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Top officials flying in from around the world this week for the summit of the Cold War-era Non-Aligned Movement will see infrastructure from Margarita Island's glory days, including large waterfront hotels and three sprawling shopping centers featuring high-end stores, though they are now mostly empty, reports AP
From the outside, the site that will host the summit, the Hotel Venetur Margarita, still looks like it could be a five-star hotel in Miami or Aruba. It was once managed by Hilton International, and in 2009 housed the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, continues AP..
Former President Hugo Chavez later expropriated the hotel. Last month, water cuts put the lobby bathrooms out of service. Workers placed jugs of water in the bathroom for guests to wash their hands.
Hotel manager Luis Munoz says he counts himself lucky to see running water every two weeks.
The few guests who still book his rooms must pack in their own soap, towels and even toilet paper. He manages to keep his hotel's murky pool filled from a well. But food shortages have forced him to suspend meal service.