The Art Hotel Medellin has to be one of the most fun and quirky places that I have ever stayed! This Medellin Colombia hotels is very true to its name. The hotel is a stunning mix of exposed brick, polished concrete and lots of windows. Upon entry, there is a lovely large lounge area before you hit the reception desk. The ground floor is a lovely large open space where you can relax or work.
Inside the Art Hotel Boutique Medellin has an interesting feel of a very funky prison! There is an open courtyard with the rooms placed around it on each level. Unusual but kind of fun!Compare Prices on 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.
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.
The Art Hotel has a fantastic location in the heart of the El Poblado area. It is literally only a few minutes walk to Parque Lleras, a busy square with many bars and restaurants. It is also very close to Carreras 37 and 33 which have some of the best food and shopping in Medellin. For a guide to Restaurants in Medellin: The 10 Restaurants & Cafes Not to Miss! click here.
El Poblado metro is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Art Hotel Medellin: The Rooms
I had a twin room. Design wise it was fantastic – very attractive with red highlights. The rooms have polished concrete floors which I didn’t love – I prefer something softer on my feet. The beds 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 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!
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Art Hotel Boutique Medellin: Service
The 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 was very friendly and helpful.
Wifi is free 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 Drinks:
Breakfast is served on the fantastic 6th floor. 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 on my morning. 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 the public. The bar is outside and is draped in greenery and candles that are covered in wax. I loved the lights which are like bird cages 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.
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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!
Overall the highlights of the Art Hotel Medellin is 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.
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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. Click here for prices and availability.
I have also read good things about the Diez Hotel Click here for Prices and Availability. For a quieter option in the centre of town check out The Sites Hotel Prices and Availability Here. And Hotel Loyds is another good option in El Poblado – Click here for Prices.
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