Where to stay in Medellin – What you need to know

Medellín is one of the most important cities in Colombia, known (among other things) for being the Colombia’s fashion capital, as well as for its importance for the coffee industry of the South American country.

Where to stay in Medellin - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay in Medellin – Best areas and hotels

Medellin is called “the city of eternal spring” because of its lovely weather during most of the year, with average temperatures of 21ºC that make visiting the city a pleasure, no matter the season. These privileged climatic conditions are due to Medellin’s location in the Aburrá Valley, on the central mountain range of the Andes, in northern Colombia.

When moving through the 328 km² that make up Medellin, the metro (with its 27 stations) is the best option. This transport system covers a large number of areas and, in the central plot of its route, borders the Medellin River. The capital of Antioquia also has a metrocable that connects the most remote neighborhoods of the city with other areas and is a popular tourist attraction.

Among the many emblematic corners of Medellin, the Plaza Botero (Botero Square), located in the Historic Center of the city, stands out the most. This square is home to 23 bronze sculptures by renowned paisa artist Fernando Botero and it is a place you can not miss seeing when you travel to Medellín.

When choosing where to stay in Medellin, you should take into account that the cost of accommodation is, as in Bogota, higher than in other cities of Colombia and that it is especially high during August because of the Feria de las Flores (Flower Fair) and Christmas. However, you can always find good deals.

As for the best areas to stay in Medellin, El Poblado and its nightlife is ideal for travelers looking to discover what the parties in Medellin are like (See accommodation in Poblado). On the other hand, La Candelaria is a good neighborhood to stay if you want to be close to the main tourist attractions of Medellin (See accommodation in La Candelaria).

Below is a list with the best areas to stay in Medellin. In addition to the information of the different districts, we have also included a small security section to take into account when choosing the safest area to stay in Medellin.

Accommodation options in Medellin

Hotels in Medellin

The best hotels to stay in the city of eternal spring.

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Hostels in several areas of Medellin.


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Guesthouses, B&Bs and pensions

Pensions, bed and breakfast and guesthouses in Medellín.

Best areas to stay in Medellin

El Poblado

El Poblado is the best area to stay in Medellin due to its wide gastronomic and cultural offer for all types of visitors. It is the right place to stay if you are looking to dive right into the lively rumba paisa since it is where most of the clubs and bars in the city are located.

Also known as the “Zona Rosa” in Medellin, Poblado is the home of the Parque Lleras, a popular square on weekends because of a large number of restaurants and entertainment options that surround it.

Among the main attractions of El Poblado are the Museo Castillo, a building in a medieval Gothic style that, inspired by the castles of the Loire Valley in France, offers spectacular views of the capital of Antioquia and gardens ideal for picnics.

El Poblado is also a good place to go shopping, as it houses the SantaFé Shopping Center, a mall of great relevance for its international stores.

In this exclusive neighborhood you will find luxury chain hotels like Dann Carlton, Holiday Inn and NH.
In addition, El Poblado connects with the rest of Medellín by metro (line A), including its own station (Poblado).

Safety: El Poblado is the safest area to stay in Medellin.

Where to stay in Medellin - Poblado

Where to stay in Medellin – Poblado

Safest areas to stay in Medellin - Poblado

Safest areas to stay in Medellin – Poblado

Medellin - El Poblado - Click to see all hotels on a map

Medellin – El Poblado – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great nightlife
  • Zona Rosa
  • Luxury hotels
  • Amazing food
  • Parque Lleras
  • Connected by metro
  • Castle Museum

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    14 Urban Hotel
    is located in Medellín, in the district of El Poblado. All rooms include a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. – from US$59.

  • Budget Option

    Summer Wind Hotel is located in Medellín and offers a shared lounge. The rooms at the Summer Wind Hotel have free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with a shower.- from US$24 .

  • Midrange Option

    Plaza Granada Hotel Boutique is set in a picturesque Medellin building with a stone facade, it offers rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. – from US$40 .

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel Dann Carlton Medellín offers luxurious rooms with a seating area, outdoor pool and spa. The Hotel is located in the El Poblado area, 3 blocks from the San Fernando Casino. – from US$109 .

 

 

 

Laureles – Estadio

Laureles – Estadio is among the best areas to stay in Medellin for its excellent location west of the city center and its metro connections, with stations such as Estadio, Suramericana, and Floresta.

This district is known for the Atanasio Girardot Stadium, home to professional soccer clubs such as the Atlético Nacional, making it a good accommodation option to attend sporting events.

Laureles – Estadio also houses the headquarters of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, an important Colombian university that adds a youth element to the entire district.

As far as entertainment options are concerned, this area offers a large number of restaurants (mostly concentrated in the Carrera 70 or 70th Avenue) where you can enjoy the typical Colombian dish: Bandeja Paisa.

Laureles – Estadio also has malls such as Unicentro that are ideal for shopping and bars to enjoy beers or Aguardiente, the traditional Colombian liquor (also known as guaro) in a more local environment than in Poblado.

Safety: Laureles – Estadio is one of the safest areas to stay in Medellin

Stay in Laureles - Estadio, Medellín

Stay in Laureles – Estadio, Medellín

Estadio Station - Medellin's metro

Estadio Station – Medellin’s metro

Medellín - Laureles - Click to see all hotels on a map

Medellín – Laureles – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Estadio Atanasio Girardot
  • Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
  • Great metro connections
  • Amazing food
  • Carrera 70

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Lincoln
    Located in the Laureles – Estadio de Medellín area, it features a fitness center, solarium and a terrace. – from US$45.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Recuerdos del Estadio offers free Wi-Fi and is located in Medellín, 600 meters from 70 Avenue. The hotel rooms have a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. – from US$19 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Asturias Medellin is located just 500 meters from the Unicentro shopping center in Medellín and offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi. The rooms feature cable TV, a desk and a private bathroom. – from US$39 .

  • Luxury Option

    Inntu Hotel offers free wifi, American breakfast and spa and is located in Medellin. It is 1 km from the Estadio subway station and houses a restaurant. – from US$109 .

 

 

 

La Candelaria

La Candelaria is one of the best areas to stay in Medellin because of its proximity to the main tourist attractions of the city since it is the historic center of the capital of Antioquia.

This neighborhood includes the Plaza Botero (also known as Sculpture Square), the Palacio de Cultura and the Museo de Antioquia (Museum of Antioquia), with exhibitions dedicated to the work of the Medellin artist Fernando Botero.

La Candelaria is a good accommodation option if you want to go shopping, thanks to places such as the Palacio Nacional and outlets where you can find excellent deals on footwear and clothing.

This area also stands out for its numerous parks and squares such as the Pies Descalzos Park, with fountains, a Zen garden and a bamboo forest that is also called “forest of the lovers” by the paisas.

La Candelaria connects with the rest of Medallo along lines A and B of the metro, with stations such as Cisneros, Exposiciones, San Antonio and Prado.

Safety: La Candelaria is not one of the safest areas to stay in Medellín, so caution is advised, especially at night.

Accommodation near Plaza Botero - La Candelaria - Medellin

Accommodation near Plaza Botero – La Candelaria – Medellin

Best areas to stay in Medellin - La Candelaria

Best areas to stay in Medellin – La Candelaria

Medellin - La Candelaria - Click to see all hotels on a map

Medellin – La Candelaria – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Plaza Botero
  • Museo de Antioquia
  • Palacio de Cultura
  • Connected by metro
  • Parque Pies Descalzos
  • Great shopping centers

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Mi Colombia is located in Medellín, just 400 meters from Plaza Botero. It offers a 24-hour reception service, free Wi-Fi and breakfast upon request. – from US$34.

  • Budget Option

    Hotel Normandia offers rooms with plasma TV and free WiFi in Medellín, 300 meters from Botero Park. The property houses a restaurant that serves international dishes. – from US$19.

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Medellin Kapital offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi. The property also has a fitness center, a shared lounge and a restaurant serving local and Latin American dishes. – from US$33 .

 

 

 

Plaza Mayor

Although technically, Plaza Mayor is part of the city center, it is an area that deserves to be mentioned separately due to its important cultural movement that includes the Metropolitan Theater of Medellin.

Within Plaza Mayor, there is also a convention and exhibition center, where fairs and congresses are held, mostly dedicated to business. Therefore, this is one of the best areas to stay in Medellin for business travelers, with several business hotels in its surroundings.

Plaza Mayor connects with the rest of the Antioquia capital by metro, with stations such as Alpujarra (line A) and Cisneros (line B) within its perimeter.

Safety: During the day, there should be no problem when walking around Plaza Mayor. However, at night it is not one of the safest areas to stay in Medellin and caution is advised, particularly in the poorly lit and lonely streets.

Where to stay in Medellin - Plaza Mayor

Where to stay in Medellin – Plaza Mayor

Medellín - Plaza Mayor - Click to see all hotels on a map

Medellín – Plaza Mayor – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Business-type hotels
  • Teatro Metropolitano de Medellín
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Connected through metro

HAND-PICKED HOTELS IN THIS AREA

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Boutique Plaza
    is located in Medellín, 600 meters from Pueblito Paisa and 1.9 km from 70 Avenue, it offers accommodation with a garden, shared lounge and free Wi-Fi. – from US$29.

 

 

 

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