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One thing's for sure: The hotels being built for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are going to be baptized by a fire hotter than the tip of the Olympic torch.
In total, about 16,000 new rooms will be added over the next three years. Obviously the properties need to be built, but don't forget about all the training and management issues that will need to be addressed, as millions of travelers from all over the world land in Rio expecting to be pleased. We already told you how new training was needed as sex hotels are converted to "normal" hotels, and we would imagine prepping to cater to all the world's cultures won't be easy.
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Rio has this hotel shortage for the upcoming events, we know that. The same committee that won the sports event bid for the Brazilian city promised 8,000 additional rooms have arranged for double that amount by the Opening Ceremonies. The 16,000 rooms will be a mix of new properties being built and renovated rooms. 3,500 of those rooms will be former sex hotels that have been cleaned up to attract the world sports fans.
In all, 60 four-hour-'nap' motels will get the once over (at least) saying 'até logo' to the heart-shaped waterbeds, red carpeting and mirrored ceilings in exchange for tasteful and comfy digs. Since the rooms will still be on the smaller side, these hotels can turn into a more affordable option for staying more upscale areas like Leblon.
Not only are the rooms getting redone, even the employees of the hotels will look and sound different. Motel employees are getting special training and language courses to deal with a new clientele. We can only imagine that late night requests for room-service are a lot different after the facelift.
There will be no Candle in the Wind, or any breeze period period in Elton John’s hotel room at Brazil’s five-star hotel Ouro Minas as he insists on keeping it at 60.8F. Fair enough. We’ve heard about celebs and their riders when it comes to performances. Some more outrageous than others, but we gotta tell ya, this one from the Rocket Man, put us on pause.
Seems Elton requested a separate room for—his glasses. According to the Telegraph, a hotel spokesman said he needed another room for his glasses collection, at a temperature of 60 degrees in order to preserve them.
Let's all take a minute and absorb this.
'Kay, we all know Elton loves his funky specs—they are his trademark—so we’re not hating on him for wanting to take special care of them. In 2010 he told the BBC that he had over 250,000 pair. We're sure he didn't bring them all with him, so couldn't a special case do? A safe in the hotel? Did this need to go as far as an entire room?
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The wind blew strong as the three-month-pregnant Kim held on tight to her man.
Earlier last week, while the rest of Rio de Janeiro celebrated Carnival, celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were in more of a spectator mood, as they looked on from their glass balcony at the Fasano Hotel.
The 89-room hotel is part of the family-owned Grupo Fasano , which has hotels in São Paulo and Punta del Este and Boa Vista, as well as a number of restaurants around the country. Celebs like Madonna, Beyonce and P. Diddy have all favored the Fasano in the past, and Kimye certainly looked happy with their choice. Could that be.....a....show of genuine happiness on Kanye's face? Kind of astonishing for a guy who tends not to smile for the cameras so much as contemptuously sneer in their vague direction.
Rooms at the hotel all have ocean views, and were designed by Philippe Starck with a 60s Bossa Nova theme.
Knowing how Kim & Kanye like to roll, we're going to assume they opted for a Deluxe Suite, which goes for around $3,690/night, and features hardwood floors, a giant living room with all-white couches (pictured), walk-in closets, and a marble bathroom with a bathtub overlooking the ocean.
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The famous Copacabana Palace in Rio had once been the place to be when visiting Brazil especially during its 80s and 90s heydays. But then something happened and, well, the place fell into a bit of disarray. Then in 2011, Orient-Express stepped in. They shut down the place in June and finally have announced that after throwing $20 million into a makeover, the iconic hotel is back!
The lobby has been expanded for a more airy feel and all 145 rooms and suites in the main building have been renovated from furniture down to the linens. Careful attention was made though, to ensure that the history of the 90-year old hotel was well respected, keeping the marble staircase, and unearthing the original ceiling that had been covered by plaster.
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Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we'll give you some deets on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.
Layover Hotel Episode 4: Censiv Motel: "Is there anything more lonely and twisted than checking into a love hotel alone?" That's the question Bourdain asks about São Paolo's Censiv Motel, known as one of the city's most popular "love motels". You know the place--a no tell, motel where you stay for a night, or just a few hours.
Perfect for a layover of any sort, really.
Most of that money comes from looking pretty but she has other sources of revenue too like her Ipanema flipflops line and her skincare products, Sejaa.
But what's probably not a money maker is her hotel in Brazil, the Palladium Executive, a hotel with apartment-like rooms for business and executive travelers.
We first heard about this hotel back in 2008 but we couldn't find a website for it then. Fast forward three years and a diligent tipster has uncovered a website.
Last year at this time troubled but talented Amy Winehouse was doing a risque hotel balcony dance down in St. Lucia at the LeSport Resort and Spa. She was also spotted at the resort "begging for booze, draping herself over male employees, swearing like a sailor and smoking joints in the open.
This year, she's taken the act to Brazil to the Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro where rooms cost about $1,200 a night. Winehouse was spotted lounging around the pool in a bikini, jean cut-offs and some mysterious bruises. The Daily Mail is furiously investigating how this could have happened:
Looking suspiciously like a drunken sort of injury that one wakes up to after a boozy night out, the bruises stood out a mile as Amy chatted to her security guards at her hotel.
Brazil is hot and its going to get hotter in the next decade, thanks to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. That's why we're having journalist Scott Mitchem, who has been traveling to Brazil for years, give us the lowdown all week on the country’s evolving hotel scene as well as its top players. Never been to Rio before? Well, allow us to tell you where you virgins should stay. outside of Brazil.
Welcome to Cidade Maravilhosa! Take our word for it: the holiday season is the best time to visit Rio de Janeiro, particularly Thanksgiving, when the weather is great and there are fewer tourists. Rio is thriving, no economic doom and gloom here. The economy is booming and spirits are high, especially with the upcoming World Cup and Olympics, which have inspired improvements just about everywhere.
But its not the easiest place to book a hotel. Prices are higher than ever, truly great options are few and far between, and location matters – especially for first-time visitors. So we are playing it down the middle, skipping some of the more interesting options, and even some cheaper ones, opting above all for security, service and convenience in picking out the Five Best Hotels for Rio Virgins.
P. Diddy is definitely moving into "Old Man in the Club" territory but there is something charming about how desperate he is to cling onto his "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" days. PopWrap has a photo of P. Diddy trying to break it down on his balcony at The Hotel Fasano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is quite scary (click at your own caution) but P. Diddy also Twitpic'd the view from his hotel, which is something we are far more interested in.
We're guessing Diddy was shacked up in the hotel's deluxe suite which boats a king bed that is positioned to look out over the beach. While we wouldn't blame him for picking the best suite in the house, could he see all those beautiful bootys from way up there?
Since he tweeted this precious gem that is sure to be oft-quoted in high school yearbooks and listed in books of inspirational quotes for centuries to come, we know how important Brazilian bootys are to him:
BRAZIL!!!!! Ass! Ass! Ass! Phat round beautiful ASSES!!!!! Everywhere! Its a ASS suniami!!!!!!!! I think I like it here!!! Lol
Like we said, Old Guy in the Club.
With Rio winning the 2016 Olympics, I've been doing a little daydreaming about where I might stay in seven years' time. Assuming, of course, that I'm a millionaire by then, or at least have some great contacts in Rio, I figured I should stay at one of the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro: the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel. Right now it's the #1 Rio hotel on TripAdvisor and has one other big advantage: it's directly on the beach at Copacabana. What more could I want?
The Rio Internacional (their abbreviation, not mine) has rooms overlooking the beach, and a bunch of facilities I'll be happy to use: two bars, both of which serve caipirinhas, a roof-top pool, free beach services like sunshades, chairs and showers, and fresh flowers and chocolates in your room. Room choice ranges from the superior and deluxe rooms up to the 40 square meter suites which have a veranda balcony and views over the beach.
Not surprisingly, bookings haven't quite yet opened for the Rio Internacional during the 2016 Olympics. I guess there'll be a massive price hike before then, but for now I'm budgeting on the price I'd pay this week: 745 Real ($400) for a suite, per night. Anyone want to guess how much more expensive it'll be when the athletes are in town?
Heading down to the Bahia region of Brazil, Vanity Fair did us a favor by checking into the new and rustic Uxua Casa Hotel, also known as the pet project of Diesel's creative director, Wilbert Das. Surprisingly, they don't gloss over the fact that at $395–$1,095 per night, staying at the Uxua is the "fat wallet" kind of roughing it, but worth it if you want to immerse yourself in Bahian culture and craft.
When it comes to his work at Diesel, Wilbert must focus his creativity on clothing and concentrate on what's in current fashion, but with the Uxua, he had the freedom to play with interior design and utilize local woodworkers to elevate his hotel above "Design Hotel" status. Vanity Fair is particularly head-over-heels for the handmade furniture and exhibitionist showers. Their take:
One thing that's modern about the hotel, he says, is the way that local craftsmanship became amplified and reinterpreted. In several guesthouses, for example, craftspeople added plumbing to wooden beams, creating unusual showers. ("It's incredibly strange to see the water just flowing out of the construction of the building," Das says.) They carved fallen trees into rough-edged sinks and benches and turned an erect tree trunk into a huge outdoor shower. In the garden, a self-taught mosaicist took on the challenge of a 40,000-pebble pool.
Undoubtedly a retreat for the rich and reclusive who fancy a bit of slumming with their caipirinhas, the Uxua sounds like heaven. Like heaven, it is also only within reach of those who enjoy paying through the nose for their indulgences (Catholic joke!).
[Photo: Vanity Fair]