I greatly enjoyed my month-long stay at the International House. To Tyler's earlier point, the fantastic building in a safe residential neighborhood encourages a relaxed social atmosphere: the friendships that I made at IH made my trip much more memorable. A few highlights:
Location - IH's location within the quiet residential neighborhood of Belen makes it safer and more relaxed than other options. For those who want to achieve the tricky goal of maintaining a workout regimen while traveling, IH makes this easier than anywhere else in Medellin, as it's directly across the street from a free outdoor park with a gym (free weights and machines), gravel track, and pool, as well as basketball/tennis/volleyball courts, soccer fields, etc.
Facilities - the building, bedrooms, and common spaces are modern, well-designed, and clean. The rooftop space is impressive in its size, amenities, and views.
Value - no better value exists in Medellin. At the time of my stay, the cost of a month's stay in a private room was roughly equivalent to a month of nightly stays in a shared hostel room. With longer-term travelers as housemates at IH, I was able to build more meaningful relationships with fellow travelers while also achieving a better balance of fun and productivity.
My only critique is around the Wi-Fi, which was reliably unstable during my stay despite my reliance on it. However, since Joel worked tirelessly to remedy the situation, I would be surprised if it's still an issue.
- 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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