Medellín's variety of hotels caters to everyone. There are super chic options for well-heeled revelers as well as more conservative family-friendly lodgings. Below we've selected eight properties that specifically cater to kids or that are otherwise ideally suited to families.

Hotel Dann Carlton

The pool at the Dann Carlton (photo courtesy of Hotel Dann Carlton)

One of the city's most popular hotels, the stylishly contemporary Dann Carlton, is a large luxury hotel with 200 rooms of five different types. Its location in El Poblado is ideal—it's close to major shopping centers, including the Santa Fé mall, and just a five-minute walk from Parque Lleras, with its variety of upscale restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Two things we love about the Hotel Dann for families are the large outdoor pool and the rooftop restaurant, Tony Roma, which revolves 360° as you dine, holding kids spellbound.

Hotel Habana Vieja

Photo courtesy of Hotel Habana Vieja

If you prefer the intimacy of bed-and-breakfasts, then the quaint Hotel Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is right up your alley. A real home-away-from-home, this family-run property has heaps of charm. It enjoys a great location on the "Golden Mile" in El Poblado, as shopping malls, high-rise hotels, and office buildings surround it. The Santa Fé mall is a stone's throw away, plus the bed-and-breakfast has a garden for kids to run around. The name reflects the Cuban décor in the 13 individually themed rooms, including family rooms for up five people.


The lobby at the Selina (photo courtesy of Hostel Selina)

What's not to like about a stylish budget hostel that has in-house bicycle rental and tours? The Selina offers a selection of themed tours, from City Culture and a cool Gastronomic Bike Tour to a van excursion to nearby Guatapé. And the place is beyond cool. Kids will love the funky style of this eclectic and well-run hostel, where they'll get the added fun of sleeping in bunks in dorms. It also offers private deluxe rooms. Plus, there's an in-house tattoo shop, a yoga deck, and even a playground. The downside? It's noisy. It's a party hostel of the highest order. But this could be for you if you prefer a more communal lifestyle to your digs.

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Milla de Oro

The deck at the Milla de Oro (photo courtesy of Hotel Milla de Oro)

Children under 10 eat for free in the Milla de Oro's Restaurante Ocre. Moreover, parents get every third night free when booking a vacation package. This two-for-one deal is temptation enough, but Milla de Oro is also a no-brainer for its chic styling, plus added extras like a spa, solarium, gym, and self-service laundry. Located in the financial district, its main clientele is business travelers, but there are plenty of kid-friendly eateries just down the street.

Art Hotel Boutique 

The Art Hotel's chic lobby (photo courtesy of Art Hotel boutique)

A hotel with its own cinema? You bet! Art Hotel Boutique offers free nightly movies at 5:00 pm (some in English). The hotel is renowned for its "warehouse chic" styling, featuring concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and plenty of modern art. No surprise, the average clientele at this chic boutique hotel is young, fashion-conscious, and determined to make the most of the party-central location. In fact, the hotel brings the party in-house with its own rooftop lounge bar, so noise may be an issue for light sleepers. Fortunately, the thick brick walls do a good job of tamping things down.

Patio del Mundo

Dining area and back patio at Patio del Mundo (photo courtesy of Hotel Patio del Mundo)

If you prefer family-style intimacy, look to the Patio del Mundo, a lovely boutique hotel in a traditional Colombian villa lovingly restored and run by French hosts. Its large and exquisitely landscaped garden adds to the serenity despite its location in bustling El Poblado. Each of the seven rooms is individually themed with décor spanning the continents. No additional beds are available, so children will have to sleep with mom and dad, and kids below 12 years old aren't accepted. This really is a calm oasis, so hopefully, your adolescents are well-mannered.

Hotel Nutibara

The Hotel Nutibara (background to the left) overlooks Parque Botero

You couldn't ask for a better location for sightseeing than the Nutibara. This grand dame hotel overlooks Parque Botero in El Centro, the heart of downtown. With 128 rooms, it's a pleasantly medium-sized property that's not overwhelming. The large, recently renovated rooms boast subdued contemporary styling, while period decor recalling the hotel's 1940s heyday still graces public spaces. Take an upper-level room for the views; kids will enjoy watching the Metro trains passing by below. The El Centro Metro station is a stone's throw away. Children who are fussy eaters get a choice of fast-food options in the ground floor food court, which includes a Juan Valdéz Café. All things considered, the hotel is bargain-priced.

Hotel Movich Las Lomas

The lobby at the Movich (photo courtesy of Movich Hotels)

In lush uplands 30 minutes east of the city, a mere five minutes from the international airport, the elegantly contemporary Movich Las Lomas aims for business travelers but also welcomes families. It has heaps of child-friendly facilities, including a children's pool (plus an adult pool) and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. There are also ecological paths where peacocks and ducks wander the grounds. It's handily located for exploring nearby Guatapé.