The 17 Most Ridiculous Photos From The Nightmare Sochi Olympic Hotels
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Construction in the Gorky Gorod 540 Hotel in Sochi.
Sochi officials say that the city's hotels are 97% complete on the eve of the Olympics.
But given the nightmare travel stories rolling in from reporters in Sochi, that 3% difference goes a long, long way.
There are reports of rooms without light bulbs or doorknobs. There are stories about unfinished hotels without lobbies or working elevators or running water. There are anecdotes from people who've checked into their rooms, only to find them occupied by stray dogs or construction workers napping in between shifts.
The venues and Olympic Village all look perfectly fine, and we haven't seen any complaints from athletes. But the hotels, specifically media hotels, aren't finished yet and it's a total mess.
The photos are ridiculous.
This hotel fitness center isn't in great shape:
Spa and fitness center at Gorki Grand hotel...you get in shape by putting it together? pic.twitter.com/jqqOCP9Wt5— Chris Dufresne (@DufresneLATimes) February 5, 2014
A hallway under construction:
Ale zasuwają z budową nieźle.. pic.twitter.com/lSplwBSCZf— Kamil Wolnicki (@KamilWolnicki) February 5, 2014
Już wiem co się może dziać z moim pokojem ;) pic.twitter.com/Vx0JZ1O0F1— Kamil Wolnicki (@KamilWolnicki) February 5, 2014
Needless to say, there are no hotel bars:
Sochi hotel not quite finished, & has no record of my reservation. I'll go to the bar while they try to sort it. Oh. pic.twitter.com/HQjAm4UMHY— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 4, 2014
Hotel staff is seemingly coming and going into people's rooms as they please— Bonnie D. Ford (@Bonnie_D_Ford) February 4, 2014
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel is hoarding lightbulbs and bartering them for a doorknob:
To anyone in Sochi: I am now in possession of three light bulbs. Will trade for a door handle. This offer is real: pic.twitter.com/7AeesqDi8Y— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) February 4, 2014
One hotel doesn't have a floor in the reception area yet. But they do have a Putin picture in every room:— Kevin Bishop (@bishopk) February 4, 2014
No idea what this is:— Tamara Keith (@tamarakeithNPR) February 5, 2014
Electricity has been an issue at a number of hotels:— Joy Malbon (@JoyCTV) February 4, 2014
Someone found an orange peel in their room— Michael C. Lewis (@MCLTribune) February 4, 2014
This hotel had some curtain issues:— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
Good spot for the wifi