First impressions of the accommodations in Sochi, Russia has broadly not been good, an assessment which, in large part, has been formed by the unpreparedness of hotels set aside for media.
Journalists are known to be a vainglorious lot but there is a serious point here that rooms booked for large expense, months in advance, are not ready and their state was not communicated well to those affected.
At worst this could test the claim of IOC president Thomas Bach that all but 3% of rooms are ready.
It raises fears of spectators who are traveling from far and wide that they could be left out in the cold.
At best it's something of a PR disaster.
Frustrating those with the loudest mouths is an early own-goal to concede and one that London, which contended with its own doom-mongers ahead of the 2012 opening ceremony, avoided with aplomb.
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) February 4, 2014
I have a room! No heating or internet, but it has a (single) bed at least...— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 4, 2014
Got back to hotel. Lift broken after half day in use. Trekked up stairs. Door to my floor (that'd be the fire door) locked. Utter farce.— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 4, 2014
@bruce_arthur Hotel issues have been happening to a lot of people. Left out on the street, you risk being poisoned or trapped like the dogs.— Wayne Chow (@wayne_chow) February 2, 2014
Miss you, hot water in my hotel. You were great.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 4, 2014
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question ... it's ... THIS. t.co/1jj05FNdCP— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 4, 2014
Ok, so my hotel doesn't have a lobby yet.— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 4, 2014
For those of you asking, when there's no lobby in your hotel, you go to the owner's bedroom to check in. #Sochi2014— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) February 4, 2014
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Also on the bright side: I just washed my face with Evian, like I'm a Kardashian or something.— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Made new pal from La Presse as we struggled to find hotel. When we got to our (temporary) rooms his doorknob came off in hand #roadtosochi— katiebakes (@katiebakes) February 4, 2014
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— Ryan Stanzel (@rstanzel) February 4, 2014
@DChernyshenko Our media hotel is not ready Dmitry....11 rooms booked five months ago, only one ready. Please help.— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014