beds at twin-bed prices. Suites are larger than normal Medellin hotels, but single rooms are rather small. This is a guesthouse, so some rooms have a shared bathroom. Unlike most hotels in Medellin, 61Prado has a 24-hour restaurant and serves breakfast round the clock. Perfect for jetlagged first arrivals.

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Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte

This is where to stay in Medellin if you’d like to experience a safe local neighborhood. Rooms are clean and spacious. Some rooms have marble floors – be careful with kids running with wet feet. Hotel San Pedro del Fuerte is located in a residential neighborhood west of Estadio, but it’s minutes from the Floresta Metro Station which gives you access to the entire city.

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What to Expect in the Best Medellin Hotels

No matter where you stay in Medellin, there are a few common tips and characteristics worth mentioning.

Little English is Spoken

That’s right: even at many of the best hotels in Colombia, there may only a few staff who speak English. Of course, this changes the more upscale your hotel is. Regardless, don’t expect everyone to converse with you publicly.

Cash Vs. Cards

Some Medellin hotels do not take credit cards. It’s cash only. Always make sure you have enough…or have access to an ATM.

Bring Kids’ Documentation

Child exploitation is a problem in Colombia. In order to fight it, you may find that you have to provide documentation on your own kids if they’re under 18. This could be their passports or even birth certificates. I’ve never heard of it actually being enforced with a birth certificate. Don’t take offense at this — it’s just to protect children from child labor and sexual exploitation.

Read the Fine Print

When you book where to stay in Medellin, make sure to read through the info carefully, as sometimes there are additional fees you might not be aware of. For example, some hotels require a “damage deposit,” which will then be reimbursed after checkout. They may also require an insurance fee. At the time of writing, it was around USD $3 per person.

Exterior Vs Interior Noise

A lot of the best Medellin hotels in Poblado and other nightlife districts have done a good job of soundproofing their rooms for street noise. What they haven’t done, in some cases, is take the same care inside the building. For example, you may not be able to hear the music coming out of that bar or nightclub nearby, but you can hear doors closing and people in the hallway.

Double-Check Your Bill

It’s always a good idea to get all your expenses in receipt for or written for of any kind. Double-check to make sure no “mistakes” were made.

Do You Know Where to Stay in Medellin?

These are only some of the best hotels in Medellin. Do you know others? Tell us where to stay in Medellin. Tell us the best Medellin hotels and hostels that are missing from our list, and we’ll add them next time we update this post.

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