Hotel Escobar – The Luxury Prison Pablo Escobar Built for Himself

Hotel Escobar – The Luxury Prison Pablo Escobar Built for Himself


It’s the early 1990s and the world’s biggest
drug kingpin, who is also one of the world’s richest people, is sitting back in his jacuzzi. He has a glass of champagne to one side of
him and a meal to the other side that was put together by one of his personal chefs. He’s in a good mood since his favorite soccer
team, Atlético Nacional, is winning 3-0. While this is going on tons of his cocaine
are being both snorted and transported all over the world. Looking through a window he sees the usual
evening fog start to encapsulate his mountain fortress. He’s safe and sound, and living a life of
luxury…and yet…he’s officially in prison. Pablo Escobar, aka, “The King of Coke”,
or to his allies, El Patrón, doesn’t need much of an introduction. He became the richest criminal in the world,
with a fortune amounting to as much as $30 billion. One of the reasons many of you will know a
lot about this man’s life story is because in death he’s also made a lot of money for
Netflix. Perhaps no other criminal has featured in
movies and series as much as Pablo has done over the last decade. He started his life of crime in his teen years,
selling fake high school diplomas. He soon moved into moving fake lottery tickets,
stealing cars and other petty crimes. But it was smuggling that would make him a
millionaire as a young man. Let’s first see how cocaine consumption
got going in the U.S., Pablo’s Escobar’s most faithful customer. Cocaine had actually been consumed in the
USA and Europe a long time before Pablo came on to the scene. In 1884, an Austrian neurologist who became
the founder of psychoanalysis, said cocaine was a, “magical substance.” He was of course Sigmund Freud and he struggled
to quit taking the stuff in his later years. The U.S. Food and Drug Act of 1906 ensured
that if cocaine was added to certain products, then that should be on the label. You might remember that Coca-Cola famously
added it to its secret recipe, and from 1899 to 1903 no doubt Coke drinkers also agreed
that the drink was pretty magical. The creator of Coca-Cola, John Pemberton,
actually devised the Coca-leaf infused drink as a way to deal with his own morphine addiction. In 1914, the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act came
into effect, and this regulated the sale of cocaine and other narcotics. The stimulant had been around on the streets
for a long time before that, but used mainly on the fringes of society. It was used by some poorer folks who required
the extra push for the hard work they did. The drug was stigmatized, and outlandish,
racist and ridiculous things were said about the minorities and working classes that allegedly
took the stuff. This is a long way from Escobar’s high castle. We just want you to know that a long time
before 21st century news reports told us that 90 percent of U.S. banknotes contained traces
of cocaine, it existed on the fringes of society. By the time the 1950s rolled around in the
USA, cocaine was thought to be a thing of the past, a substance still associated with
poorer folks. According to a research article called “The
‘Pre-Colombian’ Era of Drug Trafficking in the Americas: Cocaine, 1945-1965”, in
the 1950s very few smugglers brought the drug to the USA from various parts of South America. In the 60s things changed, and in 1969 when
The Beatles released “Abbey Road” and many Americans experienced “3 Days of Peace
& Music” at the Woodstock festival, the 20-year old Pablo Escobar was about to embark
on a career smuggling cocaine to the USA. Fast-forward a few years and cocaine had been
redefined as a party drug and associated with wealth and glamorous discos. It was no longer a pick-me-up for a farm laborer. Cocaine had made a comeback and Pablo Escobar
was behind it. In the mid-70s while Americans were doing
lines in restroom stalls, he had already banked around $3 million. His operations got bigger; he devised more
smuggling routes and bought more airplanes, and in the 1980s the U.S. was flooded with
cocaine. Wall Street brokers couldn’t get through
a morning without a “straightener” and it wouldn’t be long until the drug had infiltrated
many, many neighborhoods in the U.S. Now Pablo is a billionaire. He’s thought of as a Robin Hood to the poor
communities he helps in Colombia and there aren’t many officials he doesn’t have
in his pockets. Then a man named Luis Carlos Galán comes
onto the political scene in Colombia and he wants to win the 1990 presidential election. He wants to clean things up and get rid of
corruption and of course he has an extreme dislike of Escobar’s Medellin Cartel. The U.S. wanted Escobar extradited to face
the music there, and Galan supported this. This was bad news for Pablo and it wasn’t
long until Galan was assassinated. One of the Cartel’s hitmen, John Jairo Velásquez
a.k.a. “Popeye”, has since stated that Pablo was behind that. We should also remember that the cartel still
had many paid friends in politics and the military, and Galan being President would
have put a dent in their under-the-table paychecks. The thing was, Escobar and his cartel had
just got out of hand. There had been too much blood on the streets
and taking Galan out was seen as perhaps having too much power. There was also a lot of pressure from the
USA. A new government came in, and under the Colombian
Constitution of 1991 the extradition of Colombians to the U.S. was not allowed. This part of the constitution was no doubt
ghost-written by Escobar. Knowing he couldn’t be sent to the U.S.
for a life-long stay in an isolated cell, Escobar made a deal with the Colombian government. He gave himself up and agreed to spend five
years in prison, only there was a catch. He would design the prison himself and be
guarded by people he wanted to guard him. This only could happen after handshakes with
some corrupt officials in the Colombian government. What Escobar had in mind was not exactly four
walls, a cement bed and a steel basin. In was in fact, quite the opposite. What he envisioned for his confinement was
more like an opulent palace, replete with all modern conveniences. This is why the place has been called “Hotel
Escobar” or “Club Medellín.” At the same time, his communications with
the outside world weren’t to be affected by his confinement, so in a way all that had
happened is he was being guarded from his enemies rather than being kept in. Escobar was well-aware that a lot of people
wanted him dead, so the location of his hotel-prison was on a mountain-top. He’d chosen this location after a scouting
trip with his brother. From there he could see anyone approaching,
and the place had telescopes for long distance surveillance. It was not an easy place to travel to, and
any enemies coming to get him would have had difficulties trying to navigate that mountain
terrain. The area was also covered in fog much of the
day which would make an air-assault very difficult. Suffice it to say, the prison was armed like
a fortress and included a large building that contained weapons and ammunition. Escobar’s hotel might not have looked too
luxurious from the outside, after all, he had to keep up the appearance that he was
being detained. It was surrounded by high walls and barbed
-wire fences. Once you got over those walls, though, things
were a little different. Escobar was a big fan of soccer, so of course
he had a soccer field where he and his men could have a kick-a-about. It was a quality pitch, too, and at one point
Escobar even invited the Colombian National Team to have a game there. According to hitman “Popeye”, on one occasion
all 22-players for the national team of ‘91 actually did make the trip up the mountain,
even though they required some off-road vehicles to get there. First they enjoyed a lunch fit for kings and
after that, Escobar donned a pair of his best cleats and grabbed hold of a ball. The slightly-overweight Escobar wasn’t exactly
in the same league as those guys, but they played along with him. He wasn’t the kind of man a player would
want to slide tackle. The prison guards served refreshments from
the sidelines, and after the game those same guards served drinks to Escobar and players
as they partied in the disco. As for the interior of the residence, it had
to be luxurious enough so that he could host parties there and people could sleep over
in rooms befitting a five-star hotel. The kitchen was grand, like that of a large
hotel, which had all state-of-the-art appliances. Escobar had his 42nd birthday up there and
he was in a mood to celebrate. He put on an elaborate dinner that was cooked
by chefs that had come from some of the finest restaurants in Medellin. Escobar loved his food, especially after he’d
had a few drinks and smoked some of his beloved weed. For his party, his family and many of his
closest friends were invited. On the menu that evening was turkey, smoked
salmon, smoked trout and caviar. Some of the rooms were what you call party
rooms, so people could play billiards or watch sports on the largest TV-screens of the day. There was a larger space where you could party
all night long, dancing under disco lights. The dance floor had a rotating disc in the
middle, so men could dance around the models Escobar occasionally invited up to his hotel
in the clouds. When models weren’t available, he would
invite escorts to his castle. They’d sneak up the mountain hidden in military
vehicles and then be taken down the next day. Money, women, provisions, would all be taken
up there secretly, usually when there was that cover of fog. Millions of dollars went up and down that
mountain. For relaxation he had a jacuzzi and sauna
fitted, while there was also a pool, gym and a waterfall. Unfortunately, the exotic animals he had once
had for his personal zoo didn’t end up on the mountain. He did, however, manage to build a life-size
dollhouse for when his daughter would come to visit. It’s thought during his time there he had
around 300 visits from guests, but the party would soon be over. The place wasn’t even completed when word
got out that Escobar had ordered the murder of two cartel members. Some say they were brutally tortured first,
while other accounts state they were just shot and buried inside the prison walls. The CIA was listening into his phone calls,
so Escobar had to start using carrier pigeons. If they were ever intercepted, on their legs
would be a little label that read, “Pablo Escobar—Maximum Security Prison—Envigado.” After staying up there for just over a year,
the Colombian government decided that it was time to send him to a normal prison, which
wasn’t to Escobar’s liking. Some factions of the government had found
out about his luxurious lifestyle in his mansion and weren’t happy about it. As to the agreement, they couldn’t move
Escobar, but they could condemn him to a cell if it was at the same facility. Escobar wasn’t in favor of staying in a
real cell, and the country’s extremely corrupt Bureau of Prisons obviously wasn’t up to
the job of building real cells. Even private contractors were too scared to
go up there, with one saying, “We are not going to build a cage with the lion already
inside.” Escobar had to be taken down from that mountain. In July, 1992, the 4th brigade of the Colombian
National Army surrounded La Catedral’s facility. They had in tow the country’s Vice Minister
of Justice. The men had guns pointed at the place, and
in at least one book it’s written that when Escobar ordered the men to lower their weapons,
they did. But when Escobar took that minister hostage
all hell broke loose. One man was killed and others were injured. It might never be known how he just managed
to walk out of that place, but he seemed to easily get past many armed men who’d been
trained by the United States Delta Force. He would evade capture for 16 more months,
and then he would be shot dead. If you liked this video then we’ve got two
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100 Comments

  • n4gauge

    February 21, 2020

    they should make jails like this so no one would try to escape, then they wont need that much security means less upkeep

    Reply
  • Lefteris the builder

    February 21, 2020

    when you have this video and another video from unbox therapy called "Unboxing The Pablo Escobar Fold 2
    " in your recommended the same time…

    Reply
  • vineet purohit

    February 21, 2020

    Everyone have watched NARCOS.

    Reply
  • Nick Tamez

    February 21, 2020

    You guys have way too many commercials. I would actually subscribe and watch more videos if you did something about that, otherwise, its just annoying.

    Reply
  • Aiomksiar Syiemlieh

    February 21, 2020

    Every one has their prison

    Your home

    Reply
  • Rick O'Shay

    February 21, 2020

    Don Zaluchi: I, too, don't believe in drugs. For years I paid my people extra to stay away from that sort of stuff, but someone comes along saying, I've got powders where if you put up a three to four thousand dollar investment, you can make fifty thousand distributing, then there is no way to resist it. I want to keep it respectable. I don't want it near schools. I don't want it sold to children! That's an infamia. In my city, we'd keep the traffic to the Dark People, the Coloreds – they're animals anyway, so let them lose their souls.

    Reply
  • Luke Molyneux

    February 21, 2020

    Stop flogging that story. Get original content like you used to!

    Reply
  • Dev Patil

    February 21, 2020

    Lived life and didn't give a f cause no one cares naww!!

    Reply
  • Fushica

    February 21, 2020

    Do a video about his Zoo

    Reply
  • MR TEAGLE

    February 21, 2020

    His son is in prison now their both spending quality time together

    Reply
  • Linda McNally

    February 21, 2020

    I love smoked salmon

    Reply
  • RecVideoRoblox31

    February 21, 2020

    He is the king of coke
    Can I have a bottle?
    Or a bag of it?
    Let me sniff 4 bags

    Actually 50 bags

    Reply
  • Mitchell Mr. Hockey

    February 21, 2020

    Do backstage d day about the bluffs and the highlights of the plan

    Reply
  • ItsEricBoi

    February 21, 2020

    As a criminal I can say this man was a hero haha

    Reply
  • Kitanai Koneko

    February 21, 2020

    Used to be a poor mans drug. Now a rich mans drug. Wonder who made that happen. Oh that's right the government.

    Reply
  • GoldEn Goat

    February 21, 2020

    Untill now pablo escobar was one of my top badass people to live, now he may be the number one

    Reply
  • Rachel Drake

    February 21, 2020

    I have a question. “What would happen if you were pregnant on the moon?”
    Please make this a video!

    Reply
  • PandaBoy 80

    February 21, 2020

    Say soccer one more time I dare you. Don't get triggered

    Reply
  • B Madej

    February 21, 2020

    do a iraq war video. like this if you agree

    Reply
  • TOPDOG JR 006

    February 21, 2020

    Can you do a video about the Boston marathon bombing plz

    Reply
  • Edwing Garcia

    February 21, 2020

    Hey, Infographics can you please do a challenge about being a kid for 24 hours?

    Reply
  • Ali Hau

    February 21, 2020

    America only killed him once they couldn't control him

    Reply
  • DeeJay McLean

    February 21, 2020

    Escobar get a ultimate white collar prison until he decides he still wants to have his competition brutally murdered…

    Reply
  • Truth be Damned

    February 21, 2020

    Taking out a presidential candidate was "perhaps" going a little too far? lol. Ya think?

    Reply
  • Fe4RLesss damian

    February 21, 2020

    My last name is Escobar

    Reply
  • babatunsdai brunner

    February 21, 2020

    now I see why some like Coca-Cola and some like Pepsi. I thought it was a rumor

    Reply
  • Mr

    February 21, 2020

    Video starts 5:20

    Reply
  • Ibrahim Khan

    February 21, 2020

    😂

    Reply
  • Kiwi

    February 21, 2020

    He doesn't seem so Bad , he was just selling substances. Without the fingers of the government

    Reply
  • BIGGVS HAVTIVS DICKVS II

    February 21, 2020

    0:38 could be me … without the modern day clothes and groovy moustache. 👍😏

    Reply
  • KZAtooGood

    February 21, 2020

    This guys a perfect example of why The Punisher kills criminals instead of taking em to Jail

    Reply
  • NerfTheForce

    February 21, 2020

    I love this channel because I know it’s a trustworthy source so every time I watch a video I know I have learned something that isn’t false

    Reply
  • Ty Rickman

    February 21, 2020

    I love the Infographics show 🥰

    Reply
  • Emerald Minecart

    February 21, 2020

    4:41 yay lithuanian flag

    Reply
  • Gabriel Johansen

    February 21, 2020

    Hotel?

    Trivago

    Reply
  • Comments I Guess

    February 21, 2020

    Politics is a parody of itself.

    Reply
  • Glaze4K

    February 21, 2020

    These animations are cringe

    Reply
  • Aj's allotment garden

    February 22, 2020

    RIP WHAT A LEGEND

    Reply
  • King Bartu

    February 22, 2020

    Love how the netflix guy laughes

    Reply
  • King Bartu

    February 22, 2020

    2:14 please stop using this character he is disgusting

    Reply
  • No Rulez

    February 22, 2020

    Imagine having your jail as a better living spacd than yours.

    Reply
  • Luca A.

    February 22, 2020

    Soy el fuego que arde tu piel soy el agua que mata tu sed

    Reply
  • chexh catialo

    February 22, 2020

    Escabar won't have any luxuries in US supermax prison!

    Reply
  • Shrivvlez

    February 22, 2020

    This video was way better than the moronic Coronavirus video you made. This is actually interesting, NOT some random boring story about a trip to China and barely teaching us much.

    Reply
  • ATS_

    February 22, 2020

    La Catedral*

    Reply
  • nathan powell

    February 22, 2020

    Am I the only one that noticed the Hitman reference

    Reply
  • Monkeys Crazy

    February 22, 2020

    That’s not jail

    Reply
  • Offical Legardokoth Phoniex

    February 22, 2020

    Wait a minute….
    I think this video exists because of the Escobar Fold 2!
    Everyone else: nice job sherlock!

    Reply
  • Kazumi TheOtaku

    February 22, 2020

    Wow that guy is smart

    Reply
  • Habib Normagomedovgh

    February 22, 2020

    this is a bs channel

    Reply
  • TSHEN Vids

    February 22, 2020

    Today Escobar phone kinda cheap

    Reply
  • Kriday 20 Euros

    February 22, 2020

    He went from Pablo Escobar
    To Pablo Chocobar

    Reply
  • Funtime Foxy Gaming SSS

    February 22, 2020

    Coming here after Escobar Fold 2 phone owned by Pablo Escobar's family.

    Reply
  • d MT

    February 22, 2020

    I always thought Escobar didn't drink alcohol?

    Reply
  • thepeff

    February 22, 2020

    "models"

    Reply
  • House of random 2019

    February 22, 2020

    The guy is basically under house arrest?!?!

    Reply
  • Jupers Nikk

    February 22, 2020

    "In 1991 the extradition of Columbians to the U.S was not allowed"

    Why did he go to the jail at all if he was a king in his country? ;D

    Reply
  • Impro

    February 22, 2020

    So basically it's a norwigian prison

    Reply
  • jason santana

    February 22, 2020

    Why did no one hit this guy with a drone strike, if they wanted to take him out so badly???

    Reply
  • Evolved Dragon

    February 22, 2020

    "Popeye", died of cancer not too long ago. There's rumors that he took with him the secret to even more barrels packed full of millions, this is the money that he eas to turn in. Others say someone in his family knows where it is.

    Reply
  • El Padrino

    February 22, 2020

    Let's be honest i came to compare from NARCOS🤣

    Reply
  • Invalid User

    February 22, 2020

    At first it feels like he’s just trying to provide for his family then it’s like he gets too ahead of himself and loses it all

    Reply
  • GamesCell

    February 22, 2020

    Escobar shouldn't have been killed

    Reply
  • STYLEX UwU

    February 22, 2020

    yeet

    Reply
  • Clayton Martin

    February 22, 2020

    That Abbey road soundboard is the key

    Reply
  • Windows Vista

    February 22, 2020

    Where’s the Escobar Phone?

    Reply
  • Big Dog Christian

    February 22, 2020

    U should do a video of the 2 most respected drug lords El chaps and poblo escobar amd u should test there power respect army and Riches

    Reply
  • Golex Life

    February 22, 2020

    1:42 (that explains why in mario cart rainbow road moves)

    Reply
  • lonelyPorterCH

    February 23, 2020

    Yeah, I've seen a movie about him too^^

    Reply
  • Muffin Monster

    February 23, 2020

    Pablo's hit man Popeye got the name because he would get a spoon red hot and pop people's eyes out. They also gave Colombian neckties, that's when you cut thw throat and pull the tongue down through the slit.

    Reply
  • Dora the Explorer

    February 23, 2020

    Let's not forget the fact that he gave the Columbian government problems even after his death

    with hippos

    Reply
  • Nexus Smile

    February 23, 2020

    Deal with the devil gives you one happy day but one short and sad life

    Reply
  • carl ocbian

    February 23, 2020

    very accurate 😍😍😍
    i think Pablo's life story is the most savage i watch
    🔥🔥🔥🔥

    Reply
  • IG: nene_760

    February 23, 2020

    Back when most the coke wasn't cut.

    Reply
  • DeatherFire

    February 23, 2020

    It was called “La Catedral.” Pablo agreed to surrender if the president met several of his conditions, including sending him to that same prison in Medellín. He killed two of his allies and the government learned about his activities inside the prison and sent in an elite group. And, Pablo being Pablo, he had a tunnel ready to go for escaping…just in case. And he did. One of his enemies made an organization called “Los Pepes”, which was made up of some of Pablo’s formal allies who were turned against him. They killed a lot of people that were significant to him, leaving him with no one but one bodyguard he trusted. After he made a call to his son in an apartment, the Search Bloc located him and shot him in a roof. His mother was at the site…while everyone was celebrating, she was weeping.

    Reply
  • Andromeda

    February 23, 2020

    I would stay there forever

    Reply
  • oil Toast

    February 23, 2020

    I think I want to go to jail.

    Reply
  • Craig Richard

    February 23, 2020

    Building a luxury prison in the event you get locked up is probably THE SMARTEST thing you can do. Guy definitely won life.

    Reply
  • FuQ Hu

    February 23, 2020

    Man R.I.P to history nothing like the first to write it

    Reply
  • Mr Test

    February 23, 2020

    E

    Reply
  • Mr Test

    February 23, 2020

    E

    Reply
  • HarukiNoobie

    February 23, 2020

    It's like just… staying at home, like me.

    Reply
  • David WhatsThatAbout

    February 23, 2020

    He’s like Oliva from Baki

    Reply
  • Jesse

    February 24, 2020

    Pablo has nothing on Hillary. She killed people, destroyed evidence and hasn't seen a day in prison.

    Reply
  • Propaganda Panda!

    February 24, 2020

    Honestly, just watch narcos if you want a detailed representation

    Reply
  • THELEGEND 27

    February 24, 2020

    Pablo Escobar: Suffering from Success

    Reply
  • Gaming with Azian

    February 24, 2020

    He just devised a retirement plan with extra steps and corruption.

    Reply
  • Mr Sexy

    February 24, 2020

    Escobar: gets a luxery home
    El chapo: gets an asylum

    Reply
  • Siddhant Ketkar

    February 24, 2020

    Plata o plomo?

    Reply
  • Ragul R

    February 24, 2020

    Even a 10% of what this video says is true, he deserves that luxury treatment he got😲😲

    Reply
  • Christopher Harper Digicash

    February 24, 2020

    Maybe Trump should build his jail

    Reply
  • JadedJassy21

    February 24, 2020

    No different than what happens to rich people in America.

    Reply
  • Nikesh Sapkota

    February 24, 2020

    3:55 was hearing the broom in my room…weird.

    Reply
  • Rodrigo J. Gramajo Avila

    February 24, 2020

    Why does Pablo Escobar look like Steven Universe?

    Reply
  • Ruby Shekhar

    February 24, 2020

    Now, who else remember the Escobar Fold 2 Phone…

    Reply
  • Mob G

    February 24, 2020

    4:57
    What the…. look at his arm there it doesnt look right 👀 🚷❌

    Reply
  • NAME LESS

    February 24, 2020

    Hotel?
    Tri— escabor

    Reply
  • William Ahsoak

    February 25, 2020

    Imagine how much money that guy got after shooting and killing Pablo

    Reply
  • Not_LilaDahCookie Tô

    February 25, 2020

    Reply
  • MrBustedUp

    February 25, 2020

    Man, that f*in snake lied to me

    Reply

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