It seems that no matter how hard Airbnb’s staff tries to secure and guarantee a welcoming experience for their clients and hosts, the Internet still keeps on posting the most absurd and sometimes even scary Airbnb stories. In fact, there have been some really terrifying ones. Luckily, the one we have prepared for you today is more funny than bad and it does have a happy ending. But just like any other unsuccessful Airbnb story, this one does remind you to always read the reviews and check for the safest options on Airbnb because you never know when you might end up sleeping in a shipping container.
More info: Ben Speller
Recently, a man named Ben Speller was planning a trip to Amsterdam
While scrolling through the Airbnb website, he found an option that suited his needs and budget. Without hesitating much, he booked a clean apartment with a private bathroom which cost him £100.
To his surprise, when he arrived, this is what he found
In an interview with a Dutch news site, Ben said: “We had already driven past the container three times in the taxi trying to find the place. We thought, ‘This can’t be it.’ But when we got out, it turned out that it was true. We opened the door and looked inside, locked the door and left. Then we went to a hotel.”
Ben didn’t stay there for long. Moments after seeing his Airbnb, he went to a hotel which cost him an extra £230
News outlets, Airbnb representatives, even the district manager tried to find the owner of this shipping container but they appeared to be untraceable.
Luckily, Airbnb has given Ben a refund as well as compensated the hotel fee
Image credits: AT5
An Airbnb spokesperson said: “We have removed the host and listings from our platform. Misrepresented or fraudulent listings have no place on our platform, and our team works hard to constantly strengthen our defenses and stay ahead of bad actors.”
Since then, the shipping container has been removed
Image credits: AT5
People couldn’t help but laugh at this absurd situation