With the world watching, you'd think that Sochi would pull it together to present reporters with adequate living arrangements. Nope.
Wouldn't it be fun to go to Sochi to watch the Winter Olympics? Don't you wish you could be there for the pomp, the circumstance, the medals, and the ... fancy hotels? Well, don't get super excited, because supposedly at least six out of the nine hotels set aside for journalists are a mess! Here's some of the "amenities" you can expect from a Sochi hotel:
- Broken window blinds (pictured)
- Long delays during check-in (up to a full day!)
- Decor that can best be described as "shambles"
Shaun Walker of The Guardian's Un-Named Hotel
- Complimentary breakfast, including: Peas, corn, and marmalade (pictured)
- Either no heat or heat that can't be turned off
- No internet
- Pre-slept-in beds
- All-new construction (so new that workers will still be attaching fixtures in your room, as you unpack)
- Broken elevators and locked stairway doors
Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune's Un-Named Hotel
- Your choice of either no running water or water that is too polluted to drink or use to wash up (pictured) as it "contains something very dangerous"
- Evian is available (for purchase, to wash your face with)
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy's Un-Named Hotel Room
- Complimentary extra waste bin in bathroom ... to put used toilet paper in, since the toilets can't handle it (pictured)
- Broken door handles
- Scarcity of light bulbs
- No shower curtains
Matt Gutman of ABC's Un-Named Hotel
- Restaurant serves only 100%, all-natural honey ... as evidenced by the dead bee in it (pictured)
- Surrounding town still under construction (for that new-town smell)
Joerg Reuter of the European Pressphoto Agency's Un-Named Hotel
- Complimentary in-room stray dogs
- Fine layer of artisanally-crafted construction dust coating everything in your room
- No working lights
- No air conditioning
- Construction workers living in several of the rooms
Sounds like a few of these journalists are having the time of their lives, doesn't it? Of course, by the time us normal people get around to visiting Sochi, all of these issues will probably be worked out. (Or so I have to say, to avoid getting a late-night call from Putin.)
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