The Ocean Drive mansion, where Gianni Versace lived and died, is now a boutique hotel.
Situated on South Beach in Miami, the mansion features a 54-foot mosaic-tiled swimming pool lined in 24-carat gold, an original feature designed by Versace. The 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms across a sprawling 23,000-square-foot property will open as luxury boutique hotel Villa by Barton G.
Rooms range in size from the modest Medallion Suite at 434 square-feet, to the 1,428 square-foot Venus Suite, which features two private balconies with a view of Ocean Drive. The former designer’s bedroom, The Villa Suite, is 1,174 square-feet with a nine-foot double king-size bed.
Each of the guest rooms features king and double-king beds with custom Egyptian cotton linens, goose down pillows and duvets, patios and balconies, and Italian marble bathrooms.
The designer bought a neglected three-story, Mediterranean-style home, originally built in 1930 by Standard Oil heir Alden Freeman, and a dilapidated hotel next door in 1992 and spent $33m (£20m) on renovations.
Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss creates a dynamic vision for the palatial property which features Il Sole, an exquisite Mediterranean restaurant where Executive Chef Scott Linquist and Executive Pastry Chef Luis Vasquez offer guests a refined Italian focused menu with a Mediterranean influence and impeccable presentation.
In addition to the hotel and restaurant, The Villa By Barton G. is the perfect settings for weddings, corporate and private events. With full-service event planning options, custom menus, décor and tenting is also available.