Will Hotel Victor Merge With Gianni Versace's Old Mansion in South Beach? Posible!
Some crazy news out of Miami yesterday. Gianni Versace's former South Beach residence, Casa Casuarina, was sold yesterday for $41.5 million to a company called VM South Beach LLC, whose principals include the Nakash Family, who in turn own Jordache jeans. Versace being taken over by Jordache? We never thought this day would happen. But wait, there's even more shocking news.
Most recently, Versace's abode had been a 10-room boutique hotel called The Villa By Barton G. Before that it was a members-only club by the name of Casa Casauarina. Now, the new owners plan on turning it into a hotel (again) and they want to merge it with another one of the properties they own--The Hotel Victor which sits next door.
But wait, isn't the Victor about to turn into a
Civilian Hotel new hotel from the Thompson Hotel founders? That's what we thought. But the Nakash family, who also own the Breakwater and Hotel Ocean, is saying they want to merge the two properties and rebrand the whole shebang using the Versace name.
'We'd like the public to use it, so we're going to create a hotel that will be consolidated with the Victor,' Nakash said. 'We're going to use the name Versace after we receive OK from the family.'
Ay dios mio. Mamma mia. We need a drink.
Of course, there is still a good chance the deal won't actually go through and the company who submitted the next best bid of $41 million will get the chance to step in and take over. And guess who that bidder was? No other than Eric Trump of Trump Hotels.
Is it wrong if we kind of hope that happens? That just seems like a better fit. And besides, we still want Pomeranc and co to work their magic on the Victor, not combine it with some Versace hotel. Oh well, we'll see just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Meanwhile, the Hotel Victor is open to guests with rooms starting at $181 a night this weekend. And if you've never been inside Gianni's murder manse, take a walk-through with us here.