Medellín is fast climbing bucket lists around the world. Colombia’s second-largest city has experienced a recent influx of tourism from people hoping to sample the warm weather, rich culture, and breath-taking scenery. As a result, hotels and apartments have begun popping up all over, making it difficult to choose somewhere to stay that is in the right location, is value for money, and comfortable. Luckily, Laureles Factory Lofts opened in November 2019 and is a real home-away-from-home that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Only a short distance from Estadio metro station, near to UPB (Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana – one of the main universities in the city), Laureles Factory Lofts has easy access to a number of shops, restaurants, cafes, and the vibrant nightlife of La 70. The apartments have the advantage of being within walking distance to a huge selection of activities and parties, without being overwhelmed by crowded streets and noise.
Below the apartment building, guests can enjoy restaurants and bars right on their doorstep. Smash is a healthy, avocado-based restaurant with an array of delicious meals, snacks, and smoothies. Bogotá Beer Company (BBC) is a bar serving craft Colombian beers and ale, as well as bar snacks and hot food.
From the outside, the sleek, black building looks industrial with a modern flair. The monochrome coloring contrasts to the leafy green streets around it, while the chequered floor-to-ceiling windows give an air of futuristic sophistication. The building would certainly look at home in a bustling metropolitan city in the USA, and in Medellín, it has an extra special presence to it. It’s the kind of building you’d walk past and crane your neck to make sure you take in the full exterior.
The rooms and interior
Inside, the furnished studio bedrooms are very spacious, complete with a queen-size bed, sofa, dining table and chairs or a coffee table, and kitchenette area. The décor is rustic-meets-chic, with warm wooden tones contrasting against bright colors and splashes of green plants. The soft lighting emphasizes all the details that have been considered when designing the room – the spacing, color coordination, and touches that set Laureles Factory Lofts apart from generic hotels or apartments.
The rooms also have the unique ability to feel both cozy and luxurious – perfect for people who want to feel like they’re on vacation but with a familiar sense of home.
The huge windows in the bedrooms allow for plenty of natural light to fill the studio during the day, boasting an impressive view of Laureles and the mountains surrounding the city. Come nightfall, the city becomes illuminated with lights and the panoramic perspective is even more spectacular.
Adventurers can plan their daily itinerary from the sofa or while sipping a cup of fresh Colombian coffee and admiring the landscape from the window, or digital nomads can set-up their remote office at the coffee/dining table. The fiber optic internet throughout the building is fast and reliable.
Elsewhere, the bathroom is equipped with a large rainfall shower, toilet, basin, and mirror. Unlike other studios in Medellín, the bathroom can easily fit two people in at one time, without being cramped. Small toiletries and towels are supplied upon arrival, and reception is always available for other requests.
Other features include a flat-screen television, coffeemaker, kitchen utensils, blackout blinds, and a double wardrobe. All the rooms are fitted with air-conditioning to ensure comfort on particularly hot days in Medellín.
Laureles Factory Lofts has plenty to offer guests beyond the studio rooms. One of the most stylish elements of the building is the eighth-floor terrace with a pool and hot tub. Here, guests can spend the day sunbathing and relaxing, or at night, prepare for an evening on the town with cocktails.
Also worth noting is the soon-to-be-completed second-floor coworking space, where guests can make use of desks, whiteboards, meeting rooms, and other amenities that ensure traveling doesn’t halt your business.
For those who are eager to get exploring, there’s a concierge service to assist with recommendations, booking transport and tours, translations, and to generally make visitors’ time in Medellín a fantastic and memorable experience. Additionally, reception is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with staff who speak both English and Spanish – meaning the building is secure and help is on-hand, no matter the time. Similarly, when it’s time to check-out, VIP private cars can take guests to the airport.
More bonus amenities like a laundry room, on-site restaurant, and bike and scooter share outside the building mean guests have everything they could possibly need during their stay.
So, why stay here?
Laureles Factory Lofts is ideal for all types of travelers. The beauty of the building is that it provides an authentic Colombian experience with accommodation that reaches international standards. Whether people need somewhere to work remotely, to enjoy a few days of being pampered, or to have easy access to Medellín’s best sights, Laureles Factory Lofts is the perfect base.
The company behind the project
Laureles Factory Lofts is the latest project from Casacol – an investment and property company that specifically caters to foreigners traveling or looking to relocate to Medellín. Their expert staff are bilingual, have tailored recommendations on what to do in the city, and are always flexible to guests’ needs. In a mere six years, Casacol has become the largest property management service for furnished apartments in Medellín, offering honest and smart advice about where to invest.
If you’re looking to stay in El Poblado while in Medellín, check out Celestino Boutique Hotel – another of Casacol’s suave properties.
Editor’s note: This is a sponsored post.