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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore an Urban Renaissance in Medellín

A slate of dramatic new parks, hotels, and art museums have transformed Colombia’s second-largest city, once a narco-trafficking capital, into one of South America’s most fashionable outposts.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy modern furnishings at Art Hotel Medellín.  

Unpack your bags at the splashiest new design-centric hotel in the city, The Charlee (from $220), where the smallest room is 500 square feet. Opened in December 2010, the property also houses a massive health club and spa and a rooftop pool.

Sleep around the corner from the trendy Parque Lleras district’s best clubs and restaurants at Art Hotel Medellín (from $120). Its 54 rooms sport interior brick walls that contrast with bright red chairs. The hotel is also home to a private cinema that frequently hosts film festivals and art-house flicks.

Retreat from the city center at the 24-room Hotel y Parque Ecológico Piedras Blancas Piedras Blancas (from $165), which sits in the forested mountains and can be conveniently reached by cable car. Bordering an ecological park, the property includes access to canoes, zip lines, fishing, hiking, and a butterfly farm.

Published on Jan 6, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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