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The Wandering Paisa Backpackers Hostel Reviews

Calle 44 A No. 68 A 76 Laureles., Medellin, Colombia

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86%

Rating
217 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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77%

Hostel was fine. There was a lack of good restaurants in the area.


89%

The staff were great, so pleasant and helpful. Nice kitchen facilities and sitting facilities. The room had eight beds and was a little cramped but worked all right. One of the showers was a bit messy in that the water didn't drain away properly. There was no lock on the door of that shower, though it didn't seem to matter. I would definately stay there again.


100%

The location is great.. plenty of places to eat nearby, get money, go shopping, and is super close to the Metro stop Estadio so it's really easy to go out and explore the city. Quiet hours are enforced so you can sleep. I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this was by FAR the kindest and most accommodating staff. Several times they went well above and beyond, even when I needed help with really random stuff. Cheers to TWP! Thank you for making my stay in Medellín comfortable, amazing, and safe.

  • 30th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

Amazing hostel! I had originally booked for 3 nights but ended up staying 5 nights. The atmosphere was very social and easy to meet people. The staff regularly organize activities for everyone at the hostel, including a language exchange night where you can meet locals. The hostel was very clean and I had no problem with cleanliness. The staff were very receptive, so if the previous reviewer had a problem with cleanliness, he should have let the staff know and they would have taken care of it.

  • 30th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


60%

+: the locationn, only 4 blocks way from metro And restaurants. Friendly staff -: room very dirty: in two days, the 8 bed-dorm was not cleaned, neither the ensuite bathroom. The 8bed-dorm is far too small, you can maybe fit 6 people and it still feels very packed, in reality it is a 4 bed-dorm suited for the space.The lack of cleanliness and aeration makes it unbearable. I moved after 2 nights for another hostal. Also, it is a party hostal, if you plan to just sleep, it is not your place.


60%

surprised by the rating on hostel world, i think it should be lower considering other hostels in medellin are a bit better due to atmosphere and cleanliness. As for security, I do not like that lockers are outside the rooms, which are very small and cramped. Toilets and showers are unisex, few and need to be cleaned more often. smelly dorms. It is cheap however, and staff are friendly.


86%

Great location--4 blocks to metro and a college town atmosphere. Great reception staff! Safe neighborhood. Bathrooms and kitchen could be cleaner!


100%

Great atmosphere to socialize and meet people from around the world and local people. Staff are extremely nice and supportive to requests for advice. Beds are comfortable. Hostel is well maintained and I have noticed a cleaning lady at the hostel everyday. They have a few hammocks to chill out on the second floor. Great opportunity to meet local people on Thursday and learn Salsa on Tuesday evenings. Would recommend shower heads be replaced in all bathrooms as they do not work properly.


91%

Really enjoyed my stay, hostel is situated close to the metro, bars etc.. Perfer the area over El poblado as it's feels a bit more Colombian, El poblado is like an area you'd find in the states or Europe! Good kitchen and chill out areas, nice beds, ok showers that were nice and hot! Would come back again!


60%

Pros: location, breakfast is good, matresses very comfortable. Cons: the rooms are packed tight (i slept with someone' feet at times touching my head). Common areas are small and located next to the doorms, meaning with all the noise i rarely got more than 4 hours sleep (i was inhaling smoke in my sleep at one point). The bar is tiny and depressing. Computer access is not free. On top of all this some really drunk idiot got into my bed after pissing inside the dorm...


77%

The bar in the hostel makes the evenings a bit too noisy, to my taste.


86%

The dorm beds can be a bit squeaky and due to poor ventilation and depending on the level of hygiene of your roommates the room can smell a bit funky. I moved to the single room with its own bathroom and my experience was much improved for only about double the dorm rate. It's a lively hostel with plenty of chatter at night and locals also drop in on Thursday nights to have a drink and practice English and other languages with the guests. Location in Laureles close to Estadio Metro was a .


97%

Great hostel with a very friendly vibe. Fantastic location in Estadio, a much more authentic feel than Poblado. Very close to the Metro, the football stadium and a huge array of restaurants and bars. Awesome place!

  • 29th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

One of the best hostels I have stayed in! It is right near the metro line so the entire city is easily accessible! It is huge, so there is an opportunity to meet tons of people. Very clean, and the staff is extremely helpful and entertaining. If you stay in Medellin, you must stay here

  • 29th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

This place was awesome. I planned to stay at the Wandering Paisa for 5 nights and stayed for 3 weeks. The staff was very friendly and ready to help with any needs I had. I particularly enjoyed the free salsa lessons every Tuesday and the Cultural Exchange (where Colombians come hang out to practice their English and vice versa) on Thursdays. This was a great place to meet people and has a lively bar at nights, although quite hours are enforced after midnight. I will definitely be back!

  • 26th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

Great experience! Awesome staff! Cool facilities! Super clean! Free salsa lessons! Perfecto!


91%

Great atmosphere and the location is perfect for experiencing the local culture as opposed to the tourist area. Also close to the Metro and loads of restaurants/bars.


100%

One of my favorite hostels out of the 4 months I was in South America. Great location (away from overly touristy El Poblado) 5 minutes from the Metro / Stadium. Great restaurant down the street, cant beat 8,000 peso bandeja. Karaoke and language exchange nights are fantastic. A ton of locals come to hang out and 2 minutes from La Setente where there are plenty of bars, cafes, and discoteckas. Great place to be during the Feria de las Flores.


80%

Not a great location as we wanted to spend most of our time in Poblado however the hostel was located close to the metro and taxis were cheap so getting around wasn't too big an issue.


100%

This is a wonderful hostel, everything is done to the highest standard from the minute you walk in: 24 hour reception, secure entrance, clean bathrooms with hot water, soap and hand towels always provided, spacious clean kitchen, lots of different social areas, comfy beds, really good value bar! It's in a fantastic part of the city and unlike all the poblado gringo hostels it's really near the metro. Best of all it's really easy to meet people at salsa and language exchange events. 5 stars.

  • 31st Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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