On entering the hotel, you are greeted by a massive, 3,000-kilogram crystal chandelier imported from the Czech Republic, flanked by a 1.5 million-piece mosaic of Medusa set into the Italian marble floors. The interior of the lobby is decorated with sofa chairs, upholstered in Versace silk, and plump cushions, evoking a wealthy woman’s posh (or, depending on your taste, gaudy) living room. The high ceilings top a corridor lined with framed sketches of supermodels sporting Donatella’s couture creations, limited-edition Versace urns (there’s only four in the world), and rich purple carpets handcrafted from New Zealand wool.
The Versace brand is omnipresent, as you’d expect, from the hand-painted friezes in the lobby to the delicate china used to serve your coffee as you wait to check-in.
Each suite features polished parquet flooring and Versace homeware, silk-printed sheets, and drinking glasses with the Medusa insignia carved into the bottom. In fact, the mythological figure is peppered throughout the interior, whether overtly, on the towels or subtly, such as the knobs on the drawers.
Source: Khaoula Ghanem