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Hotels to be converted in Time for World Cup and Olympics

Posted: Mar. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Overlooking Rio

Rio De Janeiro will be hosting two of the most viewed events in world history with in a very short period of time in between them. This is a very good thing, as renovations to current standing building will serve for two major events. Some hotels are already in the process of renovation.

A shortage of hotel rooms has led Rio authorities to invest millions of dollars to convert raunchy motels to accommodate the legions of tourists expected for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.

Shalimar, located in the upscale beach district of Leblon, is one of 60 such `sex' motels undergoing a facelift.

Already 30 of its 62 rooms have been remodelled and given a minimalist look.

Gone are the red carpets, the mirrors, the heart-shaped water bed and the chains on the walls.


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