Sochi 2014: Journalists live tweet the terrible state of media hotels ahead of Olympics
Stray dogs were reported in one room
With the Sochi 2014 Olympics just days away, members of the press are reporting that many of the hotels being built for them to stay in are unfinished, with some having yellow water coming out of the taps and others not even having a lobby yet.
The world's sporting media resembled grumpy Trip Advisor reviewers for one day only, posting photos on Twitter of themselves standing next to various dishevelled hotel rooms.
Complaints ranged from relatively trivial accommodation problems like broken doorknobs and dodgy curtain rails, to more serious ones like the lack of drinking water, having no internet (kind of important if you're reporting on the Olympics) or arriving to find there isn't even a room for you.
Still waiting for "preparations" on hotel room to finish. Hoping they're origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 4, 2014
@bruce_arthur Hotel issues have been happening to a lot of people. Left out on the street, you risk being poisoned or trapped like the dogs.— Wayne Chow (@wayne_chow) February 2, 2014
One German photographer told the AP that he arrived at his hotel to find construction workers and stray dogs still walking in and out of rooms.
The news comes in spite of the Games' huge budget, which has overran to a record $51 billion (£31 billion).
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has played down reports that various elements are not ready, insisting that the "stage is ready".
Sporting excellence is set to be overshadowed at this year's Games, not only by potential unfinished facilities but the debate raging over Russia's controversial anti-gay laws.
Miss you, hot water in my hotel. You were great.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 4, 2014
Ok, so my hotel doesn't have a lobby yet.— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 4, 2014
For those of you asking, when there's no lobby in your hotel, you go to the owner's bedroom to check in. #Sochi2014- Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 4, 2014
Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I'm a Kardashian or something.— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
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