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Can't get a room at the Rio Olympics? Worry not, the Villa Reggia has beds – oh, and sex chairs and an S&M cage.With 500,000 tourists expected to flood Rio de Janeiro for the Games starting Aug. 5, Brazil's second-biggest city is bending over backwards to make sure there's enough lodging.Some 5,000 rooms from the network have been made available, at prices a seductive 70 percent less than in traditional establishments according to Antonio Cerqueira, vice president of the Association of Rio Love Hotels.Rio's objective was to have 62,000 rooms ready, up from the 30,000 at the time when Rio won the hosting rights to the Olympics back in 2009 .That has been missed, with only 56,500 rooms available, said Alfredo Lopes, president of the Rio Hotels Association, and some fear this will not be sufficient.There are 37 rooms but the cost of about $55 per person reflects the abrupt price hikes typical in Rio during big events like the Olympics.
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