As the TripAdvisor number one hostel in Medellín (of hostels in business at least a year), we provide what are customers want. Comfortable beds, guaranteed HOT high-pressure SHOWERS 24/7, the best WIFI (FAST and STABLE) of any hostel in Medellin Colombia, spacious common areas with wonderful views of the city, tight security, privacy when you want it, and COMMUNITY when you want it. We are proud to be one of the best hostels in Medellín!

Our newly renovated backpacker hostel features dorm rooms, private rooms, and a huge, fully equipped community kitchen on our rooftop terrace. Along with our central location adjacent to one of the largest sports recreation areas in Medellín; adding up to more value than any other cheap hostel in the city.

Our top-rated hostel has heaps of hang out space, with an expansive rooftop lounge, 30-seat big-screen TV area, and large kitchen and dining areas. But what really sets us apart from the rest of Medellín’s hostels is that we’ve always got something going on. Whether it’s a hostel dinner, movies on the rooftop, a bowling tournament down the block, you can get your night in Medellín started with us.



We welcome guests from everywhere outside of Medellín. At check in, all guests must present a valid passport. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Parents with young children must contact the hostel prior to booking. Please note that we try our best to keep people travelling together in the same room, be it private or shared accommodations. However, sometimes due to availability and/or booking patterns, we may not be able to do so. If you have a special request concerning this, please email the hostel directly.

Our guests say International House Medellín is ‘very clean, super friendly and very welcoming’ with a ‘perfect price/quality compromise’ and ‘really helpful and down-to-earth’ staff who ‘really make this place’. One Hostelworld guest review claims: “the hostel is ideal whether you want to ‘sit back and relax, party, meet new people or spend some time on your own’. The hostel also has ‘something going on every night’, like walking tours, free drinks and tickets to local soccer matches, the stadium being 15 minutes away.”

International House and Hostel Medellín is a seven-year-old American owned and run hostel located in a beautiful residential neighborhood of Medellín. Since opening in 2009, we have shot to the top position on TripAdvisor as best hostel in Medellin. Only a 10-minute cab ride (or 20 min. bus ride) from the metro station Poblado and less than ten minutes walk to a major shopping center, one of the largest supermarkets in the city and the top university for studying spanish, UPB. Plus we are only a ten to fifteen minute cab ride to the Zona Rosa ($4USD taxi, less when you share the cost!), hundreds of bars and restaurants.

Among the facilities on offer are a great tv room with Directv HD and a nice balcony to sit out on and relax. We have a large kitchen with all the modern appliances and cheap beer on sale.

The owner has lived and worked in Italy, Israel, Japan, and Cuba, and now 6 years in Colombia, and can offer a lot of advice about Medellín. Spanish and Salsa dancing classes can be found within 10-minutes walking.

We can help you book either  two Pablo Escobar tours, a free walking tour, a visit to a local brewery, paragliding and trips to neigbouring highlights like Guatape, Santa Fe de Antioquia and Rio Claro.

Best of all were a very friendly, homely  backpacker hostel owned and operated by a traveler like you.

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A central location with quick access to public transportation, including the metro, buses, and taxis.

Only 5 Minutes (three blocks) walking distance to a major shopping center, Unicentro. Two blocks from the Exito supermarket and produce store.

15 minute walk to the soccer stadium.

While you are out exploring the city during the day, our housekeeping staff makes the daily rounds in order to have the place squeaky clean and comfy when you return each evening.

  • Free linen and towels
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fully equipped guest kitchen
  • No curfew

Enjoy & Remember Great Times With Us

“We had the best time in Medellin and Joel went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Great hosts, great neighborhood, and easy access to all of Medellin. Highly recommend. ”

Katherine, August 2015

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“Joel es un tipazo! Todo estuvo en orden, tal cual descrita en su publicación, no hubo problema de nada. Todo organizado, fuimos un grupo de 14 personas y nos sentimos a gusto con el lugar, la tienda de abajo perfecto. Recomendado.”

John, August 2015

“Fantastic place. It’s in a great location with an easy walk to the city. The view from the roof is gorgeous. Wonderful host and staff. Kitchens on every level and plenty of bathrooms. You won’t regret staying here :)”