Palm Tree Hostel
Carrera 67 No 48 D-63, Medellin, Colombia
www.palmtreemedellin.com - (0057-4) 260-2805
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Palm Tree Hostel Medellin Reviews
Suramericana Living Sep 25, 2010
The Palm Tree Hostel in Medellin is a quality hostel located in a nice neighborhood. Its around the corner from the Suramericana metro station which can get you anywhere in the city for a cheap price. There is the Exito Supermercado right next door, so anything you need you can pick up there. Restaurants are all over the place for good food with cheap prices. ATM's are also located by the Exito and seem to be legit as they are the kind where you go in with the door locking behind you. The staff are all really nice although they don't really speak english so you gotta know a little espanol, but its not a problem. They have a kitchen if you want to cook your own food. There are numerous bathrooms that are all kept clean and have hot showers. They do have a couple computers that are free to use and they have wi-fi which is also free- so that is all good. The beds are a little hard but the rooms are kept clean as are the sheets. They will also provide you with a towel at no cost. They have a tv room with movies. You can come back at any time of night, no problem they will let you in. Its not really a party hostel more of a good base to explore the city from. You can buy beers and water for a fair price. Its also not far fro the futbol stadium and sporting complex which is an impressive place. I would definitely recommend staying here.
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Feb 17, 2010
Very nice colombian-run hostel, nice people working there, and a good atmosphere!
Part of the Central America and Colombia travel blog
Friendly and convenient Nov 20, 2009
I initially selected Palm Tree because I was a little put off by the advertisements for beer pong tournaments at some of the other hostels located in the trendier Zona Rosa area. I heard that Palm Tree was actually Colombian owned, and was located far away from all of the gringo action.
The reservation was a breeze. Within 24 hours, I received a reply in English, letting me know my reservation was confirmed, and I was asked to shoot another email within 1-2 days of arrival just to confirm.
Upon arrival, you see a rather non-descript house; the only things that give it away are the flags in the second story windows. You simply ring the buzzer, and are let in.
Once inside you are greeted by a very friendly staff, most of whom do not speak English. Not to worry, as they are all learning, and there are generally many friendly fellow guests around willing to assist in translating anything that is lost.
After your information is recorded, you are shown to your room and then given a grand tour of the building and all of its facilities, eminities and rules. There is laundry service for $8 a load; beer, ron, aguardiente, sodas and bottled water for sale at very economical rates; a TV room, with movies available for free checkout; a bar, patio and very comfortable hammock; a kitchen, with free eggs, bread and coffee every morning (you prepare your eggs and bread however you like, and there is usually enough "community" oil and salsas on the corner of the counter to make everyone happy); and of course free wifi and two computers.
The location is nice middle class neighborhood. The hostel is just behind the Super Exito, which comes in handy for basic needs, such as food, new clothing and secure and well-lit ATM machines.
In addition, it is only three blocks from the Suramerciana Metro station, and the walk is through a generally safe and thriving neighborhood. It is also within walking distance of Carrera 70, where all of the Salsa clubs are, but it is not recommended to walk this alone at night. In groups is fine though!
The guests were very diverse, ranging from students to an old man from Germany, with everything in between, and a representation of at least 12 countries. Each Friday night there is a free BBQ, with arepas and Churrizo, and lots of socialization and dancing before everyone heads out to enjoy the legendary Medellin night-life.
All of this for as low as $17,000 COP for a dorm bed, and $27,000 for a private room! And, the beds include sheets and pillowcases.
The only slight negatives were that the beds were not very comfortable, and there was alot of noise from outside (the guests were all very respectful, even those coming in at 5:30am from partying). However, at this price, and with all of the other positives, those are easily overlooked.
I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to avoid the frat-house crowds at the Zona Rosa area hostels, and I would definitely stay here again.
Part of the Colombia y Ecuador, November 2009 travel blog
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