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Best Overall: Estelar Square – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"For many guests, the highlight of this hotel is its rooftop sundeck and swimming pool. Come to cool off while reveling in the spectacular city views."
Best Budget: 61Prado Guesthouse – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Just before sunset, grab a glass of wine from the bar and head up to the rooftop terrace to watch as dusk falls over the city."
Best for Families: Novelty Suites Hotel Medellin – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Consider taking turns to look after the kids and using your time off duty to visit the sauna and Turkish bath."
Best for Romance: Medellin Marriott Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Upgrade to a concierge-level stay for access to an exclusive lounge with panoramic city and mountain views."
Best Boutique: Patio del Mundo – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Wander amongst the banana, orange, and avocado trees to a bougainvillea-lined deck complete with a sunken Jacuzzi."
Best Nightlife: The Charlee Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"On Wednesdays, the bar hosts a live salsa band, and on other nights live DJs spin the hottest tunes late into the night."
Best Business: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Head to the spa for a massage or a session in the Turkish baths, or catch some Colombian sunshine on the solarium terrace."
"If you’d rather relax at the hotel, work on your tan by the heated outdoor pool or head to the spa for an indulgent massage."
Best Hostel: Los Patios Hostel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"This award-winning property is divided between two neighboring buildings and offers dormitories and private rooms."
Best Overall: Estelar Square
Located in the upscale expatriate neighborhood El Poblado, Estelar Square receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor for its spacious, contemporary rooms and helpful staff. Rooms come with one King bed or two Twin, and are stylishly decorated with pale wood floors and a neutral color scheme of beige, brown, and white. Each one comes with free Wi-Fi, a TV, and a minibar.
For many guests, the highlight of this hotel is its rooftop sundeck and swimming pool. Come to cool off while reveling in the spectacular city views. There's also a spa and beauty salon, as well as a gym for those that like to keep up with their workout routine on vacation.
Work up an appetite? Dine at Primavera Restaurant's magnificent breakfast buffet every morning where you can also get à la carte Colombian specialties for lunch and dinner. After your evening meal, make your way up to the 16th floor for hand-crafted cocktails and national liquors at the bar.
Estelar Square also caters to business guests with a choice of three meeting rooms, while airport transfers can be arranged for a small additional fee.
Best Budget: 61Prado Guesthouse
61Prado Guesthouse is the perfect choice for budget travelers. It’s located in the authentic, architecturally rich Prado neighborhood, with good connections to downtown via the nearby metro. Guests say that the guesthouse is quaint, clean, and quiet, with a rustic style that includes exposed wooden ceiling beams and stone floors. The cheapest rooms share a bathroom, but a few extra pesos gets you a private en suite. Junior Suites sleep four, making them ideal for families or friends on a shoestring budget. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and a TV.
Plan to enjoy a meal or two at the restaurant, which is open 24 hours a day and serves simple, but delicious local cuisine. Just before sunset, grab a glass of wine from the bar and head up to the rooftop terrace to watch as dusk falls over the city. Other useful amenities at this charming, historic hotel include a laundry service and covered parking, while the friendly, well-trained staff help to make travelers feel at home.
Best for Families: Novelty Suites Hotel Medellin
Also located in affluent El Poblado, Novelty Suites Hotel Medellin provides a safe and comfortable base for exploring the city. It's an especially good choice for families, thanks to its convenient self-catering suites. Decide whether you want one or two bedrooms, then benefit from the extra space afforded by separate living, dining, and sleeping areas. All suites include Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV, with cots available upon request. The highlight is the full kitchen – handy for preparing late-night bottles or whipping up 6 a.m. snacks. Best of all, it includes a dishwasher.
Fuel up before a morning sightseeing session at the free buffet breakfast. When you get back, the rooftop terrace is a scenic spot for a relaxed afternoon. The lobby restaurant serves international cuisine for lunch and dinner, while child-friendly restaurants like McDonald’s and Hard Rock Café can be found within a few hundred meters of the hotel. Consider taking turns to look after the kids and using your time off to visit the sauna and Turkish bath.
Best for Romance: Medellin Marriott Hotel
Located within walking distance of Parque Lleras in El Poblado, Medellin Marriott Hotel is a luxurious contemporary hotel perfect for romantic getaways. Take the time to enjoy one another’s company during a sunbathing session by the spectacular terrace swimming pool; or book a side-by-side massage at the spa. At mealtimes, there are two restaurants to choose from. The Market is a fresh, open kitchen concept that allows you to create your own pizzas, salads, and sandwiches using locally sourced ingredients. For gourmet sushi and cocktails, book a table at Nau.
All rooms and suites spoil with pillow-top mattresses, premium movie channels, a mini-fridge, and 24-hour room service. Upgrade to a concierge-level stay for access to an exclusive lounge with panoramic city and mountain views. Here, you’ll be given the VIP treatment with a complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. The Presidential Suite affords the ultimate romantic experience for those celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon, with a decadent soaking tub that overlooks the city through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Best Boutique: Patio del Mundo
Set amid a tropical garden in the heart of El Poblado, this beautiful small hotel offers a completely unique, boutique accommodation experience. Originally a traditional Colombian house, it has been exquisitely renovated by its French owners to recreate a journey around the world. The social spaces are inspired by Colombia and adorned with local artworks and artisan crafts. Each of the seven rooms represents a different international destination, from India to Provence. The Out of Africa and Santa Fe rooms have private Jacuzzis; while the Cartagena de Indias room boasts its own private terrace and hammock.
Whichever you choose, you’ll spend much of your time in the hotel’s magical garden. Wander among the banana, orange, and avocado trees to a bougainvillea-lined deck complete with a sunken Jacuzzi. Enjoy evening sundowners on the terrace pergola, which also doubles as a setting for a mouthwatering breakfast spread every morning with local fruits and French pastries, cooked-to-order eggs, and aromatic Colombian coffee. Private yoga classes, massages, and beauty treatments can all be arranged upon request.
Best Nightlife: The Charlee Hotel
Situated in Medellin’s famous Parque Lleras nightlife district, The Charlee Hotel is an art-driven property for those that want to party. Every evening, mingle with the city’s beautiful people at Envy rooftop lounge and bar and its accompanying aquarium-style pool and 17th-floor city panoramas. On Wednesdays, the bar hosts a live salsa band, and on other nights live DJs spin the hottest tunes late into the night. Alternatively, Almanegra Trattoria Bar double as an Italian restaurant and concert venue, with live soul, blues, gypsy jazz, or Flamenco every Thursday through Saturday. Work off the previous night’s excesses during the day with a workout at trendy Ultra Wellness Center.
There are 42 rooms to choose from at The Charlee Hotel, all with a furnished balcony, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and Direct TV. Each one is adorned with furnishings imported from Malaysia and Bali; while every floor doubles as a curated art gallery. Upgraded room categories include a teppanyaki grill (with a chef to cook the Japanese cuisine for you) and/or a hydromassage Jacuzzi.
Best Business: Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro
Although some find the decor bland, this five-star hotel is geared towards corporate stays. It’s conveniently located in the business district and offers a choice of comfortable meeting rooms. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel's 168 rooms, each with a work desk, cable TV, and a minibar.
Feeling tired after a busy day? Call up room service and order in. If you’d like some company, Ocre Restaurant specializes in native Colombian cuisine, while the bars and restaurants of El Poblado are a short walk away.
When you’re not working, there are plenty of ways to relax. Head to the spa for a massage or a session in the Turkish baths, or catch some Colombian sunshine on the solarium terrace. There’s also a full gym for those that like to work out when they travel. Other useful facilities at Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro include a 24-hour reception, a laundry service, and complimentary self-parking. Private transfers are available for an additional fee.
Best Luxury: NH Collection Royal Medellin
NH Collection Royal Medellin is one of the city’s most well-liked five-star hotels. Located in swanky El Poblado, its chic, minimalist interiors are adorned with modern art, and all 135 rooms and suites offer top-quality bedding and soundproofing.
Standard amenities include a Nespresso coffee machine, a minibar, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. For the most luxurious experience, spread out in a suite with a spacious separate living room and elevated city views. Room service is available around the clock.
Ask the knowledgeable Guest Relations team for insider recommendations and help with restaurant and tour reservations. If you’d rather relax at the hotel, work on your tan by the heated outdoor pool or head to the spa for an indulgent massage. Breakfast is a gourmet combination of continental buffet items and cooked-to-order hot dishes, while the restaurant serves international cuisine with a local twist. Pegasus Bar is your go-to for fine Colombian coffee, which Medellin is known for, cocktails, and twice-weekly live piano concerts. The hotel provides free parking and a paid airport shuttle.
Best Hostel: Los Patios Hostel
Located within walking distance of Parque Lleras, Los Patios Hostel is a one-of-a-kind destination for backpackers and digital nomads. Named as the best hostel in Colombia and Latin America in 2019, this award-winning property is divided between two neighboring buildings and offers dormitories and private rooms. All rooms come with high-speed Wi-Fi and free towels, and some have private balconies.
Play pool in the recreation room, work on an article in the social co-working spaces, or chill out with a book in the hammock area. Coffee is available for free around the clock, and there’s a gym on the rooftop. Daily activities (many of them complimentary) range from salsa lessons and yoga classes to Spanish school and bicycle rentals. In the evening, browse the organic garden for the ingredients needed to cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen, then head up to the rooftop bar for a party overlooking the city skyline.