Most travelers, quite rightly, choose to stay in the upscale neighborhood of El Poblado, in close proximity to La Zona Rosa, with its many restaurants/bars and excellent shopping, as well as Vía de las Palmas, Medellín’s glitzy party avenue. From Poblado, a 10-minute metro ride will drop you within easy reach of the city’s main sights, and you will likely be able to walk (or take a short cab ride) home after bar-hopping at night. If money is tight, a number of midrange establishments orbit Carrera 70, near Medellín’s stadium, and there are dozens of super budget options in the city center; it’s important to note that this area is rougher around the edges (and seedier at night) than either Laureles or El Poblado. Though the area isn’t unsafe, it’s worth spending up for location, greater comfort, and facilities—upscale and midrange hotels in Medellín are much cheaper than those in Bogotá and Cartagena, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what just US$100 will buy you. Medellín is becoming an increasingly “hot” tourist destination, and you should always make reservations in advance, especially during holiday weekends and the main tourist season (Dec and Aug).
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