Tiny Beds and No WiFi: Welcome to Sochi!

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One of rooms Canada men's hockey team will stay in pic.twitter.com/7OJQd2m4bq

— Stephen Whyno 🌴 (@SWhyno) February 4, 2014

While Olympic athletes got stuck with toy-sized beds and bizarre communal toilets in Sochi, at least their rooms were finished in time for their arrival. Meanwhile, journalists from around the globe have been complaining about everything from dirty water to no internet in their rooms.

On Monday, Sochi organizers tried to downplay the severity of the delays, claiming that 97 percent of the rooms were finished and that 3 percent needed a final cleaning, according to the Guardian. They added that the constructions delays would not affect athlete lodging. However, as one reporter Stephen Whyno pointed out, the Canadian Men’s Hockey team is unlikely to be impressed with their Soviet-style hotel rooms. Nor are athletes likely to enjoy getting to know each other on a whole new level in one of the communal bathrooms at the Olympic Biathlon Centre.

Despite numerous complaints about lodging, some athletes said they were happy with their accommodations in the Olympic Village. “We’ve just been impressed with the facilities so far,” American speed skater Chris Creveling told NPR. “Everything has been up to our standards.”

Take a look for yourself and see if you agree:

Sochi hotel tells our reporter @StacyStClair: Don't let dangerous water touch your face http://t.co/30rnteWOVW pic.twitter.com/UVxjw339P4

— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) February 4, 2014

The reception of our hotel in #Sochi has no floor. But it does have this welcoming picture. pic.twitter.com/8isdoBuytl

— Kevin Bishop 〓〓 (@bishopk) February 4, 2014

This is the one hotel room @Sochi2014 have given us so far. Shambles. #cnnsochi pic.twitter.com/RTjEkmyan3

— Harry Reekie (@HarryESPN) February 4, 2014

Seeing double in the Gentlemen's Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre #Sochi pic.twitter.com/a1HoilU9zn

— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 20, 2014

Прибывающие на олимпийские игры иностранные спортсмены с удовольствием позируют в диковинных туалетах города Сочи pic.twitter.com/NFzUmybHar

— Илья Яшин (@IlyaYashin) February 3, 2014

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