The liveliest reporting from Sochi isn't the Olympic games but about the reporters' "hotels" http://t.co/nr6AmqrZtr — Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) February 5, 2014The disarray seems to contradict repeated promises from both Russian and Olympic officials that Sochi is ready for the games, despite terrorist threats, unfinished construction and concerns over human rights abuses in the country. The journalists have taken to Twitter to express their numerous abysmal experiences at the hotels in Sochi, saying that the many of the hotels are still under construction, and that running water is not drinkable.
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question … it's … THIS. pic.twitter.com/1jj05FNdCP — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 4, 2014Other experiences include broken lifts, broken water pipes, no reception, no hot water, unfiltered water, broken hotel furniture and open manholes, and a German photographer revealed that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.
Now approaching 12 hours without water at our hotel in #Sochi due to major water main break. #CTVSochi — Rosa Hwang (@RosaHwangCTV) February 3, 2014
Several hotels along 4 block radius without water in #Sochi due to water main break. #CTVSochi — Rosa Hwang (@RosaHwangCTV) February 3, 2014Meanwhile, president of Sochi’s Olympic organising committee Dmitry Chernyshenko told a journalist from CNN on Twitter to ”look at the mountains” after the journalist complained that only one of the network’s 11 requested rooms was ready for them.
@DChernyshenko Our media hotel is not ready Dmitry….11 rooms booked five months ago, only one ready. Please help. — Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014 — Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #Sochi #unfiltered pic.twitter.com/sQWM0vYtyz — Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
@JennyMorlan Yes. More like a dorm, but just fine. Still waiting for a light bulb + shower curtain, but great free breakfast + nice staff. — Jo-Ann Barnas (@JoAnnBarnas) February 3, 2014
Stray dogs sunning themselves near my hotel the other day. Worried about their fate. I have 1 word for them: Run! pic.twitter.com/fHVJe78o5m — Jo-Ann Barnas (@JoAnnBarnas) February 2, 2014
Watch your step @Sochi2014 — I've noticed on walkway and on sidewalks that not all man holes are always covered. pic.twitter.com/a5Nv4wu5iA — Jo-Ann Barnas (@JoAnnBarnas) February 1, 2014
The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture. pic.twitter.com/8isdoBuytl — Kevin Bishop (@bishopk) February 4, 2014
This is the one hotel room @Sochi2014 have given us so far. Shambles. #cnnsochi pic.twitter.com/RTjEkmyan3 — Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
Loads of construction work going on everywhere inside the @Sochi2014 Olympic Park. A lot still to do. #cnnsochi pic.twitter.com/eyMik49U2P — Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 5, 2014
Maria Sharapova admits to CNN she feared @Sochi2014 would not be ready on time – but now is confident. Full interview to follow. #cnnsochi — Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 5, 2014In the end, it is the face of Putin that greets all.
Canadian hockey players are big. Their rooms in Sochi aren't: http://t.co/frn548n3tA Triple occupancy! (Via @swhyno) pic.twitter.com/yq7oNLcBbv — SB Nation (@sbnation) February 5, 2014(Sources)