A British vacationer in Amsterdam acquired a shock when he arrived at his Airbnb lodgings to find he had booked a keep in a roadside transport container.
Londoner Ben Speller paid £100 for a single night time keep on the lodging described within the Airbnb itemizing as a “clear room with personal rest room”.
However what he truly found upon arrival was a cargo container on the facet of the street near Amsterdam’s Amstel station.
“We booked a lodge as soon as we set eyes on it,” Mr Speller posted on Fb.
“To be truthful, I obtained my £100 quids price in comedy worth,” he added.
Contained in the roadside abode, Mr Speller discovered a mattress and blanket, with a portaloo hooked up to the “bed room”.
Chatting with the Solar On-line Journey, Mr Speller stated the host, Jacob, had warned him shortly earlier than arrival that there was a problem with working water, earlier than giving him a chance to cancel.
Mr Speller stated he had no various choices, so determined to stick with his unique reserving.
“Once we arrived we drove previous the container 3 times within the taxi as a result of could not consider that may very well be it,” Mr Speller informed The Solar.
“I then checked the itemizing once more and he’d modified it to container dwelling.”
Airbnb have since refunded the £100 from the itemizing, and an additional £230 for the lodge that Mr Speller finally stayed in.
The corporate has additionally eliminated the host’s profile and his listings, which included a second container on the opposite facet of town.
In an announcement, Airbnb stated: “Misrepresented or fraudulent listings don’t have any place on our platform, and our workforce works onerous to consistently strengthen our defenses and keep forward of unhealthy actors.
“Over half a billion individuals have travelled on Airbnb and, with over 2 million company checking into an Airbnb each single night time, subject like this are extremely uncommon.”
Jacob has to date not been traced, however a minimum of certainly one of his transport containers has been towed away.
In accordance with Dutch information outlet AT5, native authorities discovered the container didn’t have a allow to be situated the place it was, which led to its eventual elimination.
Such incidents of rogue Airbnb listings aren’t exceptional.
An notorious case in 2016 noticed one Londoner checklist a “personal room in a public place” on the positioning, which turned out to be a mattress, rug and bedside desk strategically positioned outdoors some garages in Peckham.
Different unusual instances embrace the quite a few tents erected in hosts’ again gardens which have additionally been rented out in earlier years.