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Rio de Janeiro – With 500 000 tourists expected to flood Rio de Janeiro for the Games starting August 5, Brazil’s second biggest city is bending over backwards to make sure there’s enough lodging.

About 5 000 rooms from the network have been made available, at prices a seductive 70 % less than in traditional establishments according to Antonio Cerqueira, vice president of the Association of Rio Love Hotels.

“The love hotels are keeping their same tariffs for 12 hours (about $100 to $375),” he said.

The round beds and ceiling mirrors have made way for regular hotel furniture – but if guests want to mount their own sexual Olympics, Cerqueira says his own hotel, the Villa Reggia in the recently refurbished port area, can help.

The golden themed Versailles Suite and the Hollywood Suite offer glamour, while for something more exotic there’s a Japanese Suite and the Sadomasochism Suite complete with black walls, a leather studded bed, chains and a cage.

-AFP