I had the pleasure of staying at International House for 6 months, from July 2012 to Jan 2013. Before I arrived in Medellin I was looking for long term shared accommodation with modern amenities, apartment living, good atmosphere and in a good location. There is very little in Medellin that delivers that from what I could find. International House was exactly what I was looking for.
The apartments are modern, full furnished and clean. They have everything that one would need to live comfortably. The building is right next to a sports complex, which apart from the swimming pools, for which you can gain access to for a nominal amount, is free to use. I used the swimming pool every day. Location wise, the building is in a safe residential area with easy access to all public transport and attractions in Medellin. When I was there people tended to stay long term and it gave it a nice homely feel where you meet and live with awesome people from all over the world.
When I lived there, there were 5 fully furnished individual bedrooms per apartment but I know that Joel, the owner, has since made some changes to accommodate more beds in some rooms. There are two types of rooms: rooms with a view of the sports complex and the park and rooms with no views. The rooms with a view had natural light but there is some street and traffic noise. The rooms with no view didn’t have the natural light but were quieter. I had a room with a view and while there was street and traffic noise, I got used to it. Having the natural light and view made a huge difference but it is obviously subjective.
Joel, the owner, is a really great guy and makes sure everyone feels welcome and all apartment needs are met. He also regularly organizes barbeques and drinks for everyone up on the roof top terrace of the building, which are great fun and allows everyone to get to know each other. The roof terrace is probably one of the best features of the building. It is a great place to work, study, relax or party and has awesome 360 degree views of the city and surrounding hills.
I cannot fault International House. I had a fantastic time there and a fantastic time in Medellin. I will definitely be coming back to Medellin and will be staying at International House when I do. I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are consistently the #1 Medellín hostel on tripadvisor! We are the only hostel in Colombia with a dedicated fiberoptic internet line. 30 megas! We are perfectly located n the geographical center of Medellin. All city attractions within 10-15 minutes! We are equidistant to all of it's major attractions - the antiguo centro historico, the new downtown and one of three party areas (el poblado), comuna 13 (electric stairs, aerial cable cars, and graffiti tour), Laureles (restaurants and bars), Calle 33 and Calle 70 (two authentic Colombia bar and restaurant districts), are all within 5-10 minutes by taxi, or 20 minutes in bus or metro. We provide a great atmosphere and proximity to an amazing sports complex with two huge swimming pools, tennis courts, pickup basketball and soccer, free yoga and aerobics classes and much more. And then there are our famous rooftop dinners where you can easily meet many people and socialize even if you are traveling solo. ... more less
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