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“Chilled, friendly and clean in a great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Happy Buddha Boutique Hostel

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Happy Buddha Boutique Hostel
Ranked #14 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
94 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Chilled, friendly and clean in a great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Its hard to fault Happy Buddha as it ticks all of the boxes for the needs of a backpacker. I was still a little ill after picking up a bug in Costa Rica and seeing off the worst of it @ Fulanos in Bogota, but Happy Buddha turned out to be a great way to get fully back to my usual self.

The staff were the highlight for me, incredibly helpful, friendly, and bi-lingual. The rooms were airy and clean and the common areas are really pleasant...the worn pool table provides a good source of a amusement and the fully functioning bar provides the opportunity for a decent drinking session should you so choose. I met a great group of fellow travelers, some that I travelled with thereafter and others that I am still in touch with online, the hostel certainly provides a good meeting spot.

The Poblado area is modern and safe and has everything locally that you could need, including an outdoor free gym (of sorts) just around the corner (if you don't mind working out with a group of shirtless locals), a Juan Valdez Café (my favourite coffee by a long way), plenty of decent restaurants, and the metro 15 minutes downhill (beware of the uphill trip on your return).

Not sure why I am not giving it the full five stars, I think I just need to distinguish between good experiences and unforgettable ones. Either way, you wont be disappointed staying here.

Room Tip: The large dorm room at the front of the hostel is not ideal for sleeping when the bar is in full swi...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

If you are looking for the best place to stay in Medellin, Happy Buddha is the spot. It is a trendy spot with an amazing atmosphere. Being a female traveler, I felt extremely safe in the area and they have an amazing traditional breakfast. The showers were hot, the drinks were great and well priced, and the salsa on the patio was a blast! I would highly recommend this swanky hostel to everyone. The Happy Buddha staff really helped me in every way possible. They called me a taxi whenever I needed one, booked some amazing tours, and helped me navigate my way through the city. I will be back very soon and I can't wait to get back to Medellin and will definitely stay at the Happy Buddha again!!! Thanks for making my trip unforgettable.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

The staff was wonderful, not to mention very easy on the eyes. The rooms were brand new and very comfortable. Best place in the whole area, & I checked. I've stayed in this area many times because it's a prime location for tourists with shops, bars, clubs, Resteraunt's, etc. Just perfect.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

The staff was wonderful, not to mention very easy on the eyes. The rooms were brand new and very comfortable. Best place in the whole area, & I checked. I've stayed in this area many times because it's a prime location for tourists with shops, bars, clubs, Resteraunt's, etc. Just perfect.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

While the is a hostel, it has the feel of a boutique hotel. I stayed in a private room which was very clean, comfortable and the showers had really good water pressure (which is rare in my experience in that region). Being a hostel it's really easy to meet people and the friendly staff all speaks English very well. There is strong wifi inside and out so it's easy to skype from the terrace or your room. If you want to cook the kitchen is great but I preferred eating downstairs at their juice bar/restaurant called Mezcla. Very delicious and healthy food and it's the only place I could find that had green juices in the whole city. Most other juice bars only serve sugary fruit juices. There are so many things to do around that area within walking distance as well. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GunarsSFO
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Medellin, Colombia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Initially i did not know what to expect because the Poblado area is full of tourist. However when one ends up at the Happy Buddha you do feel a great sensation of tranquility and can really let your self feel relaxed. From the moment you walk in, the receptionist makes you feel right at home. The environment is cheerful and the interaction with other people ensures one has a truly enriching experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Eco Hostel Span... M
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vegas
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

This little town where the hotel is located reminds me of a mini south beach. There is nightlife but also lots of nature to enjoy during the day. The hotel is owned by a young guy and it has a great feeling of youth and serenity. It is a very small hotel and nice and quiet but also has an energetic bar with a beautiful crowd. I thought Medellin was going to be very third world but it has lots of culture and great little cages and restaurants.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Happy Buddha Boutique Hostel
Address: Carrera 35 7 # 7-108 | Poblado Provenza, Medellin 050021, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Medellin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Like a rare collection of art Happy Buddha is an expression; here you will encounter a brilliant mix of entertainment and serenity. Imagine a place that has a unique mix of hotel quality private rooms and spacious dorms designed for the modern traveler. Our staff has a thoughtful way of doing things that exceed our guest expectations. Our space inspires you to relax, engage, and party at your own pace. ... more   less 
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