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Arcadia Hostel
Ranked #24 of 210 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
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Athens, Greece
1 review
“That's the place”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Excellent place to stay in Medellin. This is the best hostel in El Poblado (the best neighborhood in the city of Medellin). Very close to Zona Rosa and all the nightlife in Medellin. Plenty of restaurants and bars are located in 5 minutes walking from hostel.

Hostel is clean, easy, and quiet. The whole hotel's staff (speak English) is really great and helped me a lot in everything I needed. The owner was always ready to help and give suggestions.

BBQ on sundays is huge and delicioso!!! Not to be missed!!!

Would definitely recommend. ¡Hasta luego! Arcadia

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thessaloniki
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

.... you don't need many other reasons to prefer a hostel. We stayed there twice and experienced almost all rooms, the luxury partnenon suite, the small dorm with private bath and even the large dorm with private bath as well. No complaint as matresses are new and cleaning is a priority for thr hostel's owner.
Poblado is probably the best neighborhood in the city of Medellin and Arcadia hostel is only 5 minutes walking from Zona Rosa, the heart of that area. Tonnes of bars and restaurants at your service, but get some advice from Spyros to visit some less trendy places.
Staff speaks good english and are eager to help you with all travel arrangements, but above all it's Spyros that manages really well the whole hostel and may give you advise wherever in Colombia you want to travel.
Highlight is Sunday's bbq. If it happens to be there, even if you don't stay at the hostel is really worth of visiting it as value for money is out of question. Open buffet for 15.000 pesos!!!
We definetely going back there when we visit again Colombia.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Medellin, Colombia
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

I say home base because when you were kids, home base was the place during a yard game that you went to seek refuge and catch a break from the fast world of Tag.

Travelling is a fast world sometimes. Full of confusion and the need to recoop.
HOMEBASE

Arcadia is just that. Its comfort and sense of home fills the air.

Its has cozy places all over and really gives a sense of peace. The location is walking minutes (7 actually) to a wonderful area of town full of fresh new restaurants and culture, parque lleras
The owner and his staff make it a point to make sure that you are not lost at all and that ease of moving around the city is a priority. Great maps and advice really help when travelling. They have em along with access to Free Internet and WiFi (mega travelling plus).

The Hostel is in such a great location and close to everything that you may need from markets and malls, to mass transit systems and cable ways. The area is safe and the Hostel itself is really safe. It is up on the second floor with secure access. ( Peace in mind of where you keep your gear while exploring a town is so important...Your good here)

The comfort
Great patio with Rain cover, a hammock, Table and Grill. Inside, the living room is super chill with its spacious comfortable couches, windows with great natural light for reading or planning your next adventure, and a large High Def TV with access to a wide variety of Movies the Owner provides, all of which are in multiple languages and subtitles. The open Kitchen is just perfect. Its size and ease is superb. The organization of ingredients and placement of pots, pans, utensils, make cooking a meal easy and other guests tend to get into a community type cook down( the market is close so its so great to cook whatever whenever you want).
The Beds are great...The Best.
For real, The hand carved bunks, made from solid wood, were carved by a buddy of the owner. Each one has a sweet little shelf on the wall and a great micro lamp perfect for reading. Next to each bunk is a very secured personal locker ( I have found that your stay is so much better when your area of sleep is designed by someone who has travelled. The shelf and light really make it possible to make your area very personal and easy to live. Major Plus)
Hot, perfect pressure showers make the bathroom by far the best I have seen in a hostel, hands down! It is a private room with all tile and hooks for clothes.

Overall I would say that to a traveller, this was quite an experience. The owner is passionate about making the stay the best and passes his passion on to his staff.
Do it.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. Some are private if desired. In the dorms, as always when doin the hostel l...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

If you are looking for a nice hostel to stay in Medelling, consider staying in Arcadia. It's about ten minute walk from the nearest station, but the walk is enjoyable and you will be walking through a nice area filled with cafe's and restaurants. Hostel is clean and offers great shared areas. Located in a quiet side of the town, so if you are looking to get some good sleep, this is the place to do it. Owner speaks English well and will offer you good suggestions on what to do in Medelling and help you with information about the city.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Medellin
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Arcadia hostel was the perfect place for my initial introduction to the blossoming city of Medellin, Colombia the city of eternal spring. Close to the busy Zona Rosa Parque Lleras but on a quiet street near a stream, it's near the Viscaya movie theatre on Calle 10, shops, tours and for me the Medellin Dental Centre an initiative of the Mayor called Health City. At Arcadia you can chill out with beautiful music, relax in the cozy living room and meet many people from around the world. Every Sunday there is a Greek style Barbeque plus special events. There's an ice maker on the fridge to help you make Lime Juice and Panela: my favourite, lots of cold beer and drinks for sale at the bar, a fully functioning kitchen, maid and laundry service, custom bunks with night lights and drying rods for your clothes and several computers to use while here. To find Arcadia just look for the Hotel Park 10: it's about 2 blocks east up Calle 11a. Press the buzzer and Spiros or one of his friendly multi language staff will let you in. Free Coffee and Pancakes, a great place to stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Berkeley, California, United States
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I'd like to give a special thanks to Arcadia Hostel in Medellín. If you are riding a moto and looking for a moto-friendly spot, it's a great place to stay because:

--I had moto parts and electronic stuff sent there before I arrived, three packages in all, and they held on to my items diligently.
--They have a large garage you can use to work on your bike.
--They are situated within walking distance of a number of moto stores, including Triumph, Kawasaki, and KTM, and the stores nearby seem to specialize in adventure accessories.

Also, the owner of the enterprise, Spyros, is passionate about his business and works hard to make you comfortable. When they were all out of fans and I wanted one in my room, he purchased one for us to use within an hour. And one of the receptionists helped us with a tax issue for an hour, really going above and beyond in service for us.

And most importantly, try the brownies =)

Their website is:
https://sites.google.com/a/arcadiahostel.net/opcion1/

And the mailing address to put on your precious international packages is:

Arcadia Hostel
CALLE 11a No 31a - 188
Poblado, Medellín, Antioquia
COLOMBIA

Buen suerte!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Medellin, Colombia
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I enjoyed my stay at Arcadia. The hostel has a nice mix of relaxation and entertainment. Most days are quiet, but there was also a costume party hosted the week before Halloween. The party was a good mix of hostel guests and locals. The staff are all very helpful and speak at least two languages. They arrange for tours, provide information about all the activities you may be interested in, call taxis, order delivery and make sure your room is clean. In the mornings they provide for free pancakes and coffee throughout the day. If you need your laundry washed, for a small fee the cleaning lady or one of the other staff will have it ready in a few hours. The owner spends a lot of time at the hostel and on Sundays cooks a Greek style BBQ for the guests. Parque Lleras is only a 5 minute walk which is far enough to keep the hostel quiet at night, but close enough to the action for when you are in the mood to experience Medellin nightlife. For days you may just want to relax in the hostel there is a large screen television, hammock, outdoor patio, two computers and a stocked bar with cervezas for $1.10 (2000 COP). My one suggestion is syrup for the pancakes.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Arcadia Hostel
Address: Calle 10a 11a No. 31A-188 | Poblado, 5 min walk from zona rosa, parque Lleras, Medellin 050021, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 210 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arcadia hostel is a new hostel in Medellin Colombia the city of eternal spring located just 5min walk of the most exclusive and safe area of Medellin parque Lleras Poblado! The idea is to have really good times in a very nice relaxing atmosphere. ... more   less 
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