Throughout our travels, we've slept in hundreds of beds, made ourselves at home in a variety of hotels and hostels for a few nights, and tried out many different forms of hospitality. At several points along the way, we've asked each other one question -- what makes a hotel or hostel memorable? We always find ourselves giving the same answer: an experience.
Experience hostels are one of the latest trends in hospitality around the world and it is changing the way people travel. Breanne and I will be the first to admit we have developed a habit of not planning in advance. We no longer research ahead of time for tours, restaurants, forms of transportation, or things to do in a destination. It can be downright time-consuming and exhausting. Our laziness (or whatever you want to call it) was a perfect match with Los Patios hostel in El Poblado, Medellin. We spent only three nights at the hostel, but we were immersed in Colombian culture and filled our brains with knowledge about the city.
From the minute we checked in, we were given a schedule of upcoming events. There truly is something for everyone from salsa dancing lessons, bar hopping, yoga, art exhibitions, bicycle tours, and more. We chose to participate in early morning yoga on the rooftop, salsa lessons (you should've seen my dance moves), a cooking experience, art night, and a city tour through Capture Colombia Tours. To say we were busy would be an understatement! It's obvious that the staff work day and night to ensure that their guests have the best experience at Los Patios.
The city tour with Capture Colombia Tours was one of the highlights for us. Sara, the curator, took us out and about for nearly six hours. The tour was unique in that it was largely focused around transportation. Medellin has an incredible public transportation system, so we rode the metro, the tram, and one of the city's many cable cars. Sara provided personal stories and insight into the city as we wandered through the lively city on a cloudy morning. We tasted fresh fruits at the local market, learned about the flower festival, visited Museo Casa de la Memoria (violence museum), and discussed the ways in which Medellin is overcoming its dark past.
The hostel itself is beautifully designed with a thoughtful theme. Each floor in their buildings (Los Patios is comprised of two buildings across the street from one another) have a different Colombian theme. For example, the second floor may showcase the jungle of Colombia while the fourth floor highlights the beaches. There are many signs around the hostel that allow their guests to read more about Colombia and everything it has to offer. We found this to be both fun and educational! Each building has a large rooftop terrace with a bar and excellent wifi (seriously the fastest wifi we've had since beginning our travels)! This made blogging on the rooftop with a cocktail in hand very enjoyable. Downstairs, the hostel has ping pong tables, pool tables, a large kitchen, free coffee all day, and many lounge spaces.
If you're ever in Medellin and looking for an all-inclusive hostel experience, we absolutely recommend Los Patios. Tell the owner, Daniel, hi from The Love & Adventure!
Stay tuned for our full guide to Medellin hitting the blog soon.
For love & adventure,