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Black Sheep Hostel Medellin
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

A friend and I stayed at the Black Sheep a few months ago and had hand's down the worst experience of our trip. I've stayed in dozens of hostels since this trip and have waited several months to get some more clear-headed perspective before writing about it, so here goes:

Late on a Wednesday night a friend and I were walking back from a bar and were held up at knife-point by two men. After the men ran off, we were terrified, my friend was slashed on her hands and was bleeding everywhere, and we couldn't wait to get back to the safety of our hostel.

However, the reception we got by Alejando, the night guy, was almost worse than the robbery. First, he was sleeping in the lounge and look disturbed that we woke him up. We asked him to call the police and he told us not to bother since they "wouldn't do anything." (Nevermind that we needed a police report for our insurance claim). When I asked what we could do about my friend's injury he replied that he "wasn't a doctor" and that she should go wash herself off. After the police came (we had to beg him to call), we rode around with them looking for the culprits while Alejandro went back to sleep. When we returned, he again was annoyed with us for waking him up. We asked if we could use the internet to cancel our cards, and he begrudgingly told us how to sign on (we had to pay for the internet, by the way, even though we had no money and had to get it wired). I'm not sure what purpose Alejandro serves at the hostel, as I would much rather have preferred not to deal with him and just get help from the fellow travelers we ran into there (who were also repulsed by his behavior and offered us a cell phone, cash, help getting to the police, etc.).

I love Colombia and Medellin and I in no way think this experience is reflective of a beautiful and safe culture that I thoroughly cherished in my 5 weeks in the country. Further, I don't think a single rouge employee should color one's perception of a business. However, the staff the next day was no better. When we told them what happened, they told us they had problems with Alejando before and were sorry for our experience, but we WERE walking late at night so what did we expect... and could we make sure to still check out of our room in time and figure out a way to pay our bill as soon as possible? They also told us there was no way to reach the management to talk to them, so we were just going to have to rest assured that someone would "talk to Alejandro" about his behavior. Suffice it to say, we did not rest assured.

Overall, stay ANYWHERE other than the Black Sheep. The drab rooms and sparse environment barely make up for the risk that you will be s.o.l. if anything goes wrong during your stay. Casa Kiwi and Palm Tree would be much better options (in fact, many travelers moved to those hostels after a night in the Black Sheep anyway, just because they were cheaper/included internet/coffee/and were more comfortable).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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8  Thank jesslewis8193
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good, helpful staff.
Its clean, and they have a nice BBQ.
The area Poblado is a nice residential area.
The Hostel is close to all the bars (walking distance) and also the metro.
The beds and showers are awesome (hottest shower ever in south america and lots of water coming out)They also have very good matrasses for a good sleep after partying in zona rosa. Thank you guys

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Bob T
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Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

The Black Sheep is one of the best hostels we've stayed at throughout our 6 months in South America. Our private room looked like a hotel room and the shared bathrooms were also great. There are a number of common areas that make it easy to meet people. It's not a party hostel, so you can actually sleep. The tv room and computers are the best we've seen! Unfortunately you have to pay to use the computers but since they are really new and fast, I guess it's ok. The owner and his staff are very helpful and friendly. Overall, a great hostel!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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1  Thank Charlotte C
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

there are always a bunch of friendly people hanging around, good for a drink or chat about travelling etc - but nor is it a party hostel

staff are very friendly and helpful - about Medellin, Colombia etc, especially the owner

great TV room, well equipped kitchen

don't miss the Sunday BBQ if you're there - excellent value, delicious food

dorm rooms could definitely do with more hooks to hang towels and clothes

location is somewhat different to where hostels are normally located, very residential, but apparently safe. not very much in the immediate area for food nor going out, but not too far from things either, you just need to walk 15-20 mins or so

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank travla67
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Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in a private double with bathroom. The room was more like a hotel room than a hostel. Super clean, spacious and cable TV.

The staff were really friendly.

Good location - in a quiet, safe area of town. You do have to walk a bit to the main area where all the bars and restaurants are, but it wasn't a big deal (maybe 10 mins).

Would def recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Globetrotter_Beckster
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