Aussie model Lara Worthington has slammed the government after her mum was put up in a boutique hotel to quarantine.
Worthington is not in self-isolation herself, but her mum Sharon Bingle has just returned to Australia and must follow the government’s new 14-day quarantine measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The two weren’t happy with the accommodation, which taxpayers are footing the bill for as a public health precaution.
“I don’t think this looks like a 5 star accommodation to me,” Worthington tweeted. “This is unacceptable”
I don’t think this looks like a 5 star accommodation to me. The next 14 days here for my 63 year old mum who is showing heavy symptoms. This is unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/MzPyXAj23Y
— Lara Worthington (@MsLWorthington) March 30, 2020
The accommodation in question is The Urban Newtown, a self-described boutique hotel in Sydney’s trendy Inner West. It appears Worthington or her mother must’ve mistaken the hotel’s exposed ceiling and rustic decor for some kind of architectural defect.
“Our boutique studio rooms, combined with our industrial design will ensure that your stay will differ from the rest,” the hotel’s website reads.
On Booking.com, reviewers have most widely praised the hotel’s “comfy beds,”, “friendly staff” and “boutique style”. On TripAdvisor, it has a four-star rating, being deemed “very good”.
Worthington later clarified to News.com.au that she’s more concerned about the health of her 63-year-old mum.
“We understand everyone is in this together and has their own issues in these increasingly concerning times,” she said.
As of Sunday, all Aussies returning from overseas have been put up in a variety of hotels.
In Sydney, these include the 5-star InterContinental and Hilton hotels, as well as the budget Ibis. In Melbourne, new arrivals are staying in Crown hotels.
Many replied to Worthington’s tweet negatively, pointing out that there are Aussies are in much tougher situations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Where the bloody hell are my privileges??!
— Liquid Library (@liquidlibrary) March 30, 2020
Seriously?? So maybe she should have come home earlier. I have no sympathy – there was no guarantee of 5 star accommodation. You take what you get and just because she’s your mom doesn’t mean she is entitled to 5 star service…
— ????Miss Moo (@miss_moo) March 30, 2020
This is close to the most obnoxious thing I’ve ever read throughout this pandemic.
— Hugo Girl Boss. (@Mazzy_73) March 30, 2020
Better than dying
— Sambo (@RoostersSambo) March 30, 2020
Call the hotline to flag her symptoms and follow their instructions. I am begging you not to complain about the accomodation! There are Australians far worse off who have a lot less than you do. You will manage.
— Eloise Kennett (@EloiseKennett) March 30, 2020
This “Grunge” style accommodation is all the go these days, you should know that Lara (whoever you are) I just stayed in a similar one in Phuket City. As a photographer I can also see your little attempted trick at making the room look dark and dingy. Fail, sorry.
— Chris of the Inland (@chrisinland) March 30, 2020
Umm this looks very much like The Urban in Newtown and this is the vibe of the hotel. Its industrial and has exposed beams etc as part of its decor. Stop trying to make it look worse to sell a story https://t.co/Pe4pNRJUv9
— Megan Harding (@megsyharding) March 30, 2020
Could always be worse, she could be on Christmas Island or Nauru quarantining ????????♂️ and maybe spare a thought for the 16 or 17 people that don’t get today or anymore tomorrow’s because of this virus.
— Jarrod AW (@jarrod110281) March 30, 2020
— Mark Raj (@maxwelldent2) March 30, 2020
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