Wow I couldn't believe how many negative reviews were posted. I LOVE THE PITSTOP. I should preface by saying we stayed in the two best rooms in the hostel Reidys Pad and Hilton. Both are well worth it. Reidys pad is the quietest and has a nice private patio. Hilton has a nicer bathroom but is over check in so noisier and no patio. Both private rooms were hotel quality. I used the public bathrooms (they have quite a few) and they were all cleaned and well maintained.
Yes this is a party hostel, however they have a VERY strict no noise after midnight policy. A big Colombia guy that works the night desk will keep telling you to be quiet towards midnight, and then when midnight hits, he's shuffling you into your room or the TV room. Totally fair.
You can walk about 8 minutes to the nightlife but cabs in Medellin are cheap.
The pool is a nice touch but the STEAM ROOM (turkish steam / sauna) is easily missed and a very nice touch to the hostel. They would turn it on anytime without a fee. The basketball court isn't the greatest because it is tiled and causes the ball to bounce in an odd manor. The bar staff do a good job about showing you around the city and after the bar closes around 11pm there is a group going out.
Someone was complaining about 57,000 pesos to the airport. THAT IS A CITY REGULATED FARE from anywhere in the city. I can't believe someone would complain about that. They'll also explain how to get to the airport the cheapest (cab or metro to commerical center, cab is 10,000p) then a bus to the airport, but was either 7000 or 15000 cant remember but if your 3 people the taxi is a no brainer, even with 2 people it's reasonable considering it's an hour ride.
The irish gentlemen at the bar spins good house music but the hostel crowd is hit or miss. When we first stayed there it was a sausage fest, then when we came back about a week later it was a healthy mix. Hostel can't be blamed for this. However every night people are going out so its a great way to see the city in the safety of the group and splitting taxis helped. Besides Medellin is packed with hot ladies, so no worries once you go out.
If your trying to book an Avianca flight and found your credit card isnt' accepted, there is a grocery store called "EXITO" which has a travel agency, we were able to snag prices of flights about 10-20% cheaper then booking engines like expedia. Really stupid Avianca won't take forign credit cards, I have a higher end travel card and am insulted a Star Alliance partner would decline my card.
There is some decent fast food close by and they all deliver. Try megapizza or claudio express (chicken nugget meal), its some good stuff. The only complaint I have with the hostel is the wifi is terrible. It disconnects periodically, and it can be hard to obtain an IP if your not close to the lobby. Heck one time a small file I was downloading slowed down to under 1kp/s, couldn't believe my eyes. There are 3 public termainls for you to use with a small fee. Expect at best 50-60 kp/s on their connection.
The hostel is also happy to order in spanish food for you. If you drink 30 beers (3000pesos each) you get a tee shirt.... I GOT A TEE SHIRT :p
They also take credit card but charge 4% which I feel is reasonable. They respond very quickly by email so I would email ahead if you want a bed. Initially I wanted to stay at Casa Kiwi but it seems easier to get a date with Ms. Colombia then book a room with them.
As a tip, if you do feel like boozin, your best bet is buying a 375ml bottle of rum from the bar, I think it was 23,000p which at the supermarket costs 13,000p, so a small markup and then you can buy cola's from the reception.
Pitstop, your my second home next time I come to Medellin. Stay there and form your own opinion. I bet half the negative reviews of this place could be solved with a set of ear plugs.
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