hostel review: yellow house, medellin

Private double with shared bathroom, 60,000 pesos per night, 1st February - 4th March

Note that if you stay for one week, your 7th night is free.


Yellow House is one of the smaller hostels in Medellin and, for us, this was a great thing. The French owner – Vincent – lives on the premises, and this feels a little like an old-school bed-and-breakfast. It is a relaxed, friendly and social place but DEFINITELY not a 'let's get pissed and loud' youth hostel. Instead, it's a lovely environment for couples, groups or solo travellers to relax and chat after a day spent discovering the city.  



Based in the quiet residential neighbourhood of La Floresta, Yellow House is far removed from the party area of Poblado. It does have a lovely little park, good supermarket and plenty of decent restaurants in the surrounding area however. If you stay here and want to reach the city centre, then the metro station is a two-minute walk from the hostel and you're only around 15 minutes from Plaza Botero or 35 minutes to Poblado. At night, a taxi will take you back from Poblado for around $12,000.


best thing

Where to start?

The two big and beautiful dogs – Tomas and Matias – are so sweet, friendly and loveable. Tomas will bark ferociously at you when you first arrive at the gate, but don't worry as he really wouldn't hurt a fly! We fell in love with them and we're sure you will too!

The breakfast – included in the price – really is spot on and beats most other hostels in Colombia. Homemade fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, toast, tasty unlimited coffee and eggs are a great way to start the day.

However, the REAL star in Yellow House is that its home to the BEST SHOWERS we've had in our 12 month trip. Piping hot water and high pressure, they're bloody great.  


worst thing

Honestly, we loved it here. The only negative was some mornings/afternoons the owner's young son would visit and he could be, well, loud and annoying. We spent a lot of our time working in the hostel – whilst other guests were out exploring - so this probably wouldn't even be an issue for most people staying there.

The dorms don't have lockers either, which is a little disappointing.  


value for money

Excellent. As we were staying in Medellin for over a month, we messaged around pretty much every decent hostel in town to try and find a long-term deal. Accommodation in general isn't cheap in Medellin, but Yellow House was by far the best option for us in terms of cost and value. four of the five double rooms are huge, the shared kitchen is very well-stocked, there is a small space for doing your own laundry and the internet was rapid and reliable.  


recommended for

Laid-back travellers, older travellers, those who aren't coming to Medellin solely for the partying or those looking for a great long-term option. If you love dogs, then stay here!  



Fast wi-fi, cable television, several social areas, outdoor seating area, machine laundry service, 24/7 access, breakfast included, shared kitchen, book exchange, computer for guest use.


top tip

Make the most of the laundry facilities to hand-wash your clothes - they don't mind you using them. 


our rating: 9.5

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