Check into Miami's most famous address: The Versace mansion re-invented

It's the iconic home that put Miami's South Beach on the map. Designer Gianni Versace owned four homes around the globe including a palazzo in Milan Italy, a villa on Lake Como and the infamous South Beach mansion where he met his untimely death. (Versace was shot on the steps of the mansion on July 15, 1997, by Andrew Cunanan.) Now, a rare glimpse inside his lavish estate's latest incarnation.



After a nearly six month, two million-dollar renovation, the one-of-a-kind property on Ocean Drive offers top tier service and accommodations as the new luxury hotel called Villa by Barton G. There are 10 custom suites that range in price from about $1200 a night to about five thousand a night.

The hotel is named after Barton G Weiss, the president, owner and founder. He tells me that this property is about taking luxury to the next level. One big stand out is how he recruited butlers from around the globe to pamper the guests. Barton G says 'The butlers are an important experience, they manage your stay from the airport to the room and everything in between'. The butlers even unpack and repack for you. They iron and steam your clothes and care for your every need.

Guests from any spot will feel at home, as e-readers provide your daily hometown newspaper and a new generation of sound systems bring you international radio stations.

Believe it or not, The Villa also has a unique aroma that Barton G says he engineered for his guests.

Pampering spa treatments are taken to a new level as well, imagine the four-person, eight handed massage. Sounds like a vacation to me.

No detail overlooked. Enjoy the tour.

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