Manila Neighborhood: The Best Place to Stay in Medellin, Colombia

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Manila neighborhood in Medellín, Colombia.

Manila – a small yet mighty neighborhood located in el Poblado, Medellín, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the best places to stay in Medellín. Stick with us as we explore this quirky barrio and why it’s one of Medellín’s hottest up-and-coming areas.

Manila is a semi-residential, leafy neighborhood with a fascinating history. At the beginning of the 20th Century, wealthy families who lived in Medellín’s Prado and Centro neighborhoods would get the tram and then a horse and cart over to Manila. Here, they constructed a collection of fincas (rural estates) as their vacation homes. They populated them with animals and fruit trees and made fresh mountain water wells. Now part of the bustling metropolis of el Poblado, Medellín, it’s hard to believe the way this neighborhood started out. This curious mix of past and present adds to the irresistible charm and character of Manila.

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Manila: 20th Century Charm meets 21st Century Modernity

Today, Manila is characterized by its modern coffee shops, international restaurants, and quality hotels and hostels. It still retains a hint of its past, with traditional architecture, big houses, and old trees lining its streets. Manila is located right between Avenida El Poblado and Avenida Las Vegas. It is like a small island within El Poblado; a refuge from all the chaos and movement that you will generally encounter around Parque Lleras and Provenza. However, these tourist attractions are just a 10-minute walk away, and the metro station is just a 5-minute walk. Just one of many reasons why Manila is one of the best places to stay in Medellín. 

Where to stay in El Poblado?

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Apartment for rent in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

If you’re looking for accommodation options for El Poblado, Manila is without a doubt the best area to stay in Medellín. We recommend this house in Manila, a super stylish 4-bedroom condo with room for up to 10 guests. This new place feels cozy yet still gives the vibe of a 5-star hotel. With warm lighting, high-quality furnishings, and sophisticated, locally sourced decor, you won’t want to leave this home from home. Of course, one of our favorite features is the hot tub, which stands pride of place in the living area. We will run it fresh for you upon arrival. Crack open a bottle of bubbly and live the life you know you deserve!

The apartment doesn’t skimp on luxury amenities. For example, in every bathroom, you will find shampoo and conditioner from a luxury local Colombian brand, plus everything that you need to feel right at home. There is a free washer/dryer in case you are staying for a longer period of time, and every room is equipped with A/C and fans to keep cool. There are also cooking basics in the kitchen. However, one of the biggest benefits of this condo is that the price includes a maid service for your cooking and cleaning needs from 8 AM to 4 PM. 

Private accommodations in Manila: A superior stay in Medellin

8 Bedroom House: Walking Distance to Best Places

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Apartment for rent in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

Discover this spectacular house located in one of the best places in El Poblado. This brand new house is one of the best places to stay in Medellin, as it has 8 fully equipped rooms with private bathrooms and all the amenities available. It also has a rooftop with a jacuzzi where you can relax and enjoy the view, and a barbecue for you to enjoy a good BBQ day. In addition, its privileged location means that the best restaurants such as Carmen, Oci, or Dos Santos, and the best nightclubs such as Vintrash, Teatro Victoria, or Gusto, are only a walking distance away.

12 Bedroom Luxury Villa in El Poblado: Perfect for Large Groups

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12 Bedroom Luxury House in the Heart of El Poblado neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia.

This is definitely the best place to host large groups or entire families in all of Medellín. This 12-room brand new house is a total luxury thanks to all the spaces it has: private bathrooms in each room, three living rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, work area, two hot tubs, a rooftop, and a laundry area. It is also very well located, so you will find the best restaurants, coffee shops, boutique stores, bars, rooftops, and nightclubs just a few steps away.

Where to eat and drink: The best bars and restaurants in Manila Medellin

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General Café Bar in Manila neighborhood, Medellín, Colombia.

Best eats in Manila, Poblado

Manila is full to bursting with fantastic places to eat and drink. It was hard to narrow the list down, but below you can find some of our favorites in Manila. Mamasita Medallo is a restaurant that sells typical Colombian food and has a great daily happy hour. If you have a hankering for pizza, head down to El Zorro y la Gitana for incredible artisan pizzas. We have already raved about Alambique in our Medellín Best Restaurants Blog, and it’s definitely worth a visit. If you fancy some Asian food, the best in Manila is Bao Bei; so good, in fact, that they have a waiting list via WhatsApp. El Altar Taquería sells tacos exactly as they should be sold: cheap, messy, and full of flavor. If it’s coffee or brunch you’re looking for, Hija Mía sells a fantastic cup of home-roasted coffee and has a super varied menu.

Nightlife in Manila, Poblado

In Manila, the vibe is very different from the bars you generally find in Parque Lleras or Provenza. Think more underground, more speakeasy-style. We love 7 Pulgadas – they call themselves a “Listening Bar”: it is super small and intimate with low lighting and old records everywhere. You can’t leave Manila without visiting Palma Piton. This architecturally stunning bar has live music, great drinks, and plants everywhere. La Pequeña Gran Libreria (The Little Big Bookstore) is a super unique bar concept where you can play classic board games on little tables outdoors whilst sipping wine. And if you want to party or dance, you can head to the rooftops of local hostels El Viajero and Los Patios. They open their rooftop parties to everyone, and not just hostel guests.

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Manila: A Cultural and Gastronomic Hub

Despite its small size, Manila spearheads and participates in many cultural events throughout the year. The community feeling of Manila as a neighborhood manifests itself in many ways. For example, back in 2022, Manila hosted an “Encanto” themed event. The community opened dialogues about mental health, whilst celebrating the famous “Feria de las Flores” (Medellín Flower Festival). Every year on December 7th, Manila also celebrates “Día de las Velitas” (little candle day). This is a Colombian Christmas tradition where people light candles in the street, representing hope and faith. Festival Manila a la Calle also saw varied gastronomic offerings, dancing, and the celebration of Colombian culture. Manila also got the original nickname of “Calle de la Buena Mesa”, a gastronomic celebration of the varied international offerings that can be found in one street.

Safety and Accessibility in Manila Medellin

It is well-known that el Poblado is one of the safest areas for travelers and tourists in Medellín. Within el Poblado, Manila is specifically praised for its safety, tranquillity, and green landscapes. Provenza can be loud and filled with people partying at all hours of the day and night. Manila is quieter and has a more chill atmosphere. However, it is still plenty close to the action, and Ubers are cheap and plentiful in the area. In terms of safety, it goes without saying that you will be fine in Colombia if you make smart decisions. Keep your wits about you at all times, and “don’t give papaya” as they say in Colombia. This basically means don’t flash what you’re not prepared to lose.

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Best Place to Stay in Cartagena Colombia

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Luxury Villa in Cartagena, Colombia.

Cartagena is one of the most visited places in Colombia. Its allure lies in its rich tapestry of food, culture, and history. When it comes to accommodations, Cartagena offers a range of options (hotel, hostel, villa, etc.), each with its own set of pros and cons. Cartagena has many accommodation possibilities, but the best place to stay in Cartagena Colombia is one that many people still do not consider in their options when looking for accommodation.

Hotels stand out as the most popular choice. However, they can be quite expensive, especially during peak tourist seasons. On the other hand, hostels are ideal choices for budget-conscious travelers, but they can be quite cramped, which can compromise security measures.

Villas are becoming a more popular option and the best place to stay in Cartagena Colombia over hotels, hostels, and Airbnb. They are usually more spacious and provide a more home-like atmosphere. Villas are also often in great locations and are ideal for groups of all sizes. Villas can include all services: laundry, security, cleaning, meals, cooks, and a private chef. Villas also have a pool, are private, and are party-friendly. 

We have created a list of the best places to stay in Cartagena Colombia. Read on to learn about these villas!

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Luxury Private Villas: Best Place to Stay in Cartagena Colombia

Luxury Villas in the city of Cartagena is the best place to stay in Cartagena Colombia. These villas are mostly located inside the Walled City of Cartagena, which makes them even more magical because of their proximity to all the historical sites of the city and the best places: bars, restaurants, rooftops, cafes, and nightclubs. The luxury villas are totally private houses perfect for any type of group that wants to visit the city: from a large family to very large groups of friends who are looking for comfort and being all together in the same place.

In addition, in the luxury private villas, you can include for you and your group all the amenities you want: from a private chef to prepare the best local meals, to organizing pool parties. This is why villas are the best place to stay in Cartagena Colombia, as they are the best type of accommodation available to enjoy the city without worries.

Below are some of the best places to stay in Cartagena Colombia:

Casa Mantilla

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Steeped in history and architectural splendor, Casa Mantilla offers a glimpse into Cartagena’s colonial or historical past.  It is a place where you can experience the perfect mix of modern comforts and historic charm.

This 11-bedroom, 12-bathroom Cartagena villa can comfortably host up to 22 guests.

This meticulously restored villa features ornate balconies, traditional furnishings, and a charming central courtyard adorned with cascading vines and colorful blooms.

With its timeless charm, gorgeous architecture, top-notch amenities, and gracious hospitality, Casa Mantilla promises an unforgettable stay right in the heart of Cartagena.

Villa Estrella

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

Perched on the edge of Cartagena’s historic district, Villa Estrella captivates visitors with its impeccable design and timeless elegance. This 19th-century villa features resplendent decor where high wood beam ceilings and brick archways provide the backdrop for the antiques and artwork throughout.

Villa Estrella boasts a harmonious blend of traditional architecture and modern amenities. These include private terraces, a tranquil courtyard, and a rooftop pool offering panoramic vistas of the city’s skyline.

In addition, Villa Estrella has the advantage of being an incredible wedding venue that allows up to 80 guests. The spaces of this villa, its pool that turns into a dance floor, and its rooftop perfect for photo shoots make it the perfect place to celebrate your big day in a colonial house in the historic city of Cartagena. If you want to see more of Villa Estrella as a wedding venue click here.

Casa Damas

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

Steeped in history and charm, Casa Damas transports guests to a bygone era of colonial splendor. With spacious living areas, two pools, and five huge bedrooms, each complete with large en-suite bathrooms and king king-size bed, you will find everything you need for your Cartagena vacation.

This meticulously restored villa features intricately carved wooden balconies, antique furnishings, and a serene courtyard adorned with tropical foliage. With its intimate ambiance and personalized service, Casa Damas offers a truly unforgettable retreat.

Staff can also be on hand to assist with cleaning, cooking, and all your needs – you only need to ask and we will provide.

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Casa Botero

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

Experience the epitome of lavish living at an extraordinary 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom villa, a palatial haven accommodating up to 12 guests with unrivaled sophistication. Nestled strategically within the enchanting confines of Cartagena’s Walled City, this residence seamlessly marries historic allure with contemporary opulence. Adorned with breathtaking architecture and top-tier amenities, the villa guarantees an unforgettable sojourn at the very heart of Cartagena.

Immerse yourself in the allure of this spectacular retreat, where each moment promises a perfect fusion of luxury and comfort. To elevate your experience, the dedicated staff stands ready to cater to your every whim, offering seamless assistance with culinary delights, meticulous cleaning, and personalized service, ensuring an unparalleled getaway for you and your esteemed group. Your desires are commands in this exclusive haven of indulgence.

Casa Moneda

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Discover this stunning 10-bedroom villa tucked away in the lively streets of Cartagena’s historic Walled City! This spacious getaway is perfect for big groups or families, accommodating up to 24 guests comfortably.

Step out onto the terrace and soak in the incredible views of the cityscape while enjoying your very own private jacuzzi. Whether it’s lounging in the Caribbean sun or marveling at the city lights at night, this outdoor haven is ideal for unwinding and making lasting memories with loved ones.

Inside, the villa offers a perfect balance of comfort and practicality. Each of the ten bedrooms provides a cozy retreat for relaxation, ensuring a peaceful night’s sleep after a day of exploring. The living areas are roomy and inviting, providing plenty of space for gatherings and quality time together.

All of our villas have amenities to suit every group. Take a look at all the options available and let your stay in Cartagena be totally out of the ordinary.

Casa Mattos

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

This amazing house will wow you from the moment you step in, especially with a Botero Sculpture greeting you in the courtyard. It’s pretty unique as it might be the only house around with its own elevator.

It has two big pools plus a smaller one just for kids, so everyone has space to enjoy. Each of the 10 bedrooms is big, cozy, and comes with its own bathroom. If you need it, there’s even an option to set up an 11th bedroom for a bit extra.

Every room has air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable, and all the bathrooms are stocked with toiletries.

Villa Mariposa

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

Nestled amidst the tropical foliage of Cartagena’s coastal landscape, Villa Mariposa is a sanctuary of modern indulgence and natural beauty. This newly renovated 21-bedroom house is fully equipped to allow guests to unwind in luxurious comfort while immersing themselves in the stunning surroundings.

You will love the sleek design elements, spacious living areas, billiards table, rooftop views, and two private pools overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean.

The house has a full staff including nighttime security, a chef, a cleaner, and a butler.

Casa Caribe

Luxury Private Villa in Cartagena Colombia

In the center of Cartagena´s Old City, this newly renovated 13-bedroom house captures the essence of Caribbean charm as it invites guests to experience the ultimate seaside escape.

Casa Caribe features breezy open-plan living spaces, expansive ocean views, and a private beachfront terrace perfect for alfresco dining and relaxation. With its laid-back vibe and coastal chic decor, Casa Caribe offers a slice of paradise in Cartagena.

It also features a ping pong table and two private pools. Located in the beautiful San Diego neighborhood, you are in the best neighborhood in the Old City.

Why are Villas the Best Place to Stay in Cartagena Colombia?

From the cobblestone streets of the old town to the sun-drenched shores of the Caribbean coast, Cartagena beckons travelers with its enchanting blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking a romantic retreat, a family getaway, or a luxurious escape with friends, these exceptional villas offer the perfect setting for an unforgettable stay in this captivating Colombian city.

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