This past Tuesday, I was finally able to experience something I have been wanting to do for several years now. I had diner at the Versace mansion. It even sounds dreamy to type because those mega mansions are like a whole world away for most of us. I always wondered if it would be like that one episode on the Kardashians (anyone remember this) and to my surprise, it was pretty similar. For a more elaborate tour I suggest you watch this. 🙂
Making a reservation for dinner has to be done beforehand. Bren and I made the reservations a little over a week in advance. When we arrived for dinner, the gates to the mansion were open but there was a guard in front. We were asked if we had a reservation and were allowed to go inside. However, we saw many people come up to the guard and ask if they could be allowed in to make a reservation- and surprisingly they could not if they were dressed casually.
The hostesses were very sweet and super welcoming – however, they took my camera, telling me I was not permitted to use it. To be honest I was a little bit heartbroken about this as I had been looking forward to taking some stunning photos for Instagram. I have been investing a lot of time into growing my Instagram following at the moment so I was gutted that I could not get any glamorous snaps inside the venue to share with my followers. Instagram is such a fun platform, but there is no denying that if you want to make it as an influencer on Instagram, then you need to be posting unique photos to encourage people to follow your account. Of course, you can also use Instagram boosting services like Nitreo to give your follower count a little help, but I really wanted to get some pictures inside the Versace mansion.
However, that being said, I did manage to sneak a little photo shoot outside the venue so these images will have to do. Once we were inside, Bren and I were led to the main corridor – which is really like an open courtyard, to the bar. A small room that was previously the kitchen. I ordered a mixed margarita, and surprise! There were large flakes of 24 karat gold in it. From the moment we got there we were treated with a very high standard of service. I noticed that the hosts didn’t ask too many questions. The usual “are you from out of town etc.” because so many of the clients that do come through the mansion are well known people, I feel that they try to give you a lot of privacy.
The pricing for pretty much everything was between $20-$40 except for wine. We splurged a bit with our friends and bought a nice bottle of rosé. This however is how the pricing becomes very expensive. As for the food- it was extremely rich. Everything felt very dense (in the best way possible), with lots of cream. I ordered the lobster gnocchi. I felt that if I was going to go all out, I was really going to go all out. My favourite part of the meal was definitely the dessert. The strawberry shortcake was far from basic, it was an elaborate mousse and cream design, and I realized when I took my phone out to get a quick snap that it was also covered in 24 karat gold.
The house of Versace has a very rich history to it, and if you didn’t know the original owner of the house Gianni Versace was in fact murdered here on the first step. There are lots of different stories as to how it happened but now the house is owned by a restauranteur. You can also stay at the mansion for $1k a night! It is run like a boutique hotel, but there are only 10 rooms. The clientele there are all very wealthy people and most seemed to be on vacation like us. As the clientele at this mansion are normally so wealthy, the owners of the house have to ensure the site is as secure as possible to prevent any break-ins. People know that this mansion is grand, and it does have expensive items inside, so that’s why the guard was standing at the entrance. Furthermore, the owner also installed some alarm systems to the mansion to prevent criminals from trying to break-in. All of this security does make the mansion feel important, which it is! These security precautions are probably essential for famous buildings like this one.
What I loved most about the house was how truly beautiful the detailing is. The medusa that Versace is known for was all over the place and the house was extremely elegant without being “too much”. It felt like you had been transported to Europe. Even the air was perfumed, with a very light incense that smelled like sandalwood, citrus, and florals.
Probably the funniest part of the night was as we were leaving the gates were closed while more tourists were trying to get in, and the tourists thought we were celebrities and started taking photos of all of us. If we were celebrities (one day-right?) it wouldn’t be too hard to convince someone if you come out of the very exclusive Versace mansion. I felt like a princess.
Overall it was probably one of the most memorable dinners I’ve ever had and it was super luxurious. There was nothing quaint about it at all. Even the bathrooms were elaborate and had hand painted crown molding all over the ceilings.
Dress: Halston Heritage
Shoes: Christian Louboutin