Inside London’s Olympic Village: World’s top athletes to share college dorm-style rooms

LONDON — What will it be like for athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt as they eat, sleep and relax at London’s $1.5-billion Olympic Village? Think somewhere between a college dorm and freshly-painted motel.

In the first of a series of “Olympic sleepovers” designed to road-test the facilities, msnbc.com was invited to spend the night in the vast complex.

The verdict? Apartments are light and airy but far from luxurious: Only some have en-suite bathrooms, even fewer have balconies and there are no kitchens as all cooking will be done in a 24-hour cafeteria that seats 5,000.

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