Foreign journalists tweet rough road to Sochi

13:10, Feb 05 2014

Journalists descending on Sochi for the Winter Olympics are experiencing a humourous baptism by fire, with Russian hotels coming up short on running water, and in some cases, a roof or a floor.

Displeased reporters arriving in Sochi have found pre-booked hotels still under construction, adding to debate over whether the city is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics.

The shambles seen at the hotels - only six of nine of which are ready for guests - has been posted on Twitter, with journalists comparing horror stories of water main breaks, stray dogs inside, and check-ins situated in hotel owners' bedrooms when reception areas were "under construction".

This toilet in Sochi features an audience. See more Sochi horrors: /

I have this in my room...but still no light bulbs in the lamps, no TV, no hair dryer.


The smell of paint is strong here in my clearly brand new Sochi hotel room. The paint is actually still sticky to the touch. #nprsochi

This is the one hotel room @Sochi2014 have given us so far. Shambles. #cnnsochi

CNN booked 11 rooms in one @Sochi2014 media hotel five months ago. We have been here for a day and only one room is available. #cnnsochi

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.

Water main break means no water at our hotel in #Sochi. Could take awhile to fix. #CTVSochi

@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.

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

Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, I now know what very dangerous face water looks like. #Sochi #unfiltered

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

Menu item my 1st night in Sochi or I'm really out of it.

This… IS.. SOCHI…

Went to buy water, realised at last minute was big plastic bottle of gin. Then got accosted by 3-legged dog. #Sochi

Well that's interesting... Sochi rules in the bathrooms!! #haha #olympics

To anyone in Sochi: I am now in possession of three light bulbs. Will trade for a door handle. This offer is real:

#Sochi2014 @CDNOlympicTeam what about privacy for our athletes? This is the bathroom provided them! Seriously a fail

- Hat tip to Washington Post