The Best Hotels to Book in Medellín for Every Traveler
The design-forward 23 Hotel is one of the stylish accommodation options in Medellín | Courtesy of 23 Hotel / Booking.com
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.
Terra BioHotel, for an eco-friendly stay
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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.
Elcielo, for the Michelin-star chef
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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.
23 Hotel, for design-forward interiors
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When it comes to wow factor, 23 Hotel has it nailed. Its playfully eye-catching architecture – including whimsical round windows and balconies spilling over with tropical plants – sets the tone for a hotel bursting with snazzy design and innovation. Inside, swish retro decor defines the rooms, with suites offering superb tubs with views. Add a fabulous restaurant and a rather magical rooftop bar, and the result is one of Medellín’s most outstanding spots to spend the night.
EcoHub Hotel, for digital nomads
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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.
Soy Local, for long-term stays
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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.
The Charlee Hotel, for the rooftop pool
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For a luxurious yet trendy option, choose the Charlee Hotel, located across from Lleras Park. The hotel boasts a rooftop swimming pool, its own gym and funky retro-style decor. An impressive full buffet breakfast is served every morning with tropical fruits and regional products, while the in-house restaurant offers an exclusive variety of Italian and Japanese dishes.
The Art Hotel, for boutique artistry
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For an accommodation option that feels like your own apartment, in the form of a swanky modern building with all the latest mod-cons, opt for the Art Hotel in Medellín’s neighbourhood of El Poblado. This boutique hotel features exposed brick walls decorated with modern art. The rooms and suites are stylish, with designer lighting and chaise lounges.
Hotel Habana Vieja, for local character
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A popular Colombian-style bed and breakfast located just off the Avenida Poblado, Hotel Habana Vieja is a sweet little hotel that is popular with business travelers and backpackers alike. The wonderful owners and the well-kept old building give this place unbeatable character and will have you returning here time and time again.
Inntu, for the luxury spa
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Inntu is a four-star hotel in Laureles, a lovely neighborhood with a local feel, less filled with tourists than the popular barrio El Poblado. Inntu is not just a great hotel – it also boasts an excellent and extremely popular parrilla-style (grill-style) restaurant as well as a luxury spa where you can chill out after a long day of sightseeing or a night of drinking and dancing.
Sites Hotel, for five-star service
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A luxury option among the hotels in Medellín, the Sites Hotel isn’t cheap, but you certainly get five-star service. For those looking for a little more independence during their stay, self-catering facilities can be found in some of the rooms, including microwaves and refrigerators. Guests can make use of the fitness center and also relax in the hot tub.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Eve Bidmead. Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting.
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These recommendations were updated on February 27, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.