Best Areas to Stay in Medellin, Colombia

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Where to stay in Medellin – A guide to the Paisa capital

Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia.

It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Colombian Andes.

Medellin has an estimated population of 2.5 million, although it feels like it has at least double that amount. This city, full of green spaces, interesting museums, a bustling center and prosperous shopping areas, is one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America.

Its first-class restaurants, lively bars and an active night scene provide entertainment from dusk to dawn.

Moreover, its efficient metro system makes it easy to get around the city.

Located in a narrow valley, Medellin has an interesting skyline; tall apartment and office buildings on hilltops against a background of jagged peaks in all directions. Its pleasant climate gives it its nickname of “the City of Eternal Spring”.

Medellin is a bustling city, thanks to its industry and commerce, especially textile manufacturing and flower production.

El Poblado, a luxury area in the southeastern part of Medellín, has the highest concentration of hotels, restaurants and nightlife. (See accommodation in Poblado).

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Medellín

The best areas to stay in Medellin

1. Our favorite area: Laureles

Laureles is located west of the city center, in the flat heart of the Aburrá Valley, and it has long been considered one of the best upper-middle class neighborhoods in Medellín.

El Poblado has always been the place to stay for the upper class and foreigners who come to Medellín for short stays.

However, Laureles has become an increasingly popular place for foreigners looking for cheaper accommodation prices and the high quality of life that Laureles has to offer.

Laureles is next to UPB or Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, considered one of the best universities in the city (offering great Spanish courses, by the way).

Laureles is not full of tall and flashy skyscrapers like El Poblado. Laureles is predominantly an area of low residential and commercial buildings.

Its atmosphere is more commercial, urban and pedestrian-friendly compared to Poblado.

Laureles gives a more local and down-to-earth experience to any traveler, so it is considered the best area to stay in Medellin for those seeking to immerse themselves in Paisa and Colombian culture.

Laureles is also a very central neighborhood, a safe area to stay in Medellin, and it’s connected by metro and urban buses.

Best area to stay in Medellin - Laureles

Best area to stay in Medellin – Laureles

Accommodation in Laureles - Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Accommodation in Laureles – Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Why we love this area for a stay in Medellin:

  • Metro and public transport
  • High-street shopping
  • Low-key area
  • Different types of hotels
  • Lots restaurants and cafés
  • Very central location

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Laureles Loft

Hotel Laureles Loft is located in one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Medellin and offers a free daily breakfast. Estadio de Floresta metro station is 1 km away.

from US$49
Budget

Suite del Parque

Hotel Suite del Parque offers accommodation with free WiFi access in Medellín. The property is close to several places of interest. The establishment is located in the district of Laureles.

from US$24
Luxury

Hotel Laureles Plaza

The Laureles Plaza Hotel is located in one of the best areas to stay in Medellin. The property offers a hot tub, a business center, a restaurant and free WiFi.

from US$49
 

 

 

2. El Poblado

El Poblado is located about five kilometers south of downtown Medellín.

El Poblado is the neighborhood par excellence for foreigners who move to Medellín and is where most of the hotels and tourist apartments are located.

This area is home to several boutique shops and the most important shopping centers of Medellín, such as Santafé (the largest mall in Medellin), Oviedo or El Tesoro. El Poblado also houses the Zona Rosa, around Parque Lleras, Zona Rosa is a nightlife area full of nightclubs, restaurants and bars.

El Poblado is full of skyscrapers with spectacular views of the city and is very popular with foreign travelers.

This the recommended area to stay in Medellin for shopping, nightlife and food.

El Poblado also has a strong police presence and the area is considered one of the safest neighborhoods to stay in Medellín.

Safest area to stay in Medellin - El Poblado

Safest area to stay in Medellin – El Poblado

Accommodation in El Poblado - Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Accommodation in El Poblado – Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Why we love this area for a stay in Medellin:

  • Connected by metro
  • Lots of apartments
  • Best area to stay for nightlife
  • Cosmopolitan atmosphere
  • Shopping and malls
  • Bars and restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Los Patios Hostal Boutique

Los Patios Hostal Boutique is an elegant hostel located in Medellín, 400 meters from El Poblado Park and about 5 minutes’ walk from Parque Lleras area. The nearest metro station is 500 meters from the property.

from US$49
Budget

Casa Estación

Hostel Casa Estación, located in one of the best areas to stay in Medellin, offers a bar / cafeteria and free WiFi. Rooms at the Galería Estación Hostel are private or shared.

from US$15
Luxury

Sites Hotel

Located in a modern building with a terrace, hot tub and barbecue area, Sites Hotel offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a plasma TV in Medellín.

from US$79
 

 

 

3. La Candelaria (Centro)

The district of La Candelaria, known locally simply as “Centro”, is easily accessible both by metro and buses.

The Parque Berrio metro station gives direct access to Plaza Botero, full of impressive statues by the beloved Paisa artist. Next door, the Museum of Antioquia houses an excellent collection of contemporary art, including many paintings and sculptures by Botero.

Bolivar Park is only a few streets away, it is a bustling square and a good place to see the contrasts of the heart of the city.

Junín Street, which was historically the commercial heart of Medellín was recently refurbished to turn it into a charming pedestrian promenade with shops and cafes.

There are several trendy bars in the area, particularly located around La Playa and Maracaibo streets.

The inconvenience of staying in the city center is that, although during the day it is a bustling barrio, during the night it is not a safe area to stay in Medellin. It is advisable to be cautious and use taxis to move around once the sun goes down.

Where to stay in Medellín - Centro

Where to stay in Medellín – Centro

Accommodation in La Candelaria - Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Accommodation in La Candelaria – Click to see all available accommodation on a map

Why we love this area for a stay in Medellin:

  • Connected by metro
  • Cheap accommodation
  • tourist attractions
  • Heart of the city
  • Lively commercial area
  • Bars and restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

61 Prado Guesthouse

61Prado is a full service European style accommodation located in Medellin, in the exclusive residential and historical neighborhood of Prado. Free WiFi is available in the entire property.

from US$24
Budget

Hotel El Deportista

Hotel El Deportista is located in the Bombona district of Medellín, a 5-minute walk from San Antonio Metro Station. In addition, it has free WiFi and coffee available 24 hours.

from US$15
Luxury

Hotel Nutibara

Hotel Nutibara is an excellent hotel located in the center of Medellin, next to the Palace of Culture and the Parque Berrio metro station. It offers accommodation with views of the city and has free WiFi access.

from US$48
 

 

 

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