Journalists Prove Sochi Hotels Not Ready for Olympics

With the Winter Games fast approaching, both Russian and Olympic officials have promised that hotels in the developing region would be ready to welcome Olympic crowds. But journalists arriving in the Russian city are proving to everyone that hotels in Sochi are nowhere near ready with the kind of standards travelers expect from overnight accomodations.

According to this article from the Washington Post, journalists have been live-tweeting their gruesome hotel experiences and posting photos all over social media sites.

The tweets show rooms in disarray, undrinkable water, and some scary bathroom situations. Plus, only six of the nine media hotels are ready to welcome guests, leaving plenty of people without rooms.


CNN booked 11 rooms at one of the media hotels, but when the crew arrived, only one room was ready. After more than a day, CNN folks still weren’t able to get into their other ten rooms. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.

Let this be a lesson to other host countries where infrastructure challenges remain a big concern. See the tweets and photos over at the Washington Post.

Photo credit: Greg Wyshynski via Twitter