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The Wandering Paisa
Ranked #18 of 235 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Have attended the language exchanges, live music events and a karaoke night........great chill vibe and Brent, the owner puts his heart into the place. They make a sincere effort to build a cultural bridge between the foreign visitors to Colombia and the locals and would recommend it as a great place for anyone trying to find their bearings in Medellin.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

I stayed here during this year's Flower Festival (Feria de las Flores). When I checked in, the staff gave me a program of events and a map of the city, and they answered all of my questions about how to see the sights during one of the busiest times of year in Medellin. I stayed in the four-person dorm (I think it was the Peru room), and I loved that the beds had shelves to keep me organized. The bar can get loud at night on weekends, especially during karaoke night, but the noise died down around midnight.

Short walk to Estadio Metro station and the busy Calle 70 with loads of bars and restaurants. The neighborhood of Laureles was preferable to the nightlife-heavy El Poblado for me - more residential with easy access to bars but you weren't always in the center of the party. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a very nice hostel , a little off the beaten path in a nightlife district of Medellin. It is comfortable and clean, and the wifi works. What really made it stand out was the great staff. I found Camila and Milena to be espescially helpful during my stay. They are able to speak English , but they also know when to help the traveler practice Spanish. They have lots of good advice, and help you feel like you're staying with friends.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Stayed at this place longer than I originally expected to because it felt so much like a home away from home! Waking up every morning to the receptionists cheery voice, and usually following some advice of hers to explore medellin I had a great time. The general vibe of the hostel was a great balance, with enough quiet spaces but also spaces conducive to hanging out in groups/meeting people. Met some cool people and had some nice times at the bar, which is quiet on some days (perfect to have a nice conversation) and crowded on other big nights like the language exchange and karaoke night, which was frequented by lots of Colombians and gringos alike, making for a nice mix of people. Very importantly, the rooms themselves were comfortable - a little small, but nicer beds than most of the hostels I've stayed at in 3 months in Latin America. All in all, great time, great people (staff and most guests alike) in a great setting in an awesome city.

Room Tip: the Uruguay room was the best since it is relatively larger and has some privacy with the custom mad...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

I have stayed at hostels all over Europe, but I felt the most at home at the Wandering Paisa. The staff is very welcoming and helpful in advising all of our travel needs (at all hours of the night)! The hostel was clean and there are hammocks! We met lots of interesting people from all over the world. The best was the open mic night!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Very solid place. The bar (and the bartender PJ especially) is the best. Nice themed rooms and great hang out areas. The collection of movies is great also. And Brent (the owner) is awesome! If you have time, make sure to check out some of the surrounding area. Most of Medellin's hostels are located in the much more tourist-centric Poblado district, but The Wandering Paisa's location in a more middle-class part of town gives a nice feel of what life is actually like in the city.

Room Tip: The privates are very nice, as is the Uruguay shared room.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have traveled all over central and south america have stayed in my fair share of hostels. This is the first hostel I've stayed at where I actually could relax and feel at home. The inside of the building is super cool with lot's of amazing murals on the walls. Everything is very clean. There's even a bar, computer lab, and even karaoke and an open mic on two of the nights I was there. The owner, Brent, is from Seattle, WA. He was super chill and even too the time to show my friends and I a good night out on the town. So yeah, you can't beat this place. I had to give a shout out to Wandering Paisa.

Room Tip: It's all good
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Trevor E
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Address: Calle 44 A No. 68 A 76 | Laureles, Medellin, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 235 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Price Range: $14 - $23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
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 
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