Found in the verdant Aburrá Valley in the Andes, Medellín caters to budget backpackers and five-star-luxury seekers alike. It is known as the City of Eternal Spring thanks to the equatorial climate – while here, make sure you ride the Metrocable up to Parque Arví and feast on bandeja paisa, Antioquia’s iconic dish. From the Festival of the Flowers in August to El Alumbrado light festival in December, there’s plenty to see in this Colombian city. Enjoy spring all year round at these top hotels in Medellín, all bookable with Culture Trip.
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It won’t come as a surprise with a name like Terra BioHotel that sustainability is at the heart of everything they do here. From its lush vertical gardens to solar-powered heating, you won’t find a more eco-friendly hotel in Medellín. Its tree-lined Conquistadores neighborhood is one of the city center’s greener spots, too, with iconic Nutibara Hill just a couple of blocks away. Ask for one of the upper-floor rooms, and you’ll be treated to a balcony with spectacular cityscape views.
From its industrial-chic architecture to elegantly crafted interiors, Elcielo is a hotel that oozes class. Opened in 2021, it has quickly established itself as one of the best hotels in Medellín, largely thanks to its landmark dining by Michelin-star Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos, known simply as Juanma, whose restaurants span from Miami to Washington DC. Head to the rooftop terrace for a dip in the gorgeous pool while taking in panoramic views that stretch as far as the surrounding sierra.
Clean, green and not far from Poblado’s popular retail scene, EcoHub Hotel is for hard-working travelers who want to get away from the noisy neighbors in Parque Lleras. This 38-room hotel in Medellín means business, catering to execs and digital nomads that prefer dizzying download speeds and blackout blinds to attacks of alcohol-induced amnesia.
For travelers looking to outstay their welcome in the lively part of Poblado, Soy Local’s 12 loft-style apartments offer long-stayers the familiarity of living like a paisa (Medellín local). Industrial, exposed-brick interiors extend the invitation to stay a while, as do the stocked minibars and smart jacuzzi tubs in some units. Make the most of the built-in kitchens, trendy beer garden and close proximity to some of the busiest bars and restaurants in town.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Eve Bidmead. Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting.
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