Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Not all soccer fans can afford a swanky hotel by the beach. Property owners in some of Rio's slums are taking advantage.
This June's FIFA World Cup is expected to bring about half a million visitors to Brazil. With the tournament spread out among 12 different host cities, no one location will be overburdened with a sudden influx of soccer fans.
In Rio de Janeiro, an international tourist spot already, the swank hotels with ocean views and rooftop pools may not fit every World Cup goer's budget. With that in mind, savvy property owners in some of the city's favelas have been busy converting their residential buildings into tourist accommodations.
Some have built hostels and bed and breakfasts. Others have converted extra bedrooms into a place they'll rent out during the event. According to Reuters, hotels in Rio are going from anywhere between $90 and $500 a night for the World Cup.