Article written by Blogger Contributor Editor Tania Silva

 

 

The Ocean Drive mansion where Gianni Versace lived and died is now a luxury boutique hotel Villa by Barton G.

Situated on South Beach in Miami, the five-star property is where the Italian designer was shot dead on its front steps by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997.

The 10-suite Villa by Barton G boasts 54-foot ‘thousand mosaic’ swimming pool lined in 24-carat gold, which was designed by Versace.

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The hotel is like the ‘ultimate sensory experience’, with walls of decorative pebble mosaics, lavish frescoed ceilings and meals served on Versace-designed Rosenthal china.

Rooms range in size from the Medallion Suite overlooking a stunning mosaic at the mansion, to the Venus Suite, which features two private balconies with a view of Ocean Drive, and the Versace-designed swimming pool.

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Kim Kardashian pictured waving from one of its balconies as one of the first celebrities invited to stay at the newly opened venue.

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The Villa by Barton G. has been officially named «Casa Casuarina» for more than a decade, operating first as a private club and then as a boutique hotel until it closed in 2013. But locals actually still refer to it as ‘the Versace mansion’.