Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

El Alternativo is a new and inventive place to stay in Medellin and enjoy an original, friendly and Eco responsible atmosphere. On the roof, guests have use of a wonderful terrace and a kitchen. Opening on the street, the café hosts exhibitions and cultural activities. It serves natural juices, local coffee and organic tea, but also wine, beer and flavored rum. It’s a nice way to learn more about the city and meet local people.

El Alternativo is located in the safe, peaceful and bohemian neighborhood of Manila, in the district of Poblado.The hostel is very close to the metro station, buses and taxis make it easy to go anywhere in Medellin. And to go anywhere in Colombia, a taxi can take you in a few minutes and for less than 2 euros or dollars to the domestic flights airport or one of the two big bus terminals of the city. Manila lies away from the frenzy of Parque Lleras, but it's only a short and safe walk to go and get into it. They have a supermarket, an ATM, a metro station and bus lines at less than 5 minutes’ walk and can reach in less than 10 the famous Parque Lleras and the 'Zona Rosa', heart of the nightlife in Medellin.

Each private room and dormitory has a colorful and personalized decoration with handmade furniture. Dorms accommodate 4 or 6 guests and are well equipped with wide beds, lockers and numerous power sockets we also rent towels and propose laundry facilities. The private room contains double beds and their guests have towels at their disposal.

El Alternativo's Policies & Conditions:

Check in from 14:30 to 23:00
Check out before 12:00

Payment upon arrival by cash.
Taxes included.

Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival.

Breakfast included.

No curfew.
Child friendly.
Reception available 24 hours
No Pets allowed View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 9.7


    04 Aug 2019
    Good hostel. Great staff. Good location for public transport, supermarket 5 minutes away, lots of restaurants around. Rooftop terrace, kitchen, hot water showers and clean.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.7


    27 Jun 2019
    Adored this hostel and have been recommending it to everyone. Booked for 2 nights, stayed for 5! Excellent location, relaxed area of Poblado but so close to nightlife, food and the metro. Rooms were basic but I had a comfy bed and locker. Showers nice and hot. Breakfast was really tasty and fresh every morning. Staff were absolutely amazing, great recommendations and showed us the nightlife (thanks Gustavo). Atmosphere was excellent and so easy to meet others, still in touch weeks on. Thanks!
    Scotland, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    31 Jul 2019
    My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 nights at this hostel. It is in El Poblado neighbourhood which is the best place to stay for tourists. The hostel has many good restaurants around and is located at only 6 min walk from the metro station. The staff was really helpful in giving us recommendations on activities to do around the city such as the free walking tour, Guatape, etc.
    Canada, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    19 Jul 2019
    El alternativo is super nice, it’s really pretty and the roof terrace is great. Breakfast also fab. Santi was really helpful. Not great for solo travellers I imagine but that may have just been when I stayed there.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    28 Jun 2019
    We had a great stay at El Alternativo. The breakfast was good, the beds were comfy, staff are friendly, it's close to the metro, kitchen was well equipped and it had a nice chilled atmosphere. It's not a party hostel but we met people and then just used other hostel's bars. The only reason we haven't given a 10 is we were in the deluxe 4 bed room and the smell from the drain in the bathroom ensuite was foul which was making the room itself smell.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    26 Jun 2019
    Friendly and helpful staff. Included breakfast had eggs, toast, fruit, juice, and good coffee. Sometimes had to wait in line for a bathroom. Upstairs area is nice. Big lockers in dorms.
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 8.9


    01 Aug 2019
    Roof terrace is amazing. Breakfast is good too!!
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    20 Jul 2019
    My mattress was pretty worn out but the other mattresses were in a good condition. The rooftop is very nice! The staff helpful and funny.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    06 Jul 2019
    Nice, clean space. Rooftop terrace is great. For me as a solo traveler, there was a bit of atmosphere lacking. The reason being that there seemed to be large-ish groups traveling together and fewer solo travelers. No fault of the hostel. I did manage to meet a few people, anyways. Location great, near the Poblado metro. It would be nice if there were beer and water available on the terrace, instead of having to go downstairs!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    16 Jul 2019
    Beds are terrible, the mattresses are worn out and the bunk beds shake with every movement. It was no fun to sleep in them. Also as a guest you should know what you expect from coming to Medellin. El Alternativo is rather quiet and not a party hostel. But the staff is great, really fondly and helpful.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Adaptors
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wi-Fi