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Secret Buddha Hostel Medellin
Ranked #103 of 265 Speciality Lodging in Medellin
Reviewed 29 June 2016

everything was a pleasant surprise, but the energy of the secret buddha is pure magic , the service is genuine and kind, beautiful state you breathe nature, art and design everywhere, therapies available upon request. nice 20 to 25 min ride to the center perfect to see the city, bus is just 80 m from the retreat so it is very accessible. If you are lucky the owner is not traveling and he will cook for you and even give you a mezcal tasting, we stayed a week longer than we planned. definitely a home away from home

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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Words can't even describe how bad this place is.

So we arrived and while our transfer is driving to the very badly located hostel, we see a homeless person sleeping in a card box at the entrance of the hostel (outside).

Once we left the car we were greeted by a Colombian lady who for no apparent reason was wearing a mask, who did not speak a word of English and who did not asked us for any I.D or bother to explain anything.

Our "private room" had a door without lock but, more importantly, a HUGE HOLE in the wall (see pictures attached where I have tried to cover it with a blanket) which prevented us from having any privacy whatsoever and also made every sound every loud as there were no walls between us and the rest of the people.

The bed was really dirty with hairs on the sheets. The bathroom has not been cleaned for a long time as I managed to find spider webs inside the bath. There is creepy stuff everywhere and weird dusty stuffed toys.

My girlfriend and I checked out after the first nigh and were asked to pay for the remaining nights, all in cash, with the only ATM being over 1.5 miles away.

My girlfriend was to afraid to sleep because of how scary the entire place was. The hostel is located absolutely in the middle of nowhere in a very dodgy area so we found it hard to get back to the city.

Definitely not what we were expecting and the worst stay of my life.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank AndrewB350
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Reviewed 13 February 2016

What a wonderful place to relax after a week in Poblado. The rooms are comfortable and Mariano's the perfect host! If you're there on the weekend when he cooks breakfast you're in for a treat. Looking forward to coming back soon ~

Stayed: January 2016
Thank Alan A
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Reviewed 25 December 2014

If you’re like me and enjoy off the beaten path locales I would highly recommend the Secret Buddha Hostel. Yes, it’s not in the center of town but that’s what makes it unique and special. The metro is simple to use and you always have friendly staff and locals ready and willing to help you find your way.

The hostel is quiet and the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day in the busy chaotic streets of Medellin. The staff is friendly and always willing to help where they can. Mariano the owner is very friendly and extremely helpful.

My favorite area was the exquisite garden and outdoor seating area! If you’re an animal lover like me, you are going to love the two beautiful dogs that like to hang out in that area.

Overall I had a great stay here. Expect friendly staff, excellent service, spacious entertainment
rooms, clean rooms, and a peaceful retreat within Medellin.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We stayed here for one night, when we arrived cold wet and tired from a late flight to Medellin.
Although it was initially quite difficult to find, we were greeted warmly by Mariano, Anna and the lovely lady who worked there.
We were made to feel right at home, and pointed in direction of a local restaurant. We had a 7 bed dorm to ourselves, although if there was more people, there might have been an issue as no safe storage provided.

We woke to hot showers and a simple but tasty breakfast. In the daylight we were able to enjoy the lovely and peaceful gardens and enjoyed playing with their beautiful dogs.

The location didnt suit us as were thought it was closer to the city centre. It is however right on bus line to metro station and would be suitable for travellers seeking quiet and peaceful retreat.

Mariano the owner is very friendly and extremely helpful. Would highly recommend this friendly quiet retreat within medellin.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Secret Buddha Hostel Medellin

Address: calle 94 B sur No 51-121, la Estrella, Medellin, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #103 of 265 Speciality Lodging in Medellin
Price Range: RM 133 - RM 246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Buddha is a Boutique Hostel at regular rates, split in 2 levels in a 700m exotic garden lot w/ retro-asian design & unique architecture. We offer dormitories & private suites with brand new orthopedic mattresses, beds and bathrooms.rnrnPick up and transfer service rnrnWe have unique living room with chases and a 42' HD LCD flat screen, DVD, Play Station rnrn10 reasons why you should discover the BuddharnrnWe are the first and only boutique hostel in Medellin at hostel rates rnWe have home cooked meals from all over the world rnWe have easy accessible transport in and out of the hostel rnWe have nature at its best everywhere you look rnFantastic mattresses and brand new beds and bathrooms with 24 hr hot water rnThere is art and design architecture throughout rnBilingual owners, movies and books rnYou will discover authentic unique places that not even the locals know & enjoy with us the night life rnrnBuddha LifernrnParagliding (includes transport) to and from the flying site.rnHorseback riding in dancing horses ( Horse therapy,, equestrian lessons and even a ride with music and drinks)rnGuatape excursions (2nd largest rock in the world) you can climb it easily.rnPub crawls and salsa tours wiith lessons and much much more...rnrnrnOur GastronomyrnrnIn addition to all the things we offer in our Boutique Hostel in Medellin, our gastronomy is highly recognized. We do serve:rnrnBreakfast & Lunch Specials daily, as well as 2 type of dinner concepts:rnrn a) Our regular but themed dinners at 18000 cop per person, includes soup or salad, 2 main courses (we specialize in east asian fusion) and dessert. We focus on fruits and veggies from the season to create diishes that accomodate every palate (vegetarians & non vegetarians).rn rnb)Our unique 8 to 10 course feast at 28000/ person for the 8 to 10 course experience. We do that once a week depending on the number of people (minimum of 10) that are registered. Our maximum capacity for that meal is 22 people ... more   less 
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