EL ALTERNATIVO HOSTEL

Our philosophy and authenticity

Our Values

Stay at El Alternativo and live the experience.
In an ideal location, El Alternativo offers comfortable accommodation with affordable prices. Please come in and make yourself comfortable in a warm, friendly and cozy atmosphere.

We have put all our passion and creativity into this hotel to bring its colours and unique atmosphere, to create a place where everyone can feel relaxed. For a while, El Alternativo will become your temporary home, offering a healthy and pleasant environment while you discover the city of Medellin.

More than anything, you will have the opportunity to discover the Barrio Manila. This bohemian and safe neighbourhood is perfectly located in the Poblado area, close to all the urban transport (Metro, Bus, taxi) and all the services you might possibly need during your stay.

The area has plenty of restaurants and art, offering you piece of mind and quietness so you can sleep; but, if you also want to, la « Zona Rosa » and the nightlife, is located about 10 minutes walking distance.

A more responsible version of tourism


Focused on sustainability, we have chosen to give a second life and purpose to many of the items of furniture and objects inside the hostel. For all the other decoration we have always tried to use local crafts and natural materials, but not just that:


  • We use fresh and local produce to make the breakfast.
  • We recycle the solid waste like plastic, glass, metal and encourage our guests to do so as well.
  • We use biodegradable products locally produced on our cleaning and maintenance.
  • We employ auto stopping faucets, motion detectors, and electric showers in order to save water and electricity.

We are always looking new ways to reduce our impact on the environment!

Why come to El Alternativo?


1. A place designed for travellers by travellers.

2. 36 comfortable beds, several options with affordable pricing.

3. A delicious fresh breakfast included with your accommodation fees.

4. One philosophy, one place.

5. Feels like a home.

6. Perfect location to start your visit in the city.

7. A big rooftop to relax, talk and enjoy.

8. A nicely equipped kitchen for you to cook your own meals if that´s what you like.

9. Friendly staff working for you!

10. Routine and ecological treatment to clean, disinfect and eliminate bugs.