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Budget-Friendly Chains Majority of Olympic-Sized Brazil Hotel Boom

Where: Various Hotels , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | ()

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.

Last summer, we wondered what brands would be coming to the city to feed the demand. The puzzle pieces are starting to come together, as new reports have shed light on the projects and hoteliers.

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Rio's Sex Hotels To Become Normal Hotels for Olympics

March 11, 2013 at 7:18 AM | by | ()

If you're planning to head to Rio de de Janeiro for either next year's World Cup or the 2016 Olympics, you may want to do your research on the history of your hotel, it might have a sordid past.

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.

[Photo: AFP]

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Here We Go Again: Already Folks are Talking About Hotel Availability in Rio

August 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM | by | ()

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London just finished two weeks ago and already the focus has shifted to the hotel scene in Rio de Janeiro for both the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Fortunately, there's some good news. And yes, it will involve an explosion of hotel openings like we saw with London.

The Brazilian sports minister recently assured the sporting world at large that Rio would have enough hotel rooms to accommodate all the visitors who come into town for the World Cup and later, the Olympics. It appears a recent UN Summit back in May in Rio left folks very concerned as there were only 33,000 hotel beds in town to service over 50,000 attendees. Airbnb.com, anyone?

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The Copacabana Palace Now Hosting the Cruises

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  Site Where: Avenida Atlântica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, CEP 22021
February 2, 2009 at 2:15 PM | by | ()

As usual, while the rest of the country is buzzing about the Super Bowl, drinking cheap-o beer and munching on processed snacks while Hollywood-ers throw each other lavish parties and spend the whole night in 'da club, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Suri are existing in their own little universe.

And that own little universe just happened to be, in this case, located in Rio. The fam packed up Suri (and whatever else they pack on trips; we cannot even imagine) and headed down to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, which is apparently the only place anyone ever goes in Rio. According to Gossip Girls, the clan jetted to Brazil together so Tom could attend a press conference and the premiere of his new movie Valkyrie.

For as lavish as this hotel is (rates start around $390), it seems to be pretty kid friendly — recall that this luxe hotspot is where we last spotted Jude Law, who was also chillin' there with his kiddies.

Also notable: Tom Cruise is wearing what, at first glance, appear to be jean shorts, but upon further inspection they seem to be denim-hued board shorts of some sort.

[Photo: Gossip Girls]