Casa Malca used to belong to Colombia's notorious drug lord
Casa Malca used to belong to Colombia's notorious drug lord

Narcos fans can now stay in one of Pablo Escobar’s mansions

The drug lord’s Mexican property has been transformed into a luxury hotel

Helen Coffey
Thursday 20 July 2017 09:56
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Narcos fans can now stay at one of Pablo Escobar’s houses, which has been turned into a 35-room luxury hotel.

The mansion in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum sat empty for 14 years before being renovated by Lio Lamca, an art dealer based in New York who has transformed it into Casa Malca (casamalca.com).

"I purchased the property because I thought it was insane," he told Cool Hunter. "I could not believe that in this world, a property like this still exists and hasn't been taken over by a corporation."

For €450 (£395) a night, guests can stay in a property that once belonged to Colombia’s most notorious druglord.

Escobar was a controversial figure at the forefront of the Colombian cocaine scene in the 1980s and early 1990s. He headed up the Medellín Cartel which, at the height of its operations, brought in more than $70m (£54m) per day.

The property has been turned into a luxury hotel

The “King of Cocaine"’s story rose to prominence again in 2015, when Netflix Original series Narcos depicted Escobar’s rise to power and fall from grace – he was killed in a shoot-out in 1993.

Casa Malca is a world away from the property’s former owner. Filled with paintings, sculptures and furniture by a range of contemporary artists from Lamca’s personal collection, the hotel’s facilities include a steam room, pool and rooftop deck. It’s set right on the beach in Tulum, on the furthest corner of the Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.

Casa Malca is filled with contemporary artwork

The hotel’s kitchen uses locally-sourced produce wherever possible from small businesses in the area to produce traditional Yucatan cuisine, as well as more contemporary dishes from around the world.

Those looking for a touch of Pablo-esque danger on their getaway might just be disappointed…

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