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Tourist pays £100 for Amsterdam airbnb that turns out to be shipping container

A British tourist who thought he was staying in a Airbnb home in Amsterdam was shocked to find it was just a shipping container at the side of the road.

Ben Speller, from London, was visiting the Netherlands to watch the football and had paid £100 for the one night stay, which he booked on May 8.

But despite the advert describing a ‘clean home in Amsterdam with private bathroom’, he discovered the accommodation was just a bed in a container with a portaloo attached.

The host had messaged Ben on his way to the ‘home’ to let him know there wouldn’t be any running water.

He asked if he wanted to cancel, but Ben declined, thinking that it would be too late to make other arrangements.



He told The Sun Online Travel: ‘When we arrived we drove past the container three times in the taxi because couldn’t believe that could be it.

‘I then checked the listing again and he’d changed it to container home.’

Ben was then forced to check into a £230 hotel instead and decided to share his story on social media, joking that he got his money’s worth in ‘comedy value’.

One person responded: ‘Well at least it’s self container’d.’

While another laughed: ‘Call that five star in Liverpool.’


Ben said that Airbnb have since refunded him for the room – despite the host refusing to do so.

The company have also paid him for his £230 stay in a hotel.

The shipping container was later towed away by the city, Dutch news website AT5 reported.

An Airbnb spokesman 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.

‘Over half a billion people have travelled on Airbnb and, with over 2 million guests checking into an Airbnb every single night, issues like this are incredibly rare.’

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