Sochi… “We have a problem”
February 5, 2014
Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences
Still waiting for “preparations” on hotel room to finish. Hoping they’re origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.
I have a room! No heating or internet, but it has a (single) bed at least…
Got back to hotel. Lift broken after half day in use. Trekked up stairs. Door to my floor (that’d be the fire door) locked. Utter farce.
The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture.
Very interesting discussions about whether we have a hotel room only take seven people to resolve. Well spotted, Maxim.
@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.
Miss you, hot water in my hotel. You were great.
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It’s this. Without question … it’s … THIS.
Ok, so my hotel doesn’t have a lobby yet.
For those of you asking, when there’s no lobby in your hotel, you go to the owner’s bedroom to check in. #Sochi2014
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” #Sochi2014
Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I’m a Kardashian or something.
Made new pal from La Presse as we struggled to find hotel. When we got to our (temporary) rooms his doorknob came off in hand #roadtosochi
Congrats to @Dave_Schwartz only media personality who’s arrived in Sochi with a hotel room that’s ready, with doorknob that doesn’t fall off
Watch your step @Sochi2014 — I’ve noticed on walkway and on sidewalks that not all man holes are always covered.
The 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 Sochi Olympics have also run way over budget — to a record $51 billion — which seems particularly remarkable when you consider that some of the work isn’t actually done. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has of course denied that, insisting both that the “stage is ready” and that many concerns, including those over safety and construction, are overblown. Meanwhile, Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of Sochi’s Olympic organizing committee, had this Twitter exchange with a CNN producer who complained that only one of the network’s 11 requested rooms was ready for them:
@HarryCNN to believe you need just to turn back and to look at the mountains 😉
@DChernyshenko Our media hotel is not ready Dmitry….11 rooms booked five months ago, only one ready. Please help.
In any case, the world can decide for itself soon enough. Sochi’s opening ceremony will air Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. ET; the actual events will start the day before.
(source, thank you http://www.washingtonpost.com/)