We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Wandering Paisa

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Professional photos
The Wandering Paisa
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
There are newer reviews for The Wandering Paisa
See the most recent reviews
Showing 125: English reviews
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 6 July 2015

The location of The Wandering Paisa (Laureles) is great, as it's not completely overrun with tourists and rich locals like Poblado. The hostel has a great vibe, and a bar that offers drinks at good prices. The staff were all friendly and helpful, and we really enjoyed the free salsa lesson on Tuesday night. However, every night in our dorm...

5Thank CayleyJM
Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 4 July 2015

I went to Medellín and stayed at this The Wandering Paisa for four nights which was way too many. When I went to Medellin it was "puente" in Colombia (Monday was a bank holiday) which is why loads of people took a long weekend in the city. If I had the option I'd probably have moved to another hostel but...

2Thank Søren M
Wroclaw, Poland
Reviewed 2 July 2015

I wish I could have stayed longer. A great location and wonderful staff in a super cool city. I hope I get to return in the future and an especial thanks to that mature traveler I met in Kiev, Dave from Texas who gave me the business card for the place.

Thank MirekPolyniak
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 20 May 2015

I went to this hostel because it had a lot of good reviews and I couldn't find an AirBnb host in Medellín in time. The prices are good only $22 / night for the Ecuador private room or $8 / night for a shared room. Me and my girlfriend stayed in the Ecuador private room and it was a clean...

1Thank Chad D
Orlando, Florida
Reviewed 14 May 2015

Fantastic hostel in Medellín. It was only $22/night for the fairly spacious Ecuador room, and the shared sleeping spaces upstairs for $8/night looked pretty nice, too! There are numerous events offered at the hostel such as free salsa lessons and language exchange nights, and the bar and TV area both looked lovely. One terrible thing, though, was the wifi. There...

1Thank Katie J
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Like many people I ended up staying longer at this hostel than I originally planned. It has a great staff, a very laid-back atmosphere and several different spaces to hang out peacefully or be social. The location is excellent and safe and I recommend staying here instead of some hostel in poblado, which is a nice neighbourhood but is essentially...

Thank Martin B
Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

I stayed at the Wandering Paisa for about a month. It's in a great location, and perfect if you want something a little different from poblado. The staff are always friendly and helpful, and the owner is quick to fix any issues that might come up. The bar is cheap, with lots of great events that give you an opportunity...

1Thank Casey S
Reviewed 27 March 2015

We chose this hostel for location, away from the main gringo area, and for that this was good. However, I think this hostel has been overrated on tripadvisor. We stayed in a 8 bed dorm, which was pretty cramped. The showers were ok, although there were not that many for the number of rooms and beds. The social areas were...

Thank VonGregson
Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 17 March 2015

I think this hostel covers all your basic needs coming to Medellin as a backpacker. Great bar with good prices, clean, lots of big common areas, cool events like language exchange, open mic night or free salsa classes, and basic stuff like wifi, hot water, good kitchen facilities etc. are always available. The hostel is really well run, and if...

Thank hurrihh
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Its cheap like most like most of its kind, but what i did like was that they have a bar and a lot of people go to practice other languages si you get to know a lot of people....the only thing about this place is that some times is a littls crowded.

Thank Esteban R

24 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (11)
View from Room (2)
Room/Suite (4)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Bathroom (1)
Dining (1)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (13)
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Room/Suite (2)
Other (9)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Medellin hotels
2.8 km away
61Prado Guesthouse
61Prado Guesthouse
#5 of 101 in Medellin
207 reviews
3.2 km away
Ibis Medellin
Ibis Medellin
#7 of 101 in Medellin
838 reviews
4.9 km away
Black Sheep Hostel Medellin
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.5 km away
International House Medellin
1.2 km away
Urban Buddha Hostel Medellin
Urban Buddha Hostel Medellin
#27 of 172 in Medellin
148 reviews
5.1 km away
Saman Hostel Medellin
Saman Hostel Medellin
#1 of 172 in Medellin
343 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The authentic Paisa Backpackers experience! Centrally located and closest to the Metro and the "Local Zona Rosa". Safe, clean, and relaxing. Managed by an American and a Colombian, we seek to immerse travellers in the local "Paisa" culture while providing them with a safe and comfortable place to stay. We have the most comfortable beds in Medellin, along with hand painted murals in every room. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Wandering Paisa

Address: Calle 44 A No. 68 A 76 | Laureles, Medellin, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Antioquia Department > Medellin
Price Range: $17 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 32
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, HostelWorld, Odigeo, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your The Wandering Paisa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Wandering Paisa staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from The Wandering Paisa staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Great location to bars, restaurants, and dance clubs.”
 of 5 bubbles FranciscoJavierMacia, 26 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If you come to this place, try get one of the bigger dorms with fewer beds in it”
 of 5 bubbles obert1979, 26 Mar 2016 | Read review
“I had the private room with a toilet on the ground floor. A bit loud, but easy in and out.”
 of 5 bubbles gavins357, 11 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Best dorm room is definitely Uruguay in my opinion, AC and only four beds”
 of 5 bubbles conorm820, 4 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The 4-bed dorm has A/C”
 of 5 bubbles yup66, 12 Aug 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay