As the World Cup and Olympics pull closer Rio de Janeiro goes hard to work. This time itís the Shalimar Love hotel making renovations and preparations for the world events to be hosted in its city. The purpose of the renovations is to become more family friendly as well as to live up to expectations.†
RIO DE JANEIRO -- One worker strips mirrored paneling off the ceiling, as another pries up the fiberglass shell of a whirlpool bath. A third man takes a sledgehammer to a life-size statue of Venus de Milo posing topless with a swirl of plaster robes hanging from her waist.
The Shalimar love hotel is going family-friendly.
Like about a third of the city's 180 hotels that rent rooms by the hour, mostly for amorous rendezvous, the Shalimar is trading its oversized round beds and bondage-ready chairs for proper couches, functional desks and other businesslike furnishings. The goal is reinvention as a standard pay-by-the-day tourist hotel.
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