Pablo Escobar Mansion Reborn as Art-Filled Boutique Hotel

Casa Malca
Casa Malca

Art lovers, serenity seekers, and fans of the Netflix series Narcos might be among those visiting Tulum, Mexico, to occupy a residence of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Escobar's estate there has been slowly developed into an eco-friendly 35-room boutique hotel by New York-based art dealer Lio Malca over the past few years. Long empty after being seized by the Mexican government, the white-washed property was first Malca's vacation home before thoughtfully renovated to become a 5-star luxury destination called Casa Malca

"I purchased the property because I thought it was insane," 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.

Perched on the far end of the Yucatan peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and a jungle expanse, Casa Malca mixes locally sourced furnishings with modern and contemporary art, such as a Kaws sculpture and a Keith Haring-themed bar. Rooms start around $500.

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