Maggot-riddled food, Covid outbreaks and refugees: The hotel where tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic is being held
The Park Hotel in Melbourne is known as an ‘Alternative Place of Detention’ by the Australian government and will house the world No. 1 alongside asylum seekers after his visa application was denied by border force.
The hotel has been the focus of protests over the treatment of refugees, after reports of maggot-riddled food, Covid outbreaks and fires in recent months.
Currently around 32 refugees and asylum seekers are being held there after being brought for medical treatment from offshore detention facilities.
Detainees cannot leave the hotel and nobody is allowed in or out except staff.
According to the website, amenities include a ‘fitness area’ but no tennis court for the star to practise on.
It has been used as a government detention hotel since December 2020, with staff and guests previously slamming it as an ‘incubator’ for Covid.
The anti-vaxx Djokovic, who has refused to reveal how many, if any, Covid jabs he has received, will have to remain in his room where the windows are sealed shut and air is circulated by air conditioners.
In October, nearly half of those being held in the hotel tested positive for the Delta strain, with one man taken to hospital by ambulance.