A tourist from Amsterdam unintentionally pays a shipping container in an Airbnb booking | News from the world

16-05-2019 10:05

A British tourist in Amsterdam received a shock when he arrived at his Airbnb accommodation to discover that he had booked a stay in a roadside container.

The Londoner Ben Speller paid £ 100 for a night spent in the accommodation described in the Airbnb list as a "clean room with private bath".

But what he found on his arrival is a container located on the side of the road, near Amsterdam's Amstel station.

"We booked a hotel as soon as we saw it," Speller told Facebook.

"To be fair, I got a comic value of £ 100," he added.

The host has reported two shipping containers in different parts of Amsterdam
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The host has reported two shipping containers in different parts of Amsterdam

Inside the residence, Mr. Speller found a mattress and blanket, with a gate attached to the "bedroom".

Speaking to Sun Online Travel, Mr. Speller stated that the facilitator, Jacob, had warned him shortly before his arrival that there was a water problem current, before giving it the opportunity to cancel.

Mr. Speller stated that he had no other choice. He therefore decided to stay with his initial reservation.

"When we arrived, we passed the container three times in the cab because we could not believe it could be," Speller told the Sun.

"I then checked the list again and it had changed to a homemade container."

Mr. Speller stated that he booked a hotel as soon as he saw the container
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Ben Speller said he booked a hotel as soon as he saw the container

Since then, Airbnb has refunded £ 100 off the list and £ 230 more for the hotel in which Mr Speller finally stayed.

The company also removed the profile of the host and its listings, which included a second container on the other side of the city.

In a statement, Airbnb said: "The badly represented or fraudulent listings have no place on our platform, and our team strives to constantly strengthen our defenses and to get ahead of the bad actors.

"More than half a billion people have traveled on Airbnb and, with over 2 million visitors recording an Airbnb every night, problems like this are incredibly rare."

At least one of the shipping containers was removed after not finding a license.
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At least one of the shipping containers was washed away after discovering that it did not have a license

Jacob has not been found yet, but at least one of his containers has been towed.

According to the Dutch press point AT5, the local authorities discovered that the container did not have a license in its place, which led to its eventual removal.

Such incidents of unauthorized Airbnb listings are not unknown.

In 2016, an infamous case allowed a Londoner to list a "private room in a public place" on the site, which turned out to be a mattress, a rug and a bedside table placed strategically at the door. 39 outside of some garages in Peckham.

Other strange cases include the many tents erected in the rear gardens of the guests, also rented in previous years.

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