I visited Colombia for a couple of weeks in February 2012, and the Wandering Paisa was by far the best hostel that I stayed at during my brief time. I had three full days in Medellin, and the staff is the main factor that made this hostel so exceptional. All were extremely helpful and were fully bi-lingual (Spanish-English), which is rare to find in Colombia. I had some problems with the tour agency that was making some arrangements for me, and one of the staff members was instrumental in trouble-shooting. All the staff gave great advice about local logistics and travel recommendations.
The location is excellent--convenient to a number of good local dining places and easy walking distance to the Metro.
The free Wi-Fi is inconsistent (as are most locations in Colombia) but there is a reliable Internet connection that you can pay for in order to make essential online connections.
The main advantage to this hostel remains with the great staff. They will make you feel welcome and safe in this great city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The authentic Paisa Backpackers experience! Centrally located and closest to the Metro and the "Local Zona Rosa". Safe, clean, and relaxing. Managed by an American and a Colombian, we seek to immerse travellers in the local "Paisa" culture while providing them with a safe and comfortable place to stay. We have the most comfortable beds in Medellin, along with hand painted murals in every room. ... more less