The Gazeye curtains, made by a Brazilian furniture company, have become something of a global icon of a chic, cosy hotel, attracting hordes of customers.
But is the curtain really the most popular feature of the Gazey, and are the curtains actually worth the cost?
The Guardian investigates the curtain’s appeal.
The Gazetye curtains were made for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2000.
They were a hit, winning the hearts of the hoteliers, but they also drew the ire of many, including the Brazilian prime minister, José Carlos Goulart.
In his 2004 State of the Nation address, he accused the curtain makers of being “anti-Brazilian” and “anti Brazil”.
“I do not see the Gazebos as the solution to the problem of the Rio Olympics,” he said.
“They are only a convenient distraction from the real problem: the lack of jobs and a lack of development.”
The Rio Olympics became an instant sensation, and the curtain was a global sensation.
It also became a lightning rod for criticism of the economic crisis that had hit Brazil.
The Rio government had decided to build two new football stadiums, and at the same time, the government was slashing the country’s budget.
In the first year of the new stadiums, the Rio economy shrank by 5.5 per cent, with unemployment soaring to 19.5 percent.
Goularts government, however, argued that the curtain had done nothing to alleviate the problem.
“The Rio Olympics, like any other event, had the potential to become a tourist attraction,” the prime minister said in 2004.
“But the problem was not so much the curtain, as it was the lack on offer.”
He added: “The real problem is the lack in economic opportunities, the absence of a coherent strategy to promote the economy, and a huge amount of waste.”
Brazilians were outraged, and Goulas government responded by proposing to reduce the price of the curtain.
In 2005, the Brazilian government approved a new government plan to build six new stadiums for the 2018 World Cup in Brazil, but it was also announced that Brazil would be cutting its budget by almost 30 per cent.
Brazil’s government blamed the Olympics for driving the economy down.
“Brazil’s economic problem was exacerbated by the Olympics,” the government said in its 2004 State Of the Nation.
“For this reason, Brazil will no longer participate in the Rio Games.
The government has made a decision to reduce economic activity and to create a situation in which economic activity can no longer continue.”
The new plan had a very different aim.
“We are proposing a strategy for the future development of the economy which involves a significant increase in the wages of workers and the reduction of unemployment,” it said.
The new proposal also said that the curtains would become part of a new economic plan for Brazil.
A government spokesperson said the curtains were an important part of the plan, but that the government had no plans to sell them.
The curtains were still the top-selling feature of Rio de Jeunas hotel in 2017.
The idea was to make the hotel more chic and cosy.
However, this was not the case.
The number of hoteliers who bought the curtains had fallen from a peak of 10,000 in 2010, according to data from hotel research firm Accor, to 1,200 in 2017, a drop of 22 per cent since 2010.
The decline was caused by an increase in guests, who had come to the hotel looking for a cosy, cosmopolitan feel.
The most popular category of rooms at Rio’s hotel, the suites, was down from 5,000 rooms in 2010 to 1.5,000 this year.
“People are coming here to stay with friends and family and have a good time,” said Maria Cristina Rodrigues, an office assistant at the Rio Hotel, in a phone interview.
“It is very important to sell the curtains and they are the most desired feature.”
The Gazezebo has a unique position in the hotel industry.
It is not only one of the most expensive hotels in Brazil; it is also the most cosmopolitan, offering many options for people who want to stay close to their friends.
Many Brazilian hotels are run by Brazilian expatriates, who often spend much of their time on the city’s beach.
The curtain is also a popular item among Brazilian expats.
“In Brazil, you see a lot of people who stay here because they can afford to,” said Claudia Rodrigues.
“I see many people who come to Brazil for a year and stay here for six months.”
Some of these people, like Claudia Rodrigue, do not care if they lose their jobs because they feel like they can always go to the Giza pyramids.
“Some people are not happy with the Gisele and the Gazezes, and they would rather not buy them,” she said.
One of the more popular sections of the Gizette, the Gazewe