Fans of the Netflix series Narcos will be excited to learn that it’s now possible to stay at famed drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar’s former mansion, which has been turned into an art-filled boutique hotel. Located in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum in the Gulf of Mexico, Casa Malca has been renovated by New York-based art dealer Lio Malca and, though we didn’t think it possible, it’s more luxurious than ever.
With 42 rooms, Escobar’s home-turned-contemporary hotel is filled with artworks from Malca’s private collection, including pieces by American neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and beautiful Persian rugs. Cool, white walls, concrete floors and sweeping drapes provide the perfect backdrop. ‘I purchased the property because I thought it was insane,’ Lio Malca told Cool Hunting. ‘I could not believe that in this world, a property like this still exists and hasn’t been taken over by a corporation.’
Upon entering the property, a palm-lined path leads to a giant pair of doors concealed in a wall covered with tree bark. From there, the lobby is a gallery of works by revered artists, which are constantly on rotation to give guests new experiences. In the bedroom, a stark base palette is enriched with pops of colour in red velvet curtains, rugs and other plush furnishings. Tall glass doors open directly onto the tropical beach paradise outside.
Below the main mansion is a pool and a hidden steam room that lights up in different colours. A spiral staircase gives access to the terrace bar on the roof and there’s a restaurant on the property too, which makes use of top local produce to serve up traditional Yucatan cuisine and contemporary meals from around the world.
€450 (about R7 000) per night is what it’ll cost you to stay in the former mansion of Colombia’s most notorious drug lord. It’s living in the lap of luxury, though, so if you’re expecting a taste of the danger that came with the life of Pablo Escobar, you won’t find it here.
Visit casamalca.com for more details.