Amsterdam: Tourist gets room booked online; later finds it was a shipping container at the roadside

A British tourist in Amsterdam received a shock when he arrived at his Airbnb lodgings to discover he had booked a stay in a roadside shipping container. Airbnb is an online marketplace which provides rooms for a stay to travellers all over the world.

But the British tourist felt he was duped as the £100-a-night lodging was found to be a shipping container at the side of the road. What Speller actually discovered upon arrival was a cargo container on the side of the road close to Amsterdam’s Amstel station.

Inside the roadside abode, Speller found a mattress and blanket. He said the host, Jacob, had warned him shortly before arrival that there was an issue with running water.

“When we arrived we drove past the container three times in the taxi because I couldn’t believe that could be it,” Speller said.

Online booking company Airbnb have since refunded the £100 to Speller, and a further £230 for the hotel that Speller eventually stayed in.

The company has also removed the host Jacob’s profile and his listings. In a statement, Airbnb said: “Misrepresented or fraudulent listings have no place on our platform. Over half a billion people have travelled on Airbnb. Issue like this are incredibly rare.”