Sex motels get busy for Brazil World Cup
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6:44am
Soccer fans forced to rent motels that cater to Brazilians hooking up after a night on the town
London, CNN Money — Ever considered sleeping in a rent-by-the-hour motel called Fetish? If you're a soccer fan still looking for somewhere to stay during the World Cup in Brazil, you may have little choice.
Rio de Janeiro and other cities are facing a massive accommodation crunch during the World Cup, which starts June 12. Hotels have hiked their prices and travel agents say most of Rio is booked solid.
So some travelers are getting creative and opting to stay in motels that usually cater to Brazilians hooking up after a night on the town.
They typically charge lower rates than traditional hotels, and some offer surprising amenities, including private pools and "erotic chairs".
Michael Fine, a travel consultant based in Sao Paulo, says motels have sprung up across Brazil to serve young people who live at home before getting married, but want a night of privacy.
To be clear, these are not brothels, said Fine. While there are many low-end "fleabag" motels renting rooms for 30 minutes at a time, other places offer high-end features such as hot tubs, themed rooms and saunas.