‘Tepid brekkies, dirty spa & pool full of chem­i­cals’

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Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by ALIS­TAIR GRANT

ENG­LAND’S World Cup ho­tel has been slammed for be­ing dirty and for hav­ing bad food.

Gareth South­gate’s squad ar­rives on Tues­day at the iso­lated ForRestMix Club Ho­tel in a for­est 45 min­utes’ drive north of St Peters­burg.

Photos show the £104-a-night ho­tel look­ing like a prison from the out­side and a strip club on the in­side, with gar­ish red leather so­fas in some rooms.

ForRestMix is in the dull vil­lage of Repino, which re­sem­bles a build­ing site in parts and has noth­ing to en­ter­tain vis­i­tors apart from a wine shop, su­per­mar­ket and disco.

Lo­cals said “no-one” vis­its in June be­cause it is still too cold. Highs of only 18C are fore­cast, mean­ing the nearby beach and sea are too chilly to en­joy.

Past ho­tel guests blasted the “chem­i­cal” swim­ming pool and tiny bed­room TVs, say­ing they are too small to watch.

Crit­ics said the ho­tel “looked like a prison from the out­side”. An­other claimed the in­side looked “like a strip club.”

But it did get a lot of good re­views too, one happy guest say­ing: “Lovely place for an overnight stay. Clean, ex­tremely spa­cious room. Very friendly staff.”

An­other, said: “This place is per­fectly lo­cated and for sure has po­ten­tial. Very pos­i­tive, the staff is re­ally friendly and help­ful.”

How­ever a Ger­man re­viewer wrote on TripAd­vi­sor: “Main­te­nance is be­low stan­dard. Break­fast is sim­ply taste­less.”

A guest from Rus­sia said: “The spa is dirty.

The swim­ming pool is poor with lots of chem­i­cals.”

A Bri­tish ex­pat wrote: “Break­fast seemed to have been cooked an hour be­fore as it was tepid.

“TVs in the rooms were the size of a com­puter mon­i­tor, mak­ing them com­pletely un­watch­able from the bed.” A Rus­sian re­viewer from St Peters­burg added: “The swim­ming pool’s chem­i­cals spoiled our pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of the pool. Take up­per floor rooms, they are more pri­vate.”

There are also fears that five weeks in the re­mote base will ham­per the Rus­sia 2018 hopes of play­ers such as Eric Dier, left. Eng­land’s team may suf­fer once again from bore­dom, some­thing that has af­flicted them in pre­vi­ous tour­na­ments. Lo­cals be­lieve South­gate has missed a trick and should have picked a ho­tel in vi­brant St Peters­burg, where play­ers’ WAGs will stay.

Jour­nal­ist Olga Mordv­ina said: “No-one goes to Repino un­less it’s hot – and it’s not hot yet in June. It’s a quiet vil­lage full of trees but not peo­ple. Eng­land would have been bet­ter off stay­ing in St Peters­burg, which has lots of ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Bore­dom due to Eng­land’s iso­lated South Africa 2010 World Cup base was par­tially blamed for the team’s woe­ful 4-1 sec­on­dround thrash­ing by Ger­many.

Just a week af­ter the first game in 2010, Wayne Rooney com­plained: “Ly­ing in bed at two in the af­ter­noon, that’s quite bor­ing. Break­fast, train, lunch, bed.”

John Terry said at the time: “We fin­ish train­ing and have lunch. It’s six or seven hours un­til we meet up for din­ner again. A bit of bore­dom kicks in.”

Jer­main De­foe re­cently said: “In South Africa, one night I was bored. Me and Wayne Rooney watched his whole wed­ding on DVD.”

A man­ager at the ForRestMix Club Ho­tel said: “We try to fix is­sues which guests com­plain about. But we’re not al­lowed to say any­thing more due to Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion rules.”

WA­TER WASTE: Pool is ‘full of chem­i­cals’

DIN­ING GLOOM: Break­fast is ‘taste­less’

■ OUT­SIDE: Crit­ics on travel web­sites have said the ho­tel re­sem­bles a prison

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