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This is the best located hostel in Medellin. In one of the safest areas and nicest tree lined streets with very little traffic. Only eight minutes walk to the metro only minutes walk to malls, cheap restaurants, bars, clubs, the main University and anything else you might need.

Around the hostel there are plenty of outside areas to hang out in, something you may not find in other city hostels. There is a big balcony on the second floor outside the TV room with 2 hammocks. There is a reception/ office area which is staffed 24 hours a day. All the workers in the hostel are Colombian students studying at University and working part time in the hostel. Those in the day speak fluent English as well while those working at night normally only speak Spanish. A good opportunity to get some practise in. I'm around every day also to help out with whatever you may need, travel advice, psychiatry help, AA meetings, etc!

A ten minute walk away is the Zona Rosa of Medellin and all the bars and clubs you will need. If you want to go to the cinema, the biggest mall in Medellin is a ten minute walk away. There you can also buy whatever you need and there is a McDonalds if your desperate.

Bedrooms
Safe to say we have some of the most comfortable beds in Colombia. Most were made to order and are a full two metres long. Colombians are short so they have short beds. We like the big beds.  I think this is the only hostel in Colombia with two meter long beds. There are dorm rooms with four, six or eight beds. There are also three double rooms available and a single. Maybe I'll make a few more in the coming months.

Barbecue area
There is an outside patio with a big Argentinian style coal BBQ. You can use it whenever you like or we normally have a big cook up on Sundays. Its a great feed as much as you can eat, sausages, steak, chicken salads and potatoes.  We have just bought a huge new bbq. We can cook for up to forty people. A great night.

Bathrooms
There are nine toilets and six showers scattered around the house. If you've been hanging out for hot water for a while you're in luck because we have gas heated showers, nice and hot!

Office - Internet cafe
The office is located at the front of the house facing the street. There are four new Dell computers all with SKYPE installed to make long distance calls. All the computers have web-cameras and headphones. The speed is the fastest available in a hostel in Colombia at 4,000kbs, enough to watch live streaming rugby. There is also wireless internet available. You can also download/ burn all your photos to CD for no extra cost. We have a SD card reader if you don't have the cables.

Safety
This is a pretty safe hostel and nothing big has ever gone missing. However we do provide free lockers for those who want to lock away their stuff. Just bring a padlock. The main door to the hostel is always locked and the person on duty has the only key. Visitors are allowed in the hostel social areas but not in the guest rooms and only until eleven in the evening. After 11 its just the guests, cats and the guy on the desk!

Kitchen
We have a big kitchen where you can cook all you want. Oven, microwave and gas cookers. Also two big fridges to store all your food. One of the biggest supermarkets in town is only five minutes away. There is free coffee available all day. We have a big blender to make juices. Also don't forget that it is perfectly safe to drink the tap water in Medellin

Television room
During April, 2008, I finally joined the flat screen revolution and bought a 42 inch plasma which hangs proudly on the wall upstairs in the television room. We have direct TV so all the football, rugby games you want are live. Also we have over a hundred  DVD's to watch for free.

Information
Perhaps most importantly this is the best place to come in Medellin if you want information on travelling around Colombia. I have been in Colombia for over six years and have travelled extensively around the country in that time. I can help you plan your trip, tell you how to get to Panama overland, do some trips down the river to Venezuela, get off the gringo trail, whatever you like. If you want to explore this amazing country I'm happy to share with your my experiences. I'm not an absentee owner and spend at least sixty hours a week in the hostel. Even if you are not staying in the hostel feel free to write me an email at info@blacksheepmedellin.com and ask me any question you like. I'm happy to help.