For $864, I booked a room in October at The Villa Casa Casuarina, a luxury boutique hotel known as the Versace Mansion.
I stayed in the Aurora Suite on the third floor, one of just 10 suites in the entire hotel you can book and one of the most affordable, with rates starting at $750, according to the hotel website.
One of the most expensive suites was once the designer’s bedroom. Gianni’s Master Suite starts at $1,500 a night and is billed as “the most coveted room in South Florida,” and is frequented by celebrity clientele.
Source: The Villa Casa Casuarina
The hotel has a rich history as host to the elite: the Spanish-style home, named Casa Casuarina when it was built in the 1930s, was a hotspot for the original owner’s bohemian friends, according to the hotel’s website.
A four-poster king-size bed topped with swans was the centerpiece. The bed was soft, but firm — the perfect combination, in my opinion. I knew I would get a good night’s sleep the moment I sat on it.
Instead, the main source of lighting came from lamps on the nightstands …
Back in the main room, I found a mounted TV and coffee machine in front of the bed. At home, I don’t have a TV in my bedroom. Watching shows until I fall asleep is a luxury I only allow myself on vacation.
I realized that, if I wanted to get away from the hubbub below, the observatory was the best place to do it. I could clearly hear the ongoing nightlife in my suite until 1 a.m., but I didn’t mind. It’s just part of the Miami experience, I thought.
The Villa Casa Casuarina didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment about the noise level.