The best Medellin hotels are predominantly located in the richer south of the city, particularly in El Poblado.
Many of the most luxurious hotels (including the Dann Carlton and San Fernando Plaza Hotel) can be found along the 'Milla de Oro' (Golden Mile), a southern section of Avenida Poblado.
Most backpacker hostels in Medellin are centered around Parque Lleras (the city main nightlife hub).
Probably the most luxurious hotel in the Medellin is the Dann Carlton Hotel, located in the business district of El Poblado.
It features a large array of facilities including gym, swimming pool and 360-degree roof-top restaurant with magnificent views across the city.
The hotel is in the heart of the financial district and so perfect if business is the purpose of your stay.
The hotel is close to many of the best restaurants and bars in the city and is about a 10-minute walk to Parque Lleras (the main nightlife hangout).
Roof-top restaurant in the Dann Carlton Hotel, Medellin
Located on Las Palmas Avenue, the main entry road to the city, is the impressive Hotel Intercontinental.
This is one of Medellin's most famous hotels and has long been the preferred choice of celebrities and foreign dignitaries.
It doesn't look quite as slick on the outside as some of Medellin's more modern hotels, but the interior is still the height of luxury.
There are an increasing numner of self-catering apartments in Medellin, but the one I generally recommend is Poblado Brownstone.
The location could hardly be more perfect - a minute from Parque Poblado (and a decent supermarket), and a few minutes from the razzle dazzle of Parque Lleras.
The rooms here are comfortable and good value.
One of the original hostels in the El Poblado sector of Medellin, the Black Sheep Hostel has a great reputation among travellers.
Run by a Kiwi called Kelvin the hostel is a handy 8 minute walk from the El Poblado Metro station and includes hot showers, internet (inc. wi-fi), TV, DVDs, and laundry service.
Pit Stop Hostel is a good option, especially for travellers who enjoy a bit of sport and exercise.
Incuded are hot showers, a pool table, TV, DVDs, Irish sports bar (live sport), basketball and volleyball court, swimming pool, small gym and steam room.