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The Marquis de Sade rather liked sex in dungeons. Henry Miller protagonists were prone to phone booths. In Chile, patrons of the Hotel Valdivia can indulge their fantasies, without being either damp or cramped.

Situated in a rundown commercial section of Santiago, the Valdivia appears ordinary enough from the outside. It is the interior, with its 54 varied, exotic suites designed by Architect Daniel Zamudio and the hotel's owner Guillermo Mella, that distinguishes the place from other quickie havens. Says Owner Mella: "There is poetry here." There is also discretion. Cars glide quietly...

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