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

    posted on February 5, 2014 at 5:50am EST
    Patrick SmithBuzzFeed Staff

    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

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


    Mark MacKinnon@markmackinnon

    Ok, so my hotel doesn't have a lobby yet.

    Ryan Stanzel@rstanzel


    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

    Stacy St. Clair@StacyStClair


    My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous."#Sochi2014



    Harry Reekie@HarryCNN

    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


    Shaun Walker@shaunwalker7

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

    5:13 AM - 4 Feb 14


    Miles Evans@milominder

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

    3:51 AM - 3 Feb 14

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



    Stacy St. Clair@StacyStClairFollow

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

    10:57 PM - 3 Feb 14

    Curtains are optional.



    Harry Reekie@HarryCNNFollow

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

    3:33 AM - 4 Feb 14


    At least hotels know who’s boss.


    Kevin Bishop@bishopkFollow

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

    11:12 AM - 4 Feb 14

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




    Jo-Ann Barnas@JoAnnBarnasFollow

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

    8:16 AM - 1 Feb 14


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




    Shaun Walker@shaunwalker7

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

    3:00 AM - 4 Feb 14
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    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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    Construction workers could still be seen this week finishing hotels in the area.



    Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

    Bruce Arthur of Canada.com 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.


    Still, at least the views are nice.



    Patrick Sandusky@PatrickSandusky

    View from hotel balcony above Sochi

    1:29 AM - 4 Feb 14

    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

    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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