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Man Arrives In Amsterdam Only To Find Out His Airbnb Is Actually A Shipping Container
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Man Arrives In Amsterdam Only To Find Out His Airbnb Is Actually A Shipping Container

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

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Carol Emory
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3 years ago

Better than the girl and her friend that showed up at her airbnb only to find out the guy that owned the apartment had done multiple rentals for the same day. 14 people crammed into one apartment..no private bath..and the guy that owned it was found the next morning making out with his girlfriend on one of the guest's beds (I say bed, but it was actually a rolled out mat on the floor with dirty bed linens.)

C
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3 years ago

Although it did not sound like that was his girlfriend.

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Andrea Bueno
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3 years ago

Best part is, for sure if they leave it online long enough, there would have been some "centrally located, no frills but does what it has to" type of reviews. I have arrived to absolutely horrendous Airbnb like this once because I was convinced based on the comments, and to my amusement there were other people staying there too who didn't seem to mind the state of the place. Like the thick black rim of dirt in the bathtub or the sank-in thousand year old bed in a tiny unlockable room, or the falling plaster... So yeah as ridiculous this is, Im also 100% sure there would have been people who prefer to avoid confrontation so much, they would have stayed and written a nice review too 😂

Bored Moogle
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3 years ago

Weren't there any pictures in the ad?

Tammy Ralph
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2 years ago (edited)

Exactly what I was thinking, it's the first thing i'd do, look at what kind of a place i'd be staying in.

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Carol Emory
Community Member
3 years ago

Better than the girl and her friend that showed up at her airbnb only to find out the guy that owned the apartment had done multiple rentals for the same day. 14 people crammed into one apartment..no private bath..and the guy that owned it was found the next morning making out with his girlfriend on one of the guest's beds (I say bed, but it was actually a rolled out mat on the floor with dirty bed linens.)

C
Community Member
3 years ago

Although it did not sound like that was his girlfriend.

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Andrea Bueno
Community Member
3 years ago

Best part is, for sure if they leave it online long enough, there would have been some "centrally located, no frills but does what it has to" type of reviews. I have arrived to absolutely horrendous Airbnb like this once because I was convinced based on the comments, and to my amusement there were other people staying there too who didn't seem to mind the state of the place. Like the thick black rim of dirt in the bathtub or the sank-in thousand year old bed in a tiny unlockable room, or the falling plaster... So yeah as ridiculous this is, Im also 100% sure there would have been people who prefer to avoid confrontation so much, they would have stayed and written a nice review too 😂

Bored Moogle
Community Member
3 years ago

Weren't there any pictures in the ad?

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Exactly what I was thinking, it's the first thing i'd do, look at what kind of a place i'd be staying in.

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