Top 3 hostels in Medellin, Colombia for 2022

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Medellin, Colombia has grown in popularity over the past 5 years due to its year-round spring temperatures, affordable cost of living, and great infrastructure for digital nomads. While the pandemic crippled things for more than a year, Colombia is back on the radar of most backpackers and digital nomads as it is now one of the only countries in the world without testing requirements or quarantine for entry. I spent over two months at what is considered the the 3 best hostels in Medellin Colombia and this article will go through everything you will need to know to choose the right one for you.

While these hostels certainly have some similarities, the differences can make or break your trip to Medellin depending on the type of traveler you are.

Breakfast in Rango
Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

Are Medellin hostels safe?

Before we jump right into the 3 best hostels in Medellin, the question I get asked the most is: are hostels safe? All of the hostels I have stayed in offered varying levels of security, but I felt safe in all three and would not hesitate to stay there again in terms of security.

As soon as I walk through the hostel door, things change quickly. Although I have never been a victim myself, Medellin is very well known right now for tourist theft and it is a daily occurrence in the tourist areas of Poblado and Laureles. I’m not here for the security debate, but any city where you are told to wear a decoy phone, take off all your jewelry, and leave your wallet at home for me is a red flag. While Medellin has made a lot of progress over the past 10 years, it is still a semi-dangerous place to visit. Read our top tips for staying safe in Medellin.

Rango Boutique Inn
Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

Top 3 hostels in Medellin for 2022

`1. Rango Boutique Hostel

Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

What type of traveler is Rango Boutique Hostel for?

  • Digital nomads
  • Solo travelers
  • Remote workers
  • Long term travelers
  • Breakfast lover
  • Couples
  • Travelers
  • Comfort-conscious travelers
  • Be in the middle of the action but sleep well
Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

Rango Hostel was definitely my favorite among the best hostels in Medellin. The hostel offers 24 hour security, exceptional breakfast, jacuzzi, cafe and restaurant from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, comfortable beds, daily housekeeping and free towels.

Other amenities include:

  • 24 hour free coffee
  • Coworking spaces
  • 2 roof terraces
  • shared dormitories
  • Private rooms
  • private suites
  • park, city lights and river views
  • table football, ping-pong table
  • rooftop bar
  • Private traveler whatsapp group for all guests
Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

For me, the big difference in Rango was that I felt like home away from home. The staff are very friendly and treat you like family. They will go out of their way to make sure you have a great stay and will quickly learn your name. Need an extra blanket, a clean towel or more soap? Just ask the daily housekeepers who are always there to help.

Let’s talk about private rooms! They go way beyond other hostels in town and are as nice as any hotel room. Rango Boutique is the only hostel to offer refrigerators in private rooms!

Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

Other things to note:

  • More of a chic and relaxed digital nomad vibe
  • female travelers can feel safe
  • quiet at night to sleep
  • best city location within 5 mins walk to all bars, restaurants, nightclubs, ATMs, convenience stores and pharmacies in Poblado
  • Great vibe for digital nomads who aren’t looking to party all the time
  • Shared kitchen
  • Facing a magnificent park and river
  • Full most of the time so book early

Check prices at Rango store

Picture: Rango Boutique Hostel

2. Masaya

Masaya is the newest hostel and coliving hotel in town and by far the largest. If you’re looking for the best amenities, this is where you’ll want to stay. This property offers stunning rooftop views of the city with a heated outdoor swimming pool. There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars on the property offering both pub food like wings and burgers to cook on rooftop bowls.

What type of traveler is Masaya for?

  • Digital nomads who want a lively atmosphere
  • Travelers who want a swimming pool
  • Travelers who prefer to stay on the property
  • A mix of all travelers
  • Think ‘Selina’ but in Medellin
  • Friends traveling together and large groups
Picture: Masaya Medellin

Other amenities include:

  • 2 rooftop lounges
  • coworking spaces (paid)
  • heated rooftop swimming pool
  • 3 restaurants
  • 2 bars
  • Security
  • free towels and soap
  • daily housekeeping
  • pool table
  • shared kitchen
  • shared dormitories
  • Private rooms
  • suites
Picture: Masaya Medellin

Masaya is an amazing hostel / hotel that offers the most amenities of the three properties, but its size comes at a cost. Due to the size of this large hostel / hotel it loses all personal touch and the staff go cold. Meeting people can be difficult because it is very scattered and very busy. There are no organized activities and no daily list of events. In addition, it is the only establishment in the top 3 that does not offer free coffee. A big downside is that the roof and the pool are fully open to the public so the pool is always crowded on sunny days.

Masaya swimming pool
Picture: Masaya Medellin

Tip: do not have breakfast included. It’s two eggs and a slice of toast. This is your only option.

Private rooms are where Masaya really failed. Looks cute but lack of comfort. They are expensive and do not include refrigerators. The beds were not comfortable and the linens were of the poorest quality.

Masaya has the amenities that other hostels don’t, but the hostel has the path of friendliness and the little things that make a stay comfortable and welcoming.

Masaya Private Room
Picture: Masaya Medellin

Other things to note about Masaya:

  • Great location 8 minutes walk from all the best restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Poblado.
  • Ideal for groups of friends
  • One of the best rooftop views in town
  • Hello Burger on the main level has great burgers and wings
  • Daily housekeeping staff are friendly
  • No organized activities
  • Lively atmosphere but above all calm at night

Check prices at Masaya

Picture: Masaya Medellin

3. Hostel Los Patios

Are you ready to let off steam in Medellin? Los Patios Hostel is the perfect place if you are in Medellin to party and meet people. Prepare for a non-stop rooftop party coupled with pub crawls that leave at 11:00 p.m. and don’t return to the hostel until 5:00 a.m. The hostel can be loud at night, but the music goes out around midnight. What doesn’t turn off is when everyone comes back at 5:00 a.m. Be sure to bring some earplugs or join in the fun.

Image: Auberge Los Patios

What type of traveler is Los Patios Hostel for?

  • Solo travelers
  • Party people
  • Young travelers
  • Budget backpackers
  • Night club lovers
  • You want to experience Medellin’s party scene

Los Patios is still one of the best hostels in Medellin and the staff are very friendly. They make you feel right at home and keep you up to date with all the daily activities and tours in the city. The rooftop terrace offers nightly events such as language exchanges, salsa lessons, and dance parties with a DJ. There is also a rooftop swimming pool, 2 bars and a restaurant.

Image: Auberge Los Patios

Other amenities include:

  • rooftop terrace
  • coworking spaces
  • rooftop swimming pool
  • restaurant
  • 2 bars
  • Security
  • free towels and soap
  • daily housekeeping
  • shared kitchen
  • shared dormitories
  • Private rooms
  • suites
  • 24 hour free coffee
  • Daily and nightly planned activities
Roof of Los Patios
Image: Auberge Los Patios

Other things to note about Los Patios Hostel:

  • Location is in Manila’s trendy neighborhood of Poblado
  • 12 minutes walk from Lleras Park
  • Great for solo travelers to meet people
  • Friendly and helpful reception staff
  • Great atmosphere and lots of activities planned

Travelers tip: Book early as it’s full most of the time

Check prices in Los Patios

Los Patios Private Room
Image: Auberge Los Patios

These are among the top 3 most visited and rated hostels in Medellin to stay in in 2022. While I liked something about each of the properties, the Rango Boutique Hostel was definitely my favorite. Tell me in the comments where you stayed !?

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