Art Hotel Medellin – Getting To Medellin and Around:Medellin has an international airport – however, there are not a load of international flights in and out! Iberia flies direct from Madrid (see my review of Iberia Business Class) but generally, you will go via Bogota. There are however loads of domestic flights in and out of Medellin. As Colombia is large and hilly flying internally is common and very reasonably priced. I used the national carrier Avianca several times and found them very safe, good service and quality and very reasonably priced. Air France and American Airlines also fly to Colombia – click on their airline names to read my reviews! Bogota is only a 30-minute flight from Medellin – read my post on Things to do in Bogota Colombia in 24 hours here It takes about 45 minutes to get to the Art Hotel from Jose Maria Cordoba Medellin International Airport. I used a private driver pre-booked which was about 80000COP. You can, of course, get a taxi at the airport but it can be challenging to explain your destination. There is a cheap bus option but you will have to get a taxi once you get to the city centre and wait until it is full.
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Art Hotel Medellin: The RoomsI had a twin room in the Hotel Art Medellin. Design-wise it was fantastic – very attractive with red highlights. The rooms at this property have polished concrete floors which I didn’t love – I prefer something softer on my feet. The beds at the Art Hotel were comfortable and the thread count on the sheets just made it to the acceptable level. They were nice big twin beds. There was a nice big tv with lots of options. The bathroom at this Medellin hotel was fine but nothing outstanding. The towels were a little on the thin side – you know those typical white hotel towels? We had the classic room – the superior rooms did look like they took things up a notch or two! There is no room service.
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Art Hotel Boutique Medellin: ServiceThe breakfast and bar staff were lovely. The front desk was helpful but I was a bit shocked when I was told that they had run out of maps. I then asked if something could be printed but there was a problem with the printer. I did end up getting some help and some guidance as to where I could buy a map but this did take a bit of time. Apart from this incident, everyone at this hotel in Medellin was very friendly and helpful. There is free Wifi throughout the hotel and works well. They also have both a cinema and an art gallery although I had no need to use either. Same goes for the Meeting Rooms but nice to know there are 2 available!
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The Art Hotel Medellin: Food and DrinksBreakfast is served on the fantastic 6th-floor rooftop. This area is so lovely. It is essentially outside and has some great views over Medellin. They have also done a lovely job decking it out – comfortable seating areas, small design details like the gin bottles in the lamps – and it is a great place to spend time. Breakfast was a buffet. I highly recommend the beans. There was also a sort of pancake-shaped local bread. The lovely waitress showed me what to do with this. Pop the bread in the toaster and then once it is done make a couple of small incisions on one side. Then put some butter and some sugar on the bread and wait for it to melt – delicious! There is also a fantastic bar on the 6th level which is open to adults at night. The Art Hotel bar is outside and is draped in greenery and candles that are covered in wax. I loved the lights which are like birdcages filled with old bottles of gin! The area is covered in hurricane lamps with candles inside which creates a lovely light in the evening. Even the bathroom area is lovely! They do also serve dinner here.
⇒ The biggest week of the year in Medellin is Feria de las Flores – Read all about it in my post.I had a fantastic iced lemonade on arrival in the evening which was a sensation. They only had one white wine on offer which is common in Colombia. Luckily it was a chardonnay and very pleasant!
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The VerdictOverall the highlights of the Art Hotel Medellin are the fantastic 6th-floor area, the art design, and the brilliant location. The rooms aren’t amazing but they are absolutely fine. For the price, this hotel is a fantastic deal. The Art Hotel is probably not the best hotel in Medellin but it is certainly one of the Medellin hotels to consider if you like boutique hotels as much as me!
Other Boutique Hotels Medellin:I also used the gym at the Charlee Hotel and it was lovely! It also has a great central location in Medellin and a fantastic rooftop bar and pool! The rooms are gorgeous and they also have a great restaurant on the ground floor. The Charlee is one of the best hotels Medellin has on offer. Diez Hotel Medellin The Sites Hotel Medellin Hotel Loyds Medellin is another good option in El Poblado.
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