Sochi visitors are appalled by the conditions of the hotels. Construction workers admit that they’re not ready for the arrival of thousands headed to the Olympic Games this weekend.
Many of the hotel rooms are reportedly in shambles. People are concerned about the safety of the athletes traveling to Sochi, Russia.
Visitors found tap water the color of beer and toilets too toxic to flush. Reporter Matt Guman found a bee in his honey packet. These gross conditions are leaving guests with a bad taste in their mouth.
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) February 5, 2014
Journalists have been sharing photos of their experience on social media. One photo shows a toilet with a sign that says, “do not flush toilet paper down toilet.”
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question … it's … THIS. pic.twitter.com/1jj05FNdCP
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 4, 2014
Others are resorting to black market bartering, according to ABC News.
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
Some American athletes said that their hotel rooms were clean yet unfinished. Most of the half-built hotel lobbies are allowing stray dogs into the rooms. Stray dogs are common in Russia, according to the New York Post.
Sochi visitors are just trying to make it through the night with the cold and cramped conditions.
It seems like most of these hotels were scrambling to complete the jobs three days before the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Most of the tired construction workers were seen sleeping on-site at the half-built hotels.
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