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 Barton G. Weiss Completes the Transformation of the Former Residence
of Fashion Designer Gianni Versace to The Villa By Barton G

The Villa Includes a 10-suite Boutique Hotel (Rates Start at $2,100) and an Old-world Fine Dining Restaurant

Miami Beach, FL (March 19, 2010) – The Villa By Barton G. , known throughout the world as the former residence of fashion designer Gianni Versace, debuts in March as an oasis of luxury in the heart of South Beach with 10 richly appointed suites and The Dining Room, an old-world fine dining restaurant located in the mansion at 1116 Ocean Drive. Transformed by renowned events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss, The Villa By Barton G. remains true to Versace’s vision with private British trained butlers for hotel guests, luxurious fabrics throughout and the highest end amenities such as Frette sheets and towels, Kindle e-readers and custom nightly nibbles as turndown treats.

“Transforming the Versace Mansion has been an extraordinary endeavor as well as an exceptional opportunity to build my personal brand in hospitality for the first time,’’ says Barton G. Weiss, whose Miami-based successes encompass his restaurants, top-tier events production and destination management divisions and a highly creative culinary arts division. “My first foray as a hotelier was a personal investment that has paid off handsomely by breathing new life into this historic address.”

The Hotel
Accommodations range from the stunning Medallion Suite (434 square-foot) overlooking one of the most beautiful mosaics in the mansion to the amorous Venus Suite (1,428 square-foot) with two private balconies perched above Ocean Drive and the mansion’s Thousand Mosaic Pool. The Villa Suite (1,174 square-foot), Versace’s one-time bedroom, boasts a nine-foot double king-size bed, two balconies, seven closets and a custom oversized shower. Guests are welcomed to The Villa By Barton G. by their dedicated British-trained and certified butlers who personally attend to them throughout their stay. In-room, poolside and rooftop spa services are available, as is open access to the mansion’s two private lounges, lush Mosaic Gardens and the Thousand Mosaic swimming pool.

The Restaurant
Mirroring the success of Barton G.’s other South Florida projects, The Dining Room at The Villa By Barton G., open from 7 p.m. to late seven nights a week, has already created a culinary buzz, opening on March 4 to capacity. Distinct from the New York supper club ambiance of Prelude by Barton G. at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Barton G. the Restaurant in South Beach, with its over-the-top presentations and ground-breaking creative cuisine, The Dining Room at The Villa By Barton G. offers refined European cuisine elegantly presented by Barton G. Signature dishes at The Villa – served on Versace-Rosenthal china in the famed pebble mosaic dining room – include The Villa Salad, with its smoking nitro Caesar dressing and Rack of Lamb with Greek Yogurt Jelly Cubes. The Dining Room’s Parisian trained pastry chef begins the meal with freshly baked truffle bread, and ends with memorable desserts ranging from the Tower of Profiteroles to Les Trois Pommes.
Additionally, The Villa By Barton G. will host Miami Beach’s only afternoon tea, launching on April 15. The Saturday and Sunday Tea at The Villa will feature a variety of the world’s most exotic teas, pastries and finger sandwiches served by The Villa’s British-certified butlers.

The Villa, By Barton G. was born as Casa Casuarina in 1930, built by architect, philanthropist, author and political reformer Alden Freeman as an homage to the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere, the "Alcazar de Colon" in Santo Domingo.

In 1937, after Freeman's death, Casa Casuarina was bought by Jacques Amsterdam, who renamed it "The Amsterdam Palace." Operated as an apartment building, it housed artists attracted by its architectural curiosity.

In 1992, couturier Gianni Versace first encountered Casa Casuarina. Versace exquisitely restored, expanded, and embellished its features, adding the south wing, the pool and garden areas.

The Casa became a private club in September 2000. Events impresario/restaurateur Barton G. Weiss took over the mansion in December 2009, imprinting his own signature style on the storied house at 1116 Ocean Drive, reopened as The Villa by Barton G.

Private Events
The Villa By Barton G. is South Florida’s most distinctive and elegant venue, with its historic interiors, marble tiled courtyard and Mosaic Garden. Available for weddings, corporate and private events, events begin with guests entering the gated Villa for cocktails in the courtyard, followed by memorable dinners or receptions beside the Thousand Mosaic Pool.

Rates at The Villa By Barton G. start at $2,100/night.


The Villa By Barton G



Also See: Casa Casuarina, Site of Designer Gianni Versace's Murder, to Become a Six Star Hotel / August 2001

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