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Secret Buddha Hostel Reviews

Calle 94B Sur No 51-121, Inmaculada 2, La Estrella, Medellin, Colombia

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66 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 100%Security
  • 60%Location
  • 60%Staff
  • 40%Atmosphere
  • 60%Cleanliness
  • 40%Facilities

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Secret Buddha is a gem, a charming country home with a beautiful garden, and a magical air of peace and tranquility. The hostel is apart from the hum and drum of the city, while still being easily accessible via public transportation. The rustic house feels like the home you've been missing. Mariano is great, a really special soul, multi-talented and generous. Cecilia is very friendly, and always helpful. This is a great place to lose yourself for a few days of solace, in between stops.


Great house and garden and terrace, great owner (excellent cook, if you ever have the chance to try his food, go for it!)., great dogs! for me and my friend it was the perfect place to hang out and relax. thumbs up!

  • 31st Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel is in a shabby location- almost half an hour from central Medellin....The lady working at the hostel is so nice and adorable! The breakfast is GREAT but the location is just so crummy. We decided to leave a night early and the hostel owner was nice enough to refund us our money, however he was very invasive and told us to leave a good review "because he didn't have to give us a refund". Also, there are NO locks on the rooms...

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At the Secret Buddha our location is not a secret, in our website under location there is a map as well as written instruction on where we are located within the Valley, it is precisely our location what most people enjoy, for those who want to be centrally located we have the urban buddha which is an option we give to everyone. We ask our guest to write reviews in HW based on their experience, and we give refunds if you leave early when you notify us in advance. the locks are inside the door


Excellent service and hospitality. Perfect for relaxing and not partying. I strongly recommend this place if you're trying to get away from the noisy city.


It's quite difficult to get to if you're not familiar with the buses. If arriving late, it's definitely a good idea to get a taxi. Safe, clean, quiet. I rested well here.

  • 13th Jul 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We had a wonderful time with the owner and his family. It was definitely a special stay because of them. The owner recommended GREAT places to eat and conocer. He also is a great chef.


Such a hidden gem for those looking to escape the madness of medellin!! Perfect mixture of doing your own thing and hanging with the staff during fab home cooked meals! Coming with some Spanish definitely helps. Easy to get into the centre but not for those who wants to be close to the action. perfect for what we wanted and would definitely recommend... as an added bonus the owner has two gorgeous dogs making this hostel really feel like home! Thanks to Havier and Bernice!!


I really loved my stay in Secret Buddha Hostel, i found everything i needed: a peaceful place, in the middle of nature but also with all the services i needed to relax and also work some hours: excellent wifi connection, hot water, delicious food and the hostel staff made me feel like i'm at home. Very good transportation to Medellín ( metro and bus ), just 10 mins away from Medellín, i'll definitely come back and stay longer.


We had a very nice time in this hostel sourranded by beautiful gardens in a quite area of the city, facilties also very nice and the host Mariano will help you out with all you need. I would reccomend this place to all travellers who want to escape the caos of the city and live a different experience of Medellin!!

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