Medellin Colombia

Gay Medellín Medellín City Guide

A transformative, eternally blue-skied city once the beloved home to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, Medellín retains a certain grit while also bursting with ever-friendly locals, inspiring nature and a burgeoning art scene. Today as you stroll around Medellin’s bustling streets and shaded parks, there is a tangible feeling of hope and innovation in the air, as well as chic boutiques, fun nightlife and moreish cuisine headed by the beany Baneja Paisa and avocado-sided Aijaco soup. Despite its rough edges and strong police presence, Medellín is one of Latin America’s most progressive cities, embracing diversity in unapologetically Latin style during the Medellín Pride fiesta continuing throughout June. But this is a city that knows how to party all year long, and Medellín nightlife is always a sight to behold. Pop down to El Poblado, the touristy heart of the city, or linger in Lleras for vibrant bars and restaurants amid neat ambience. Wondering what to do in Medellín? Mr Hudson’s ultimate Medellín gay city guide is here to save you.

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“I took a sip and had a dream,
And I woke up in Medellín.
The sun was caressing my skin,
Another me could now begin…”

The best hotels in Medellín

Let’s kick start this Medellín gay travel guide to the best hotels with the luxurious 5-star offering Celestino Boutique Hotel, a new addition to the city-based just 600 meters from Lleras Park and within walking distance of three other parks; Poblado, Linear and Dancer. While you’re bound to enjoy the surrounding nightlife and local food scene, for an extra special trip, book a room with a balcony. Closer to the food and nightlife hub of El Poplado is 14 Urban Hotel, supplied with a shared lounge, concierge service and optional tours. Boasting one of the best-rated locations in Medellín, 14 Urban Hotel also provides a daily continental breakfast. For something a little more cosy, opt for the Patio del Mundo guesthouse also found within El Poplado. Nestled away on a quiet residential street, this guesthouse has friendly staff, generous breakfasts and a private Jacuzzi in verdant environs.

Those staying longer in Medellín might consider staying with Viaggio Medellín Grand Select, providing loft and apartment living with huge interiors and terrace chill out areas. Featuring sleek, white façades, pretty city views and free-standing in-room bathtubs, Viaggio is both gay-friendly and stylish as hell. More apartments are up for grabs at Apartamentos Loma Verde, located just over a kilometre from Lleras Park in the optimum setting for relaxation. All rooms come with a garden, outdoor swimming pool and access to health and fitness facilities, while the more premium rooms feature patios with BBQ facilities and balcony areas with views of the mountains and cityscape.

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