Casa Casuarina: The Versace Mansion Lives

versace.jpgWe hate to say “we told you so,” but it wasn’t so long ago that we were heralding the return of Miami onto the destination radar. Also stamping approval on the city’s current upswing is ABC News’ tour of Casa Casuarina, the boutique hotel more infamously known as Gianni Versace‘s mansion on Ocean Drive.

Those wanting a taste of the glamorous life can pay upwards of $4,000 a night to lounge by the pool that once hosted Versace’s naked-boy parties, stocked from the beach across the street. Although one of those party boys was Andrew Cunnanan, the man who shot Versace in the head–right there on the mansion’s front steps. So we would suggest you keep your Versace Mansion pool parties to a minimum, they tend to not work out so well.

We love the ABC story not only for the tribute to one of our planet’s most influential designers, but also for the investigative report on Casa Casuarina’s $50 coffee made from cat shit. No joke. And try not to be shocked when you see Donatella, before her foray into the world of extreme plastic surgery. You’ll only recognize her from the blond hair. Get ouuuuut!

Versace Mansion Becomes Casa Casuarina [ABC News]