The best area for hotels in Medellín is El Poblado. It’s the city’s entertainment district and has the majority of good accommodation. There are several options for every budget, from hostels and budget hotels to business class and luxury hotels.
Hotel du Parc Royal
The best place I’ve stayed at is Hotel du Parc Royal (June 2017). It’s only two blocks from Parque Lleras yet the rooms were quiet enough to sleep at night (full disclosure: it was in the middle of the week, so maybe the weekends are a bit noisier). The rooms are huge, complete with a kitchen, and have comfortable beds and nice bathrooms. The staff is attentive and helpful and the breakfast buffet is decent.
Pixel House Hospedaje
This guesthouse is a bit out of the way from the city’s attractions, but it was perfect for my short stay with the car (July 2017). Pixel House is located in a safe and quiet residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from Parque Lleras and a few minutes walk to Aguacatala metro station. The room was very functional with a wall of cabinets to store my things, power outlets right next to the bed, a fridge, a small desk, and a decent bathroom.
Hostel Relax 10
I’ve stayed twice at Hostel Relax 10. They offer dorm rooms and private rooms. Staff is very friendly and they make a nice breakfast in the morning. Prices are reasonable. For a dorm room with three other friends, we each paid COP$40,000 a night. The only negative is the noise from the clubs outside and only two rooms have windows, both on the upper floor.
Our group in August 2014 had originally planned to stay at Sunshine Hostel, also in El Poblado, but they gave our room away without notifying us. It happened to be during the busiest time of year as well, and the staff was indifferent. We weren’t happy about it. There are much better hostels, anyway.
When my father visited, we stayed at the Novelty Suites (January 2015). It’s very near a beautiful mall, Centro Comercial Oviedo. The rooms were nice and comfortable. We really enjoyed the helpful and friendly staff.
Hostel Tamarindo Inn
On another visit with Marisol, we stayed at the Hostal Tamarindo Inn, located just a block from Parque El Poblado. We weren’t too impressed. The room was comfortable, but the sink was leaking leaving a puddle of water in the bathroom, wifi didn’t work in the room, and to pay by credit card was a pain because they didn’t have a machine on-site. We paid COP$75,000 for a double.