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logra sacarle jugo al dicho “pueblo chico-infierno grande” pero, además, pinta toda una época con gran sentido del humor. “El día de la inauguración fue un evento social. Las señoras bien de la ciudad hacían fila con sus autos para ver las instalaciones”, recuerda Florencia entre risas. Historia del pudor Buenos Aires fue pionera en América con la inauguración de los primeros telos allá por 1937, tras la prohibición de los prostíbulos. A pesar de lo avanzada de la medida, durante 1960 el negocio del placer se vio azotado por el comisario Luis Margaride, un efectivo de la Policía Federal que llegó a realizar setecientos allanamientos en hoteles de alojamiento en nombre de “la moralidad” en los que decenas de parejas eran pescadas in fraganti y desalojadas, si no podían demostrar que estaban casadas. Por suerte, el macartismo de Margaride contra el placer duró poco. A mediados de la década de 1970, los albergues transitorios comenzaron a crecer en cantidad y servicios. Sin embargo, los hoteles por horas soportan aún hoy cierto velo de sombras. La ordenanza municipal que rige la actividad es la número 33.266, que los ubica dentro de un artículo con título por demás conservador, “De las actividades toleradas”, señaladas como aquellas que “por su índole no son honorables ni reconocidamente útiles”. Esta norma determina, entre otras cuestiones, que los hoteles no podrán ubicarse a menos de cien metros de

The material she gathered during her years as the daughter of the owner of a taboo place in the area ended up in a book, El telo de papá (Random House Mondadori, 2013). In it, Florencia manages to make the most out of the saying “small town, big Hell” but also, she shows a whole era with a great sense of humor. “The day of the inauguration was a social event. The fine ladies of the city would queue in their cars to see the place,” she remembers while she laughs. The history of modesty Buenos Aires was a pioneer in America with the inauguration of the first telos in 1937, after the prohibition of brothels. Despite the modernity of the measure, the pleasure business was whipped in 1960 by Captain Luis Margaride, a member of the Police force that carried out seven hundred raids in the name of “morality” in which tens of couples were caught in fraganti and were cleared out of the building if they couldn’t prove they were married. Luckily, Margaride’s McCarthyism against pleasure didn't last long. In the mid-seventies, transitory hotels began to grow in number and in services. However, even today, the hotels paid by the hour are still in some kind of shadow. The local ordinance governing the activity is ordinance number 33,266 that places telos within an article with a very conservative title “Of the tolerated activities” considered those that “because of its nature, they are not honorable or known to be useful.”

Ranking 5 telos you have to go to before you die

1. Bling Bling General Paz The services of a 5 star hotel for the pleasure. Suites with the latest technology and a catering service that can stand alongside any top restaurant. Av. General Paz and Monteagudo, Villa Lynch. www. generalpazhotel.com 2. Gayfriendly Kansas City Even though since 1997 the telos in Buenos Aires are authorized to receive couples of the same sex, this is one of the pioneers and offers a 20% discount for gay couples. Talcahuano 844, CABA. www.hotelkansascity.com.ar

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3. 100% Fantasies Valentino Have you ever fantasized about having sex on a spaceship or reaching the climax on the backseat of a collection car? You don´t need to work in NASA or travel in time. In this hotel, they fulfill your fantasy. Not suitable for shy people. Valentín Gómez 3632, CABA. www.valentinotransitorio.com 4. All-times classic La Cigarra It was the first hotel to put television sets in the rooms and mirrors on the walls, even the Argentinean cinema paid homage to it in two movies: La Cigarra no es un bicho by Daniel

Tinayre and La Cigarra está que arde by Lucas Demare. Godoy Cruz 2883, CABA. www.lacigarrahotel.com.ar 5. For beginners O’Tello A telo that makes you feel like you are “at home.” You can find standard rooms at a very good price and themed rooms for which you need to break up the piggy bank and surprise your partner. They have the Club Otello Connections, a service for registered clients through which you can access important discounts and promotions. Arregui 4241, CABA. www.otello.com.ar

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