Police officers stand outside a quarantine facility where Serbian Novak Djokovic is believed to be currently housed. —AP
Melbourne – Here are some facts about the hotel, which was used to house asylum seekers
World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic was refused entry to Australia on Thursday after authorities said he did not meet Covid-19 vaccination requirements.
Shortly after the ruling, he was taken to the Park Hotel, a quarantine facility in Melbourne, after being held at the city’s airport overnight.
Here are some facts about the hotel, which was used to house asylum seekers.
> In Carlton, a suburb of downtown Melbourne, the Park Hotel was formerly known as Rydges on Swanston and is close to the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital.
> The hotel has housed government detainees since December 2020, many of whom have been detained for years as they apply for visas to stay in Australia. More than two dozen are there now.
> Activists have staged protests against their detention outside the hotel and there are messages outside the hotel and on the ground outside against the detentions and in support of the detainees.
> The hotel’s website calls it a “luxurious 4.5 star hotel in a prime location”. It has 107 rooms, all air-conditioned.
> In October last year, an outbreak of COVID-19 broke out among the refugees and asylum seekers detained there.
> In December, a fire at the hotel caused minor injuries, according to the media. The cause has not been determined.
> Soon after, some of the inmates complained that their food contained maggots and mold, according to media reports.