British holidaymaker arrives in Amsterdam to find Airbnb home is a shipping container

Is this the world’s worst Airbnb? Football fan is shocked to discover his £100-a-night room in Amsterdam is a shipping container with a portable toilet inside

  • Football fan Ben Speller arrived in the Dutch city ahead of Spurs’ match with Ajax
  • Mr Speller was delighted when he came across a £100 listing for a ‘clean home’
  • But he arrived for his one-night stay to find a shipping container by the roadside
  • Airbnb refunded Mr Speller the £100 listing fee as well as £230 for his hotel stay

A British tourist who booked a £100-a-night home in Amsterdam through Airbnb was stunned to find the ‘cottage’ was a shipping container set up on the roadside.

Football fan Ben Speller arrived in the Dutch city ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against local team Ajax last week.

Hopeful of finding somewhere cheap and cheerful, Mr Speller was delighted when he came across the listing for a ‘clean home in Amsterdam with a private bathroom’.

But the Londoner received quite the shock after arriving for his one-night stay to be met with a grey shipping container with three mattresses and a portable toilet inside.

A British holidaymaker who booked a £100 home in Amsterdam through Airbnb was stunned to find that it was a shipping container set up on the roadside (pictured)

A photograph taken from inside the container shows three solitary mattresses lying on the floor, complete with bedding

A photograph taken from inside the container shows three solitary mattresses lying on the floor, complete with bedding

Pictured is the shipping container's portable toilet, which had been installed inside the 'home'

Airbnb listing

Pictured is the shipping container’s portable toilet, which had been installed inside the ‘home’, while the listing on Airbnb is pictured right

The Londoner received quite the shock after arriving for his one-night stay when he met with just a shipping container with three mattresses laid out on the floor (pictured)

The Londoner received quite the shock after arriving for his one-night stay when he met with just a shipping container with three mattresses laid out on the floor (pictured)

He told Dutch news site AT5: ‘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.’

Mr Speller asked the owner for a refund, but the request was denied, leading to Airbnb refunding the £100 as well as the £230 for the hotel booking itself.

AT5 claimed that there was no permit for the container, and after visiting the site to find it empty, it was towed away by city contractors.

The home, described as a ‘cottage’ by a host calling themselves ‘Jacob’, was taken off the site shortly after Ms Speller raised his complaint.  

A spokesperson for Airbnb 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.’

A window on the side of the container, found near the city's main railway station, looks down on the three beds inside

A window on the side of the container, found near the city’s main railway station, looks down on the three beds inside

AT5 claimed that there was no permit for the container, and after visiting the site to find it empty, it was towed away by city contractors

AT5 claimed that there was no permit for the container, and after visiting the site to find it empty, it was towed away by city contractors

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