The holiday season begins this week and a lot of people will be traveling.
Medellin is a great destination.
The grand display of Christmas lights along the Rio Medellin is a must-see attraction.
Now you just have to decide where to stay in the city, and if you don’t have family or friends, we have some recommendations for you.
These are our Top 10 hotels in the city, a variety that tries to factor all amenities of each locale, such as cleanliness, dining, entertainment, gymnasiums/spas, and location, and whether or not the cost is right for what you receive.
As a bonus, we’ve updated our Best Hostels post from last year. It is now a Top 10, instead of just a Top 5.
Among these 20 options, you should be able to find the place that’s right for you when you are here.
1. Inntu Hotel
One of the city’s newest five-star lodging options is also its best.
The rooms are all so clean and from the rooftop there is a fantastic view of the city, including the Laureles neighborhood where the hotel is located.
On the first floor there is a great parrilla, or grill-style, restaurant, and there are other specialty restaurants nearby such as Il Massimo (Italian), La Bodeguita Havanera (Cuban), Peru Mix (Peruvian fusion) and Sushi House (Asian fusion), and the hotel can recommend anything you need as far as tours or navigating the city.
The Inntu has a beautiful spa too.
Perhaps my favorite part of the hotel, though, is their eco-friendly features. Workers use collected rainwater to clean the floors, and the lights on each floor are sensor-operated and remain off if no one is there.
These features earned the hotel finalist status in a competition in Buenos Aires to determine which hotel is the most environmentally friendly in South America.
They might not have come in first there, but they did here.
I remember watching this place develop, first as the shell of a building, then with a little more color, and finally with everything coming together to create the beautiful five-star hotel you see before you today.
Maybe you wouldn’t say that seeing this is as spectacular as watching Michelangelo paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel but you could admit to feeling something special, knowing this was urban infill at its best, finding a space in the core of a bustling metropolitan area and filling it with something useful, instead of perpetuating the urban sprawl that overwhelms to many places.
I would know. I lived in Florida for seven years.
So in this hotel where art and elegance collide, you’ll find beautiful rooms with large balconies, and best of all, a memorable stay.
The staff is happy to help suggest ways you can see all the beautiful things outside your hotel. Just ask.
If we had to guess, the word lifestyle is used in the title as a subliminal reference to lifestyles of the rich and famous, because that’s the feeling you get when you are here.
The place is dripping in luxury.
There’s Lucia, the fancy Italian restaurant on the first floor. There’s the gym upstairs that even local residents pay to use, some of them models. There’s the library on the second floor, the comfortable couches to read and relax. And there’s Envy, the rooftop club known for its high-end clientele.
Oh, and the rooms. You should see the rooms, some of them with their own grill and cooking station out on the balcony overlooking Parque Lleras.
Questions about the city? The Charlee can make sure you see Medellin’s best side.
This hotel will spoil you.
If I didn’t want to be surrounded by party people, there’s no doubt I would stay at the San Fernando Plaza Hotel.
It has a beautiful and modest grace about it, from the lobby to the rooms, and I love that the pool is on the 8th floor, next to the hotel restaurant.
Speaking of dining, if you want to eat out, you don’t have to go far.
The hotel is part of the San Fernando Plaza, home to several great restaurants, including my favorite Mexican restaurant in the city, Sabor A Mexico.
If you leave the plaza, you’re right on the Milla de Oro, or Golden Mile, one of the richest areas of the city and a beautiful place to take a walk.
5. Art Hotel
Like the Charlee, the Art Hotel puts you in the middle of the action.
It’s halfway between Parque Lleras and Parque Poblado, two parks that fill with partygoers every weekend.
It’s across the street from Babylon, the best place to go on Thursdays, when ladies get in free and drink for free until 1 a.m., and guys pay 30,000 pesos (about $16) to get for free drinks until the same early morning hour.
My favorite part is the Art Deco feel to the place. I stayed here during my first trip ever to Medellín and loved it.
It might not be as extravagant as some of the other hotels, but it’s just as comfortable and I would recommend it to anyone.
Another Laureles location, this hotel gives you a variety of rooms, including those that would serve a handful of kids, great for a family on vacation. All the rooms are very clean and nice.
Downstairs there is a nice restaurant, a computer room with free Internet, and a big conference room. On the second floor you can find a gym and sauna.
La 70, or Avenida 70, a two-mile strip of bars and restaurants, is a quick walk away.
If you’re headed that way, take a picture of the big church outside. It’s one of the prettier structures in the city.
Atletico Nacional is probably the most popular futbol team in Colombia, and Estadio Real lets fans from other parts of the country get up close to the action.
It’s only four blocks from the stadium, Estadio Atanasio Girardot, as well as the Centro Comercial Obelisco, home to Tropical Blue, one of the best sports bars in the city to watch a game.
If Estadio Real is full, don’t hesitate to stay at the nearby Hotel Casa Mayor (http://www.hotelcasamayor.com.co).
Same owners. Same quality. Same great experience.
You can’t miss this place.
It’s the first hotel you see as you head south on Avenida Poblado and enter La Milla de Oro.
Sure, the rooms are nice and hotel is fancy, especially with the rotating Tony Roma’s restaurant on top, but what I always notice is the latest culinary promotion downstairs.
Outside there is a new sign, every month or so, to say this month one of the hotel restaurants has an Argentine theme, or a French theme, or fill-in-the-blank-and-they’ll-have-it theme.
Because I live in Medellin, I have no reason to stay there. But I might stop by some night for a meal.
A new friend I made recently stayed at the Ibis and he had good things to say.
Nice rooms, good location, nearby amenities.
1. The rooms are clean and comfortable.
2. It’s located in Poblado, but not in the heart of Parque Lleras, so it’s a little more quiet.
Yeah, it’s not a bad place.
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