The eyes of the world are on Qatar as teams arrive in the Middle East for the World Cup, which is just a day away from the start – but those eyes can only go so far.
Images of the hotels the teams are staying in have been shared online by some teams, although others remain coy about their accommodation ahead of the tournament.
The best way to access hotels is through social media. From Jack Grealish to Emiliano Martinez, players and nations showed off their temporary homes online this week, with stellar, hot and hilarious footage doing the rounds.
England is reserved at the Souq Al-Wakra hotel in the recently expanded fishing village of Al Wakra, 10 miles south of Doha.
The nation will be watching Gareth Southgate’s men for the next four weeks (hopefully), and the Three Lions have already released some classics with the famous unicorns of 2018.
The players were greeted at their hotel by dozens of cheers from fans and delights from staff upon their arrival on Tuesday, and they will feel right at home now with just two days until their tournament against Iran begins.
Jack Grealish’s Instagram has been the hub of behind-the-scenes content so far this week, with several photos taken from inside the camp being shared.
An evening by the pool – one of many pools, one would imagine – a massage with Jude Bellingham and a meal with Bukayo Saka seem to have been the highlights of the week at the hotel.
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Jack Grealish shared an image of his bed by the pool at the Souq Al-Wakra hotel one evening
The Manchester City striker also snapped Bukayo Saka eating his evening meal
Finally, he pulled off a close-up while receiving a massage, with Jude Bellingham amazed
The Al Messila Hotel has a grand frontage, behind which guests bask in 130 rooms, including 30 custom-designed private pool villas, which are available for up to £1,500 a night.
The French players – in particular Oliver Giroud – shared behind-the-scenes content from the hotel ahead of their opener against Australia on Tuesday.
Huge nameplates with each player’s name along with a photo are placed on the bedroom doors, with the bedrooms themselves including the standard bed, TV and sofa, but coming with a few extras.
A tour of the late Marcus Thuram call-up was shared on social media this week, with personalized throw pillows placed on each player’s beds and red, white and blue balloons taped to the bedroom ceilings.
The hotel looks good enough for Giroud, and the French players in general seem happy as they prepare to defend their title.
Photos of the players have been put on the doors that lead to their respective rooms while balloons in the colors of the French flags have been placed above their beds
Marcus Thuram gave a behind-the-scenes tour of his room at the France team hotel
Each player received a personalized cushion upon arrival to welcome them to the station
Emiliano Martinez was the designated tour guide to the Argentine players’ rooms, with the goalkeeper sharing a video of his home for the next month alongside a heart emoji.
A chalkboard behind the bed with the words “somos todos, somos uno”, which roughly translates to “we are all, we are one”, immediately catches the eye, with pictures of Argentine players on the chalkboard a nice touch.
There seem to be two beds per room, and Martinez wasted no time in making the place feel inviting, adding pictures of the house to the top of his bed.
Custom linens come with a stuffed penguin on Martinez’s bed, but it’s up to us to guess who he shares his room with.
It could be Lionel Messi, who was pictured arriving at the hotel and trying to win his first World Cup.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez took a quick tour of his Argentinian-themed room on social media
Star man Lionel Messi was greeted upon arrival at the Argentina team hotel this week
Most other nations have been pretty coy about their World Cup pads, but a brief video from Son Heung-Mins’ hotel room was shared earlier this week.
The rooms look quite simple. Bed, window, probably a bathroom.
A plaque featuring an image of the striker in his Korea kit sits above the bed, and he was greeted with several gifts upon his arrival.
Son is likely to play in a face mask after sustaining a serious eye injury while playing for Tottenham, but Korea will just be happy he’s here and fit to play.
They will kick off their competition against Uruguay on Thursday. More images are expected to emerge as teams arrive and settle in the country ahead of the start of the tournament.
A plaque of Son Heung-Min is affixed above the striker’s bed in his hotel room in Qatar
In a single room, South Korean players received several welcome gifts upon arrival
The German hotel was newly built before the tournament and is an alcohol-free health and wellness resort, called Zulal Wellness Resort.
It’s designed for relaxation rather than fun and ordinary things to do, perhaps to preserve energy as the Germans seek to climb back to the top of international football.
Hansi Flick’s team will play their first game against Japan on Wednesday.
The hotel chosen for the German team emphasizes relaxation during the tournament
The resort offers holistic and traditional Middle Eastern wellness treatments and therapies to keep German players relaxed
The Zulal Wellness resort, on Qatar’s northern coast, is wedged between the desert and the sea, with rooms dotted around the lagoons
Croatians are thrilled with their accommodations, as they bagged a bolthole with a private beach and stunning views of the gulf.
The beaten finalists from Russia in 2018 were headed for a downtown venue, but when a rival failed to qualify, the Hilton Doha became available and the team’s leadership surged.
Now Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic will relax in West Bay, just over 10 miles from Lusail Stadium, where the final will be played on Sunday December 18.
Croatia has secured the Hilton Doha, with private beach, as it seeks to go further than 2018
The hotel brings the best of both worlds, it’s in the city but also on the beach with Croatia planning a long stay
Brazil placed themselves in the heart of the action at the 2022 World Cup.
The five-time world champions took full advantage of the compact nature of the competition, in which only 34 miles separate the furthest stadiums.
Brazil will be staying at The Westin hotel in central Doha, and the country’s football federation are delighted that the average journey time to the World Cup stadiums is just 17 minutes.
Now we await more photos from players and nations themselves showing off their shiny new pads.
Brazil put themselves in the heart of the action by staying at the Westin Doha, located in central Doha
The Brazilian football federation is pleased that the average journey time to the stadiums is 17 minutes
The hotel chosen by Brazil has a fitness centre, but the Al Arabi Sports Club training base is only 13 kilometers away.