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International House Medellin
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

My friend and I recently stayed here for a few days after finding Joel on Couchsurfing. The place exceeded our expectations, the entire apartment building is very new and updated. We had our own room with a very clean shared bathroom, hot water, wifi, etc. We had a fantastic time and loved swapping stories with other guests and with Joel.Tthe building was located pretty close to a metro stop, making it so easy for us to get around and see other parts of the city. Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Medellin, thanks again Joel!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Meg W
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Reviewed May 18, 2014

Me and my friend stayed for a couple of days in international house. The location is great and secure and right next to a lot of facilities (supermarket, bank, sport complex...). The house has been well renovated and offer all what you need. On top of it there is a very nice rooftop terrace. Joe and his staff are very available and friendly. I highly recommand. Thanks

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank franck Z
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

I stayed in IH for several months and while this place has his pros, there were a lot of problems. This house has 3 apartments and inside each apartment you have 5 rooms. The rooms are quite smalls and inequals (some are very hot) and it was not clean at all, especially facilities like the kitchen and the toilets. It was supposed to be cleaned three times a week but it remained dirty and smelly.
The washing machine barely worked and the internet was down half of the time.
The identity of this place is not really clear either : hostel, hotel...you can have a whole Colombian family living with you in the apartment or you can live with a class of 20 children.

Once the roof terrace were rented to some travelers when the hostal was full (!)..at the expense of the others.

Now the positive : the roof terrace is nice and the view is beautiful. The house is just next to the "Unidad Deportiva de Belen" and it makes a good base to explore the city.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Fred B
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Joel G, Owner at International House Medellin, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Candid and honest reviews are always welcome. This review however, is not accurate and I feel I must defend our good name.

In response to his false statements: Our washer is imported and one of the best available in Colombia. And we are one of the few establishments in Colombia with a dryer available to our guests. Our internet was intermittent at times, but to say it was down half the time is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts. I have worked tirelessly to provide the best internet available in Colombia. WE ARE NOW THE ONLY HOSTEL IN COLOMBIA WITH A DEDICATED FIBER OPTIC LINE... 30 MEGS DOWNLOAD AND 30 MEGS UP!

I personally guarantee that my hostel is one of the cleanest anywhere. During Fred's stay we cleaned thoroughly 3 days a week, and did an additional light cleaning every day. The apartments are shared, however, and hostel rules are in effect in each of our 4 kitchens. At present, the common areas are cleaned 6 days a week.

This guest extended his stay several times. He never complained about any of the stuff he mentions in his review. He also recommended our place to his business partner who came and rented a room for a month as well.

As for complaints about the other guests, our motto at International House is Community and Privacy in One Place. This guest chose to see the glass half empty. Instead of welcoming the opportunity to meet a Colombian family and a group of medical students from Argentina, it was an intrusion and inconvenience to him.

Thanks for reading this and rest assure that we will do everything we can to make your stay comfortable. If you have any complaints during your stay, please let us know so we can do something about it. I will give deep discounts off your bill if there are problems with the internet (highly unlikely with the new dedicated fiber optic line to the building) and or other documented inconveniences. Our good name means everything to us and we will work hard to preserve the number one ranking we have earned on tripadvisor.

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

I stayed at international house in the beginning of 2014 and had a great time. Joel and his staff are friendly and accommodating, and the rooms and overall living environment is quite comfortable. It is located in a nice part of the city and the prices are reasonable. So if you are looking for to spend sometime in Medellin, whether short or long term, I highly recommend international house.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

My sister and I were travelling in Colombia, and at the last minute found ourselves needing somewhere to stay for the few days we were going to spend in Medellin. We came across Joel and and he went out of his way to accommodate us in International House at very short notice! What a lovely and friendly guy he was, and not only did he put us up in a fantastic apartment with everything you could possibly hope for - full kitchen, cable TV, DVD, nice bathrooms and hot showers, free wi-fi - it was just like a home from home - but he invited us to a BBQ and drinks on the wonderful roof terrace of the apartment block.

We tried our best at cooking some pasta for everyone, but this wasn't exactly a highlight as we accidentally bought tomato ketchup instead of tomato sauce, but we tried our best to salvage it with a couple of ingredients Joel gave us (and by buying a big case of beer), but the fact everyone was cooking and sharing delicious food and drink just added to a great vibe and atmosphere of a party where everyone was from different places in the world.

It was great hanging out with everyone who was staying in the building and getting to know everyone, and it's this sort of friendly and inviting atmosphere that really make travelling worthwhile. Chilling out with the beautiful views of Medellin certainly didn't hurt either!

In our apartment there were a few rooms, each with a bunk bed and double bed, which were clean, tidy and relatively spacious. Some people have said that the rooms were a little noisy at night, but as I live in a city centre flat at home anyway this didn't bother me, and to be honest I don't really know what people expect when staying somewhere right in the middle of a city! The neighbourhood was very nice with a swimming pool right opposite, a big supermarket just down the street and plenty of great bars and cafes nearby. A great place to stay to explore Medellin and you couldn't ask for a better host (and Basco - Joel's dog!) and accommodation, considering the price, atmosphere and people. Would highly recommend staying here and I'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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