Tip: Tiger Paw has one of the most affordable lunch specials in the area. From 12pm to 2:30pm you can have typical bandejas (platters/plates) for only 6500 pesos ($3.25 USD). Choose between beef, pork, or chicken accompanied by rice, salad, fried plantain, a soup and a glass of fresh juice. Chicken costs 1000 pesos more and lunch is not available on Sundays.
This three-storey hostel is a contemporary boutique hotel-esque property located on the trendy Carrera 35. It is completely different from Tiger Paw and Casa Kiwi because for one, it does not share the same open door policy. The hostel is for exclusive use of paid guests only.
There is no bar and bumping music to attract outside guests. If you are looking for a quiet clean place to stay, this is your spot. The age range of the clientele is very wide, but this place is more appropriate for a slightly more mature (25 plus) crowd.
At most hours of the day, the big glass front doors are kept locked, so there is no need to worry about the safety of your belongings.
The staff Marcelo, Jackie and Ricardo are very helpful and extremely outgoing. The energetic Doña Luz is responsible for keeping the place clean and boy does she ever take her job seriously. I am tempted to say that I have never stayed at a cleaner, more well-kept hostel in my life.
Geo also offers the best FREE breakfast I have ever had at a hostel. It includes bread, cheese, ham and sliced fruit served on stylish white platters. Coffee and tea are available at breakfast and throughout the day for FREE.
The only bad thing is that the breakfast is only served until 9pm, so if you are a late riser you’re s$%t out of luck.
There is a beautiful rooftop patio with a jacuzzi, however much to my disappointment, while I stayed there the jacuzzi was always out of order. Then again, that never stopped me from bragging and saying, “my hostel even has a jacuzzi on the roof.”
Tip: If you are feeling ill (which I hope you won’t be), GEO provides a free on-call doctor service – just ask at reception. It is also one of only hostels I have stayed at that has a free MAC/Apple computer available for public use.
Remember that Poblado is only of of the many districts of Medellin and there are probably many other hostels through the city that are comparable to the three that I mentioned above. If you have stayed at another good hostel, please leave a comment so others can benefit.
If you have stayed at any of the hostels I have mentioned above and you have something to add, please feel free to leave a comment.