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England World Cup Hotel Defended After Receiving Hammering on TripAdvisor

NORTHOLT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02:  In this handout provided by Getty Images for Mars, England Coach Roy Hodgson during the ReLaunch of The FA and Mars partnership at Lord Halsbury Playing Fields on December 2, 2013 in Northolt, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Mars via Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

England's World Cup accommodation is once again a hot topic of discussion and has been reviewed by the Football Association after receiving some less than complimentary comments on website TripAdvisor.co.uk.

According to Charles Sale of the Daily Mail, Roy Hodgson will receive a far more flattering opinion of Rio de Janeiro's Royal Tulip Hotel when the FA reports to the Three Lions boss this week.

An image of Rio's Port District
An image of Rio's Port DistrictMario Tama/Getty Images

This comes after Sky Sports' Bryan Swanson recently travelled to the location himself in a bid to get to grips with some of the security issues around the location in the buildup to Friday's World Cup draw.

In his report, Swanson is quoted saying:

In 2010, armed bandits on the run from the police came from the hills, down to the hotel lobby and took 30 guests hostage. The bandits were arrested and three years on, the police are battling to keep control of the area.

In the same report, Colonel Paulo Borges Caldas of the Rio Military Police comments on the unrest over the location, stating "it's safe, especially for big events," and that "wherever you go you can have problems but we have a safe city and a safe event."

A view of Rio's favelas
A view of Rio's favelasBuda Mendes/Getty Images

Some of those former guests leaving their thoughts on TripAdvisor clearly didn't place as much faith in the location, one user even going as far as to compare the Royal Tulip to a 1970s stay in the Soviet Union.

Other reviews were just as unfavourable:

A selection of Royal Tulip Hotel TripAdvisor Reviews
Review TitleVerdictDate of Review
"Worst stay of my life"1/5Nov. 2013
“Nothing Royal - A good hotel for Soviet Union in the 70s”1/5Oct. 2013
“Amazing concierge and friendly, helpful staff”5/5Apr. 2011
"Huge Deception"1/5Sept. 2013
"Pathetic Standards"1/5Mar. 2013
"Don't ever stay here"1/5Mar. 2012
“Humiliated. Never will return.”1/5Jun. 2012
“A great hotel, the best of the bunch”5/5Apr. 2012
TripAdvisor.co.uk

It's in stark contrast to the issues England have had with their hotels in the past, considering that the Telegraph's Mark Ogden reported in 2010 that South Africa's Sun City was actually too swanky a location and could pose a risk in terms of WAGs distracting Fabio Capello's men at the highly-acclaimed resort.

The Telegraph also added that the Three Lions' stars had underwear taken from their draws by hotel staff, although that's a far smaller concern than the alleged threat of gunfire that Rio has seen in the past.  

At the moment, there is no mention of alternative living arrangements should the Royal Tulip be found to be anything less than satisfactory, with Hodgson set to give his verdict on the venue in the coming days.

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