Journalists Are Having A Rotten Time At Sochi, And Their Tweets Are Pretty Funny

Everything’s ready for the Sochi Olympics, except the hotel rooms, the door handles, the shower curtains, the tap water, and the floor.

1. While the athletes are ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which get under way at the Black Sea resort on Thursday, let’s just say some of the facilities are not.

Murad Sezer / Reuters

2. Journalists are known to complain a bit on foreign trips and at big events, but this is something else.

Still waiting for "preparations" on hotel room to finish. Hoping they're origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7)

First rule of staging an Olympics. Keep the hacks happy. Rooms, facilities sound atrocious. #Sochi

— Miles Evans (@milominder)

8. And when the water does work, you think twice before drinking any.

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

— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair)

9. Curtains are optional.

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

— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN)

10. At least hotels know who’s boss.

The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture.

— Kevin Bishop (@bishopk)

11. And beware the cartoon-style uncovered manhole on the sea front.

Watch your step @Sochi2014 -- I've noticed on walkway and on sidewalks that not all man holes are always covered.

— Jo-Ann Barnas (@JoAnnBarnas)

12. You could always get a refreshing drink to calm the nerves… oh.

Sochi hotel not quite finished, & has no record of my reservation. I'll go to the bar while they try to sort it. Oh.

— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7)

13. This was the view this morning from the Ice Cube Curling Center — we’re assuming the piles of earth are not decorative.

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14. Construction workers could still be seen this week finishing hotels in the area.

Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

15. Bruce Arthur of writes of a chaotic scene greeting foreign journalists, one of whom had to climb out of his hotel room window because the doors were locked.

One found his room was full of debris, while the next had construction workers sleeping in it. Journalists are known to complain about a lot of things, but this does sound like mismanagement on a very large scale.

16. Still, at least the views are nice.

View from hotel balcony above Sochi

— Patrick Sandusky (@PatrickSandusky)

17. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday: “The Olympic stage is ready for the best winter athletes of the world.”

Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

18. The Sochi games are costing Russia $51 billion to stage, which is five times the the cost of the last Winter Olympics, which were in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.

Marko Djurica / Reuters

Vladimir Putin has rejected the allegation that one-third of the total cost of the games is being siphoned off by corrupt officials and construction companies.

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Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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