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USA Today Admin’s Pick: The Gianni Versace mansion is now a hotel. Here’s a look inside

You can stay at Gianni Versace’s former mansion, and here’s what it looks like.

Whatever happened to the lavish Miami Beach mansion owned by legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace?

The icon was gunned down outside his home on Ocean Drive on South Beach 20 years ago.

Now, that mansion is one of Miami’s most prominent boutique hotels — The Villa Casa Casuarina.

The property is once again gaining notoriety with the premiere of the new season of the hit FX true crime series American Crime Story next month. The season will focus on Versace’s murder at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself after a days-long manhunt.

The death scene was filmed outside of the hotel. When not part of a movie set, the three-story mansion is now a 10-suite hotel that was acquired by Victor Hotels in September 2013.

That mansion sits on Ocean Drive, not far from the bars and clubs that make South Beach a touristy playground.

The property was built in 1930 by the architect, author and philanthropist Alden Freeman, who was heir to the Standard Oil fortune.

Versace purchased it in 1992 and spent $33 million to renovate it. He added a south wing, garage, gold-tiled swimming pool, and multiple gardens resulting in a 23,000-square-foot home with 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and an open-air courtyard.

Those bedrooms have been converted into guest suites — three Superior Suites, three Ocean View Suites and four Exceptional Suites.

Each has king size beds or custom double-king beds, Italian marble bathrooms with gold-plated fixtures and two shower heads, large closets, and separate living rooms/sitting areas and balconies/patios.

The restaurant pays homage to its previous owner. Gianni’s menu showcases Italian Mediterranean fare by executive chef Thomas Stewart. The 54-foot-long pool is lined with more than a million mosaic tiles, many of them 24-karat gold, in what is known as the Mosaic Garden.

The pool showcases the largest image of Versace’s Medusa logo on the property, which was constructed in his hometown of Calabria, Italy.

 

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