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After more than half a century providing amorous Chileans with an exotic hideout in which to play out their sexual fantasies, the country's best known "love hotel" has closed its doors for the last time.

The Hotel Valdivia was founded in the capital Santiago in 1959.

It was the brainchild of Coralia Quezada, a young widow from the southern city of Valdivia who wanted to provide couples with a discreet, tasteful hotel where they could enjoy each other's company.

The Valdivia had themed rooms: the Moorish Palace, the Japanese room, the Egyptian Palace, and so on, each lavishly decorated with tiles, jacuzzis, soft furnishings, subtle lighting and mirrors on walls and ceilings.