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The 31 Coolest Hostels in Medellin

Former murder capital gone good and now turned into one of South America’s hottest destinations, Medellin is awash with interesting streets, vibrant culture, tons of history and loads of stuff to do.

Though it’s a budget-friendly destination, staying in a hostel isn’t just good for taking it easy on the wallet: it’s a good way to get acquainted with the city thanks to local staff, meet some new international friends, and have a fun time!

Because it can be a pain to trawl through everything on offer, we’ve crafted this truly epic guide to the very best hostels in Medellin to make sure you can find something that’s right for you. We’re telling you the best, and worst, of all the top hostels in the city to make it easier for you to choose.

Let’s do this!

At a Glance: The best hostels in Medellin

#1 – Medellin Vibes Hostel –   Best Overall Hostel in Medellin  
#2 – Chillin District – Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Medellin  
#3 – Hostel and Cafe Ondas – Best Party Hostel in Medellin Hostel and Cafe Ondas
#4 – Aura Hostel Boutique – Best Hostel in Medellin for Couples  
#5 – El Alternativo – Best Hostel near El Poblado, Medellin  
#6 – Medellin BackPacker Hostel – Best Hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Norte  
#7 – Noah Boutique Hostel Medellin – Best Hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Sur  
#8 – Hostal El Hangar – Best Hostel near Medellin International Airport  
#9 – Los Patios Hostel Boutique – Best Hostel in Medellin for Digital Nomads
#10 – Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin – Best Hostel with a private room in Medellin  
#11 – Hostel Rango Boutique – Best Boutique Hostel in Medellin 
#12 – Montanita Hostel – Best Budget Hostel in Medellin 

Best Overall Hostel in Medellin

Why Medellin Vibes Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $20 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $66 for a deluxe private room with a double bed and your own bathroom

Medellin Vibes Hostel is pretty much the best overall hostel going in Medellin. We mean, it’s got a pool for one thing. 

The kitchen here is great, the staff are super nice and it’s super clean and bright. With its free breakfast, this is our top choice for exploring Medellin.

Pros of Medellin Vibes Hostel

  • Swimming pool
  • Complete with a bar
  • Free breakfast!
  • Communal kitchen to use
  • Location near the metro

Cons ofMedellin Vibes Hostel

  • Can lack in atmosphere
  • No late checkout
  • There aren't any events
  • Not ideal for solo travellers
  • Pricier than other places

Should you book at Medellin Vibes Hostel?

Anybody looking for the best of everything should be looking to stay at this Medellin backpackers hostel. It’s got a bar to relax in with a drink at the end of the day, powerful showers, ultra-comfortable beds… It’s a “luxury hostel” and it definitely feels as though it’s edging towards boutique.

Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Medellin

Why Chillin District is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $8 a night for a bunk in a 12 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $30 for a deluxe private room with a double bed and your own bathroom

This hostel has a great location, but what makes it one of the coolest hostels in Medellin are its interiors and places to hang out. 

The courtyard is strung with fairy lights and hammocks, the communal spaces are decked out in funky furnishings, and the dorms are quite simply awesome.

Pros of Chillin District

  • Amazing outdoor patio / terrace
  • Social atmosphere!
  • Safe neighbourhood
  • Very friendly staff
  • On-site cafe

Cons of Chillin District

  • No bar though
  • It's social, but it's not for partying
  • There's no free breakfast
  • Bit of a walk to the nearest metro
  • Dorms can feel a bit small

Should you book at Chillin District?

Stay here if you want to be social in some pretty cool settings. It’s our pick for the best hostel in Medellin for solo travellers. For one thing, it’s in the safe El Poblado neighbourhood (because being solo doesn’t just mean making friends), but the staff here are super helpful too.

Best Party Hostel in Medellin

Why Hostel and Cafe Ondas is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $7 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $17 for a standard private room with a double bed and shared bathroom

A super fun hostel to stay at, we can’t help but like this place. The staff here really give it a great atmosphere, helping everyone get together in the awesome communal spaces they’ve got going on here. 

It’s the best party hostel in Medellin – we mean, take a look at their rooftop bar; that’s where all the magic happens!

Pros of Hostel and Cafe Ondas

  • Awesome poppin' atmosphere
  • Large rooftop bar
  • Drinks deals (yes please)
  • So much stuff going on all the time
  • Breakfast included!

Cons of Hostel and Cafe Ondas

  • Not a raging mad party hostel
  • Can be loud though
  • It's not squeaky clean
  • No late checkout
  • The location isn't great (residential area)

Should you book at Hostel and Cafe Ondas?

If you want to really get involved in the community of a hostel, make friends, and party – all in the same place – then you should book a room at Hostel and Cafe Ondas. Think salsa nights, movie nights, parties on Fridays, and a whole lot of other stuff going on. Social peeps will literally love this place. (There’s even 2 cats).

Best Hostel in Medellin for Couples

Why Aura Hostel Boutique is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in a 4 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $36 for a deluxe twin private room with your own bathroom

We love Aura Hostel Boutique. First things first: hot tub? Check. That’s just one of the many things that make this the best hostel in Medellin for couples. 

The sun trap of a terrace, the bar, the vacay getaway feel of the place is just perfect for you and your partner.

Pros of Aura Hostel Boutique

  • Rooftop terrace
  • Jacuzzi!
  • Great cocktails at the bar
  • Close to public transport
  • Lively local area

Cons of Aura Hostel Boutique

  • Dorm rooms are quite small
  • Not the most buzzing atmosphere
  • Can be noisy from the street outside
  • No free breakfast
  • You can't check out late

Should you book at Aura Hostel Boutique?

You should definitely be looking at staying at this Medellin backpackers hostel if you’re away with your other half and want to stay somewhere that FEELS more “boutique” than “hostel”. It’s the perfect balance of value for money and beautiful surroundings, as well as buzzing location, that make it feel like a proper bargain.

Best Hostel near El Poblado, Medellin

Why El Alternativo is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $10 a night for a bunk in a 6 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $44 for a twin private room with shared bathroom

El Poblado is pretty much THE place to stay in Medellin. This area is where it’s at for safety and tons of things to see and do in this Colombian city. 

El Alternativo is set right in this area, meaning you’ll have bars, restaurants and cafes on your doorstep. It’s awesome.

Pros of El Alternativo

  • Killer location in the heart of El Poblado
  • FREE breakfast!
  • Rooftop terrace to chill on
  • Shared kitchen to make snacks
  • On-site cafe

Cons of El Alternativo

  • Some rooms are windowless
  • Wi-fi isn't great
  • Can be quiet (not much atmosphere)
  • Beds are creaky
  • No late checkout

Should you book at El Alternativo?

If you want to stay at what we reckon is the best hostel near El Poblado in Medellin, then book this place. There’s an eco-friendly kind of ethos going on here, which you might also be down for. You’ll also find a communal kitchen and a free (delicious) breakfast served up daily. Great if you’re on a budget!

Best Hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Norte

Why Medellin BackPacker Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $7 a night for a bunk in a 4 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $16 for a basic twin private with a shared bathroom

Monochrome design, exposed bricks and a touch of industrial chic gives this Medellin backpackers hostel a design edge. 

This place doesn’t feel like a cramped hostel, with tons of areas (including kitchen with breakfast bar and outdoor terrace) that make it a chill space to spend your time in Medellin.

Pros of Medellin
BackPacker Hostel

  • Very cool design going on
  • Awesome location to get around Medellin
  • Close to the bus terminal
  • Communal kitchen
  • Bicycle hire to explore the city

Cons of Medellin
BackPacker Hostel

  • No bar here
  • Staff don't speak the best English
  • There's no free breakfast
  • No activities
  • Surrounding area is safe but pretty quiet

Should you book at Medellin BackPacker Hostel?

Well, if you want to stay at a top hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Norte, this is the place. But it’s not just a hostel near the bus station, it’s in a pretty safe area close to malls and the University of Antioquia. Metro AND metro bus stops are just nearby, too; great for getting around the city.

Best Hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Sur

Why Noah Boutique Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in a 4 bed in a standard mixed dorm
  • Want some space? No private rooms but you can pay $10 for a 4 bed “deluxe” dorm instead

Noah Boutique Hostel Medellin is much more than just any old hostel near Medellin Bus Terminal del Sur. 

It’s a cool Medellin backpackers hostel that offers a load of stuff that make it great value for money: a great vibe, free breakfast, and it’s very own rooftop bar. Not bad at all!

Pros of Noah Boutique
Hostel Medellin

  • Free breakfast!
  • Great location
  • Social rooftop bar
  • Friendly staff work here
  • BBQs and other events

Cons of Noah Boutique
Hostel Medellin

  • Rooms are small
  • Wi-fi isn't very good
  • Located on a main road
  • No air conditioning
  • Bathrooms aren't very clean

Should you book at Noah Boutique Hostel Medellin?

The beds here are big and comfy and the staff are pretty nice. What more could you want? Well, an awesome location, right? Don’t worry: this top hostel in Medellin has got that covered. The south bus terminal is close by, so is a metro stop (8 minutes), and the buzzing El Poblado is just 10 minutes away.

Best Hostel near Medellin International Airport

Why Hostal El Hangar is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $32 for a basic twin private with an en suite bathroom (no dorms, people)
  • Want some space? $35 for a private room with a double bed and en suite bathroom

As you may be able to tell from the name, this Medellin backpackers hostel is located near the airport. 

This makes it the perfect place for a one-night stay either pre- or post-flight. The staff are super friendly and there’s even a free shuttle service to the airport.

Pros of Hostal El Hangar

  • SUPER close to the airport
  • Free airport shuttle (awesome!)
  • Restaurant next door
  • 24 hour reception
  • Doesn't feel sketchy

Cons of Hostal El Hangar

  • Not super clean
  • Beds aren't that comfy
  • Breakfast isn't included
  • Pretty far from central Medellin
  • Basic

Should you book at Hostal El Hangar?

As long as you’re not expecting the swankiest and shiniest place going, then you’ll agree that this is the best hostel near Medellin International Airport. It’s perfect for a layover, or the night before (or after) a flight, and there’s even a small restaurant next door. Not much to complain about, but nothing special either.

Best Hostel in Medellin for Digital Nomads

Why Los Patios Hostel Boutique is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $16 a night for a bunk in a 4 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $50 for a standard twin private room with your own bathroom

This place is perfectly set up for digital nomads and we mean perfectly. There’s an actual co-working space at the hostel. 

There’s strong wi-fi. The staff are professional and friendly. There’s even a rooftop gym to blow off steam. There’s free Spanish lessons!

Pros of Los Patios Hostel Boutique

  • Actual co-working space
  • Very strong wi-fi
  • Outdoor gym
  • Free stuff like Spanish lessons and printers
  • On-site bar for after work drinks

Cons of Los Patios Hostel Boutique

  • Can get a bit too lively
  • There's no free breakfast
  • No late checkout
  • Spread across two buildings so you might feel disconnected
  • Loud music late at night

Should you book at Los Patios Hostel Boutique?

If you’re looking for genuinely the very best hostel in Medellin for digital nomads, then this is IT. You’ll be in a vibrant neighbour with plenty to eat and drink nearby, close to a metro station for more exploring, and the atmosphere here is second to none for remote workers. Awesome.

Best Hostel with a private room in Medellin

Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $10 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $20 for a standard twin private room with a shared bathroom

This hostel has pretty much a perfect location in a safe neighbourhood; it’s a 15 minute stroll to the metro and also close to a big supermarket.

There’s a sizeable kitchen for rustling up your own meals. The rooms are also clean and come complete with super comfy beds, too.

Pros of Hostal Lleras
Calle 8 Medellin

  • Chilled atmosphere
  • Close to a bar
  • Good neighbourhood
  • Decent security
  • TVs in the rooms!

Cons of Hostal Lleras
Calle 8 Medellin

  • No activities
  • Can get children staying here
  • No free breakfast
  • Can't check out late
  • Not great for atmosphere

Should you book at Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin?

Perfect for people who want a little more privacy, Hostal Lleras Calle 8 Medellin has got to be the best hostel with a private room in Medellin. It’s the kind of place that welcomes couples and families alike, with large beds, whitewashed walls and even big TVs in the rooms.

Best Boutique Hostel in Medellin

Why Hostel Rango Boutique is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $16 a night for a bunk in a 6 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $70 for a deluxe twin private room with an en suite bathroom

Easily our top pick for the best boutique hostel in Medellin, this place is SUPER stylish. There are some seriously chic and well thought out interiors going on here; think concrete walls, dark wood floors and immaculately tiled bathrooms. 

Even the dorms are super nice.

Pros of Hostel Rango Boutique

  • Super cool!
  • Bar and cafe area
  • Communal kitchen
  • Loads of events (free yoga lessons, taco and margarita night, etc.)
  • Lots of places to hang out

Cons of Hostel Rango Boutique

  • Comparatively expensive
  • Quiet time after 12am
  • Can lack atmosphere
  • No outdoor areas
  • Bit far from the metro

Should you book at Hostel Rango Boutique?

If you’re at all sensitive to a bit of design, then you should definitely consider booking yourself a place at this cool Medellin backpackers hostel. It’s not all about style though. That free breakfast makes this sort of worth the money, and there’s even happy hours and salsa nights to get involved with.

Best Budget Hostel in Medellin

Why Montanita Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $7 a night for a bunk in an 8-bed mixed dorm (shared bathroom)
  • Want some space? $15 for a standard twin private room with your very own bathroom

With its relaxed common areas – complete with hippie-esque vibes – and a good shared kitchen for cooking your own meals, Montanita Hostel is one of our favourite Medellin backpackers hostels. 

The vibe here is all about being relaxed, but everything’s still very clean and well looked after.

Pros of Montanita Hostel

  • Tasty free breakfast!
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Excellent location here
  • Rooms are clean
  • That price point

Cons of Montanita Hostel

  • Pretty quiet
  • Rooms are quite small
  • And they can get hot
  • No late check out
  • No events going

Should you book at Montanita Hostel?

If you’re all about saving money, then chances are you’ll be on the lookout for the best budget hostel in Medellin. That’s this place. And even though it’s a value for money place, it’s actually pretty cute. But it’s not just about the interiors: here you’ll be in walking distance to the metro and restaurants, too.

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#13 - Cocoa Hostel

Why Cocoa Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $87 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? No private rooms!

Set inside a large, traditional style house, Cocoa is a lovely little hostel run by friendly people. 

The helpful staff at this cute hostel in Medellin will help you navigate and explore the local area’s restaurants and bakeries, but it’s also a short walk to the El Poblado.

Pros of Cocoa Hostel

  • Great local setting
  • Garden to chill in
  • Nice communal lounge
  • Helpful staff
  • Free breakfast!!

Cons of Cocoa Hostel

  • Can be quiet at night
  • Can't check out late
  • No private rooms on offer
  • No bar
  • Kitchen could be better stocked

Should you book at Cocoa Hostel?

Definitely not a party hostel, staying at this top hostel in Medellin is a good option for those who want a social vibe without any of the madness and drinking that (sometimes) comes with it. Dorms are small but perfectly formed here; they’re bright and come with privacy curtains and lockers. There’s even a walled garden.

#14 - Nomad Hostel

Why Nomad Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $7 a night for a bunk in a 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $35 for a private room with a double bed and your own bathroom

Nomad Hostel is set in a historic building close to the tourist area of El Poblado and has a ton of nice period features kept intact. 

We like it because it really looks the part, but the coolest thing about this Medellin backpackers hostel are those views from the rooftop. Wow!

Pros of Nomad Hostel

  • Loads of events going on
  • Great social atmosphere
  • Cool old building
  • Nice communal spaces
  • Free breakfast!

Cons of Nomad Hostel

  • Not the safest area
  • Can be a bit party-centric (depends who's there)
  • Spotty wi-fi
  • Traffic can be noisy
  • No restaurants nearby

Should you book at Nomad Hostel?

If you want to stay somewhere that’s basically all-round awesome, then you should book Nomad Hostel. There’s a lot going for this place; we already mentioned the rooftop with the stunning views, but there’s also some great staff working here, and the vibe is fun – feels like staying with a big group of friends.

Why Yolo Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $20 a night for a bunk in a 6 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? No private rooms on offer

You might be able to guess from the name, but Yolo Hostel Medellin is all about having fun. However, it’s not about having mad parties – it’s about having a chilled time. Refreshingly chilled, we’d say. 

There’s plenty of space to meet other travellers and the staff are great. We like it!

Pros of Yolo Hostel Medellin

  • Super chilled atmosphere
  • Pretty garden (with stream!)
  • Hammocks
  • Shared kitchen for snacks
  • Nice and clean

Cons of Yolo Hostel Medellin

  • No breakfast (at all)
  • Wi-fi kind of sucks
  • No late check out
  • No bar on site
  • Bit on the quiet side

Should you book at Yolo Hostel Medellin? /span>

You want somewhere that’s the fun alternative to a party hostel in Medellin? This is the place. Think hammocks, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and a nice backyard to chill the heck out in (there’s even a stream that runs at the bottom of the garden). It’s lovely.

#16 - Saman Hostel

Why Saman Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a 5 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $25 for a private room with a double bed and a shared bathroom

Saman Hostel is a great place to stay in Medellin, just about 20 minutes’ stroll from the El Poblado metro station. 

You’ll be greeted by friendly staff who’ll give you all the info you need for all the bars and restaurants located nearby, which is always handy. They also serve up a very tasty free breakfast.

Pros of Saman Hostel

  • Fresh, vibrant decor
  • Cheap laundry service
  • Free breakfast
  • Nice staff
  • Free coffee all day!

Cons of Saman Hostel

  • Can be noisy at the weekend
  • Not a lot of atmosphere
  • No events going on
  • Could be more bathrooms
  • Internet could be better

Should you book at Saman Hostel?

The location of this Medellin backpacker hostel makes it fantastic, with the vibrancy of El Poblado within easy reach, but without being in the centre of all the action yourself. Honestly you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat and drink nearby. Awesome setting.

Why Secret Buddha is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $23 for a standard single private room with en suite bathroom
  • Want some space? $45 for a deluxe private room with a double bed and your own bathroom

A funky spot to say in the city that’s a little bit further out of the centre of everything than other Medellin backpackers hostels, we like how much art there is going on here. 

It’s sort of like staying in a mad artist’s studio, but the vibrant art all over the walls gives it lots of character.

Pros of Secret Buddha

  • Tons of character
  • Free breakfast!
  • Friendly owner (who is also a chef!)
  • Yoga/meditation areas
  • Massage therapy available

Cons of Secret Buddha

  • Quite far out of town
  • The "art" is... an acquired taste
  • Not a lot to do in the surrounding area
  • No late check out
  • No bar

Should you book at Secret Buddha?

If the idea of staying somewhere a little more tucked away, in more of a local area than Gringo-friendly El Poblado, then this top hostel in Medellin is going to suit you down to the ground. There’s no partying here, but it’s more of a place to come and relax.

Why Amazonia Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $10 a night for a bunk in a 6 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $30 for a private room with a double bed and en suite bathroom

With its organic, friendly feel about it, this youth hostel in Medellin strikes a nice balance between being sociable, going out to party, and knowing how (and when) to simply take things easy and chill out.

It doesn’t go hard, but it’s also not boring, which can be difficult to manage in a hostel.

Pros of Amazonia Hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Cool terrace area
  • Nice, stylish interiors
  • Good location
  • Social atmosphere (there's a bar!)

Cons of Amazonia Hostel

  • Beds aren't that comfy
  • You can't check out late
  • Can be noisy early in the morning
  • No drinks deals
  • No organised events

Should you book at Amazonia Hostel?

If you want somewhere with a friendly atmosphere, where there’ll most likely be people to hang out with, and which also has friendly staff, stay at Amazonia Hostel. It’s a good hostel for solo travellers in Medellin thanks to social vibes and communal areas (think backyard BBQs).

Why Hostel Macondo Guest House Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in a 14 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $52 for a 4 bed private room with and a shared bathroom

With its charming courtyard, complete with little tables, plants and hammocks to chill out in, this place provides a chill environment for your stay in the city. 

One of the best Medellin backpackers hostels, there’s not a lot that you wouldn’t like about this spot. Unless you’re allergic to chill.

Pros ofHostel Macondo
Guest House Medellin

  • Mega chill vibes
  • Bicycle hire
  • Very nice outdoor terrace
  • On-site bar
  • Close to a metro stop

Cons of Hostel Macondo
Guest House Medellin

  • Not the best location
  • Private rooms could be better (smaller)
  • Dorms are quite crowded
  • No free breakfast
  • No late check out

Should you book at Hostel Macondo Guest House Medellin?

Absolutely. Especially if you’re not looking for a place to party, or even for a place that’s going to be in the middle of everything. This is the sort of peaceful place you can return to, like an oasis, after a busy day. The owner is local and super helpful with tips on what to do, see and eat!

Why The Garden of Blues Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in a 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $30 for a basic private room with a double bed and en suite bathroom

More like staying in a big family house with some friends, The Garden of Blues Hostel is a chill hostel in Medellin that’s definitely taken on its “garden” theme. 

As soon as you walk through the front gates you’ll notice. The living room even has an indoors garden that attracts birds in the daytime. Quirky, but cool.

Pros of The Garden of Blues Hostel

  • Great location close to bars and clubs
  • Very nice garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Free breakfast!
  • Laundry facilities

Cons of The Garden of Blues Hostel

  • Spread across two buildings
  • The staff can be a bit off
  • Rooms can be small
  • No events
  • No late check out

Should you book at The Garden of Blues Hostel?

For sure. If you want to spend time in a bit of a green oasis away from the noise and mayhem of the city, then this unique Medellin backpackers hostel is the place for you. It’s cosy, peaceful and suits travellers who want to cook their own meals and hang out in a chilled space.

Why Arcadia Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $44 for a 3 bed apartment with an en suite bathroom
  • Want some space? $87 for a 7 bed deluxe apartment with an en suite bathroom

Arcadia Hostel is a nice hostel to base yourself in Medellin. Whilst the outside doesn’t look like much, inside it’s a chill place to get to know other people and have a good time in the city. 

It may not be the cleanest or most well looked after, but there’s a nice social vibe here.

Pros of Arcadia Hostel

  • Decent party atmosphere
  • Free breakfast to mop up your hangover
  • Bicycle rentals on offer
  • Loads of events
  • Outdoor terrace to chill on

Cons of Arcadia Hostel

  • Security really isn't that good
  • Not the cleanest
  • Can be quite loud
  • Not enough bathrooms
  • No late check out

Should you book at Arcadia Hostel?

If you’re a solo traveller you might want to consider booking this Medellin backpackers hostel. There’s a fair few events going on here that bring the guests staying at the hostel together, making sure people get the chance to meet and mingle. There’s also a bit of a party atmosphere – but not TOO much of one.

#22 - Brick Hostel

Why Brick Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $8 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $25 for a standard twin private room with shared bathroom

Yes, it’s brick-built, which is probably why it’s called Brick Hostel, but there’s a lot more to this Medellin hostel than its building materials.

Inside, expect whitewashed walls, houseplants and high ceilings for a pretty cool stay in the city. The whole vibe, from the decor to the atmosphere, is pretty relaxed.

Pros of Brick Hostel

  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bring Your Own Booze
  • New hostel
  • Pretty killer location
  • Well stocked kitchen

Cons of Brick Hostel

  • Basically no atmosphere
  • Beds are hard
  • No late check out
  • No free breakfast
  • No events

Should you book at Brick Hostel?

If you want to be in the Zona Rosa (realm of bars and clubs), but want to be able to actually go to sleep at night, it would be a good idea to book this place. Whilst there aren’t any social things going on at is cool hostel in Medellin, everything here is pretty nice.

Why Living Hostal is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $5 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $40 for a standard 4 bed private room with shared bathroom

Living Hostal is close to a university and is also in a good location for catching the metro. The El Poblado area is a mere 400 metres from this hostel, so you can easily walk there. 

We like the nice spaces to relax around this Medellin backpackers hostel – as well as the cafe. All very modern and new.

Pros of Living Hostal

  • Literally one of the cheapest places to stay in Medellin
  • Free breakfast
  • Affordable on-site cafe
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Decent location

Cons of Living Hostal

  • No events going on
  • Little social atmosphere
  • The wi-fi is spotty
  • Mattress are plastic protected
  • Bathrooms could be nicer

Should you book at Living Hostal?

This youth hostel in Medellin offers up some seriously good value for money. If you want a base for exploring the city where you can shower, sleep and eat (and that’s basically it), then you should definitely think about booking this place. There’s even a toast buffet breakfast included in the price!

Why Casa Kiwi Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $10 a night for an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $30 for a standard twin private room with a shared bathroom

Probably the best thing about Casa Kiwi Hostel Medellin is its very chill, very rustic feel outdoor terrace where you can watch the world go by. 

Then again, that rooftop pool (yes, really) adds that little bit of luxury that we know every backpacker and nomad secretly wants no matter what they say.

Pros of Casa Kiwi Hostel Medellin

  • Rooftop swimming pool!
  • Yoga lessons on offer
  • Ping pong table
  • Decent social vibe
  • Close to the metro

Cons of Casa Kiwi Hostel Medellin

  • No breakfast available
  • Staff seem disinterested
  • No late check out
  • No organised events
  • No air conditioning (!?)

Should you book at Casa Kiwi Hostel Medellin?

If you want a great all-rounder of a top hostel in Medellin then you should think about booking this place. It’s got a chilled-out social atmosphere, some great communal spaces to hang out in, and did we mention that pool? It’s basically got a lot going for it – and for a pretty good price, too.

Why InboXchange Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in a 6 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $22 for a standard private room with a double bed and shared bathroom

Quirky by name, quirky by design, the interiors of this Medellin backpackers hostel really pop with colour, helping to make it a pretty fun place to be. 

It’s not a party hostel, but it depends on who’s staying what the atmosphere is going to be like. But generally? It’s pretty chilled.

Pros of InboXchange Hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Friendly staff
  • On site bar
  • Outdoor terrace to chill on
  • Great location

Cons of InboXchange Hostel

  • Thin walls (noisy)
  • Can lack atmosphere
  • Dorms can feel pretty cramped
  • Beds aren't that comfy
  • Charge to use security lockers

Should you book at InboXchange Hostel?

Well, if you want to stay somewhere that’s pretty relaxed with a decent free breakfast and who won’t mind you coming in drunk (though it’s got good security), InboXchange Hostel is a good spot. The friendly staff will also give you recommendations for restaurants and shops to check out as well, which is always handy.

#26 - Tiger Hostel

Why Tiger Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $44 for a 3 bed apartment with an en suite bathroom
  • Want some space? $87 for a 7 bed deluxe apartment with an en suite bathroom

A lively place to stay complete with fun stuff like bar crawls and drinking-based events, Tiger Hostel is set right in the middle of El Poblado. 

We like the energy of this place; a stay at this Medellin backpackers hostel means soaking up all the nightlife of the area.

Pros of Tiger Hostel

  • Discount club access
  • Happy hour!
  • Rooftop jacuzzi
  • Massive outdoor terrace
  • Free breakfast (good for hangovers)

Cons of Tiger Hostel

  • Very noisy
  • Not very clean (we know it's party, but still...)
  • Not many organised activities
  • No late check out!
  • Needs some TLC in general

Should you book at Tiger Hostel?

For a party hostel in El Poblado, this place is actually one of the best. Not only do they have a well-stocked bar with great cocktails and a good happy hour, but they also have a rooftop jacuzzi, free breakfast a HUGE outdoor terrace for gatherings to seal the deal. Party animals welcome, of course.

Why La Playa Hostel & Rooftop is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $9 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $25 for a twin private room with a shared bathroom

This top hostel in Medellin has charming stone floors and a whole load of other features, ticking a whole lot of boxes for us (and any design fiends out there).

 A nice mix of modern and traditional, with a load of funky spots to hang out, this is one of those hostels you’ll remember, for sure. The rooftop terrace views are unreal!

Pros of La Playa Hostel & Rooftop

  • That rooftop!
  • Cool hang out areas
  • On site bar and cafe
  • Lots of events (think karaoke nights, etc.)
  • Happy hour

Cons of La Playa Hostel & Rooftop

  • Rooms are small
  • No lockers
  • Busy neighbourhood
  • Can be noisy
  • Some rooms are windowless

Should you book at La Playa Hostel & Rooftop?

If you’re looking for something a bit different, this cool hostel in Medellin is definitely a place you should consider. Solo travellers will especially love it, with events going on like pub crawls and free breakfasts, all with a bonus of a free breakfast to bring everyone together in the mornings.

Why Ivy Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $8 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $30 for a deluxe private room with a double bed and shared bathroom

Though relatively far from the centre of town, this is a fun place to chill out in the city. It’s run by a couple of travellers who bought an old mansion and set up a hostel. 

There’s a pretty homely vibe going on here, with large family-style living room, shady terrace and big kitchen.

Pros of Ivy Hostel Medellin

  • Friendly staff/owners
  • Cosy communal spaces
  • On-site bar with happy hour
  • Safe location
  • Free breakfast!

Cons of Ivy Hostel Medellin

  • Bit far away from the central Medellin
  • Can be quiet
  • Security is a little lax
  • Wi-fi is patchy
  • Lack of plugs in dorms

Should you book at Ivy Hostel Medellin?

If you’re looking for a social hostel that isn’t all about partying, then Ivy Hostel Medellin might just be for you. It’s got a fun little bar in the back yard with a daily happy hour, there’s Netflix and cable TV, a BBQ that sizzles up a storm for everyone, and tons of other cosy communal spaces.

Why Paisa City Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $44 for a 3 bed apartment with an en suite bathroom
  • Want some space? $87 for a 7 bed deluxe apartment with an en suite bathroom

This is one of the most fun party hostels in Medellin – no question. Here the happy hour isn’t just one hour: it’s eight hours long! That’s the sort of thing you’re going to get at this place. 

It’s an Aussie-run Medellin backpackers hostel that’s all about partying and the social vibe.

Pros of Paisa City Hostel Medellin

  • DEFINITELY party-centric
  • Privacy curtains
  • Drinks deals
  • Lots of free-flowing booze
  • Close to metro

Cons of Paisa City Hostel Medellin

  • Bit of a sketchy neighbourhood
  • No organisation to the fun (bit chaotic)
  • No free breakfast
  • Security is a bit lacking
  • Not enough bathrooms

Should you book at Paisa City Hostel Medellin?

If you want to party, Paisa City Hostel Medellin one should be on your shortlist. It’s got ping pong tables, drinks deals, cheap beer, and basically loads of like-minded people to hang out with. The location close to the metro means being able to get out to explore other areas of the city, too.

Why The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $7 a night for a bunk in an 8 bed mixed dorm
  • Want some space? $22 for a deluxe single private room with your own bathroom

The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel is a cool place to hang out located in LA 70, a happening area in the district of Laureles. 

Even though it’s a place to party there’s still something of a balance between the wild nights and the soaking up of culture. Salsa classes, open mic nights and language exchange keep things interesting.

Pros of The Wandering
Paisa Backpackers Hostel

  • Loads of cultural events
  • Nice bar area
  • Decent neighbourhood with nightlife
  • Bicycle hire available
  • Games to play

Cons of The Wandering
Paisa Backpackers Hostel

  • Can get pretty loud (bring earplugs)
  • No free breakfast!
  • No late check out
  • Dorms are a bit small
  • Not many bathrooms

Should you book at The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel?

If you like your party hostels to be a little more three-dimensional, rather than pure, wild debauchery, then you might like this place. There’s a nice bar here for a few drinks, some drinking games to get involved, but also cultural events like local musicians coming to play out on the terrace. It’s nice.

 

Why Black Sheep Hostel Medellin is one of the coolest hostels in Medellin

  • Cheapest Bed? $10 a night for a bunk in a 12 bed mixed dorm (en suite bathroom)
  • Want some space? $24 for a single private room with a shared bathroom

The kind of place where you get a load of nice places to hang out and a good atmosphere, all set in a local area. 

It’s a great Medellin backpackers hostel, with staff who organise loads of events and make sure everything runs smoothly; they’ll take you on a Pablo Escobar tour, for example.

Pros of Black Sheep
Hostel Medellin

  • Good social atmosphere
  • Lots of events and activities
  • On-site bar
  • Very nice outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen for making snacks

Cons of Black Sheep
Hostel Medellin

  • No air conditioning
  • Quite a walk from the nearest metro stop
  • Can turn into something of a party hostel
  • Not enough bathrooms
  • No breakfast included

Should you book at Black Sheep Hostel Medellin?

If the idea of a residential neighbourhood in Medellin sounds good to you, then the location of this top hostel in Medellin will certainly interest you. The staff here can help you sort out your itinerary around the city and even help you with onward travel too – if you need it, that is.

Conclusion

So there you go, people – those were THE best hostels in Medellin. For a city that was plagued by gang violence not too long ago, it’s really landed on its feet. Some of the Medellin backpackers hostels are truly awesome!

Of course, not everyone has the same personalities, travelling style, or budget – that’s obvious. So to we made sure to find a whole load of differing hostels so that you can find a top spot for you (and your wallet!). There really is something for everyone in this super cool city.

There is a ton of choice going on here though. If it’s confusing you even more , don’t worry: we’d recommend going for a room at Medellin Vibes Hostel. It’s the best overall hostel in Medellin: nice facilities, great location, good times. What more could you want?

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