Sochi Accommodations-Hotel Horrors?

. Sochi is known as a resort area due to its tropical climate and close proximity to the Black Sea, however the small Russian City has been anything but hospitable to some visiting journalists and spectators. Dirty water...broken furniture and cats! Those are some of the living conditions that greeted people at their hotel when they arrived in Sochi. Melinda Pitsaros, of  Ludus Tours told Eyewitness News "People call up saying they want a 5-star hotel and we say, 'they don't exist'.

" Melinda Pitsaros works for a local travel agency and as she tries to accommodates her guests, she wants them to have realistic expectations. "Not staying in a Mariott or Hilton- you are staying at a Bed and Breakfast type home or hotel in a small village in Russia."

One couple we talked with say they are familiar but even they surprised by horror heard, "It was cold, wearing hats, gloves, jackets, everything..."

They said their hotel wasn't perfect, but at least it had running water and electricity... "Everything works really, it's kind of simple but that's fine."

 As those pictures picked up hits on social media sites, people started asking Tim what his room is like.  Tim says it is perfectly normal...nothing really out of the ordinary...the water is clear...but Tim and others were advised not to drink the water.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News during the Winter Olympics for Tim's first-hand coverage of the games. And remember you can stay up to date with Tim's entire trip anytime by checking out his social media sites our by visiting our website  PAHompage.   The official Olympic medals arrived in Sochi on Wednesday. All 12-hundred medals were made by the Moscow-based Adamas Jewelry Company and designed in metal and glass.

The mountain Olympic village mayor, who's also an Olympic champion, said the medals were "Beautiful and wonderful."

35-hundred athletes will compete for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic medals. The coverage of the competitions is set to begin Thursday, so stay tuned to WBRE.

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