Call your host before you go go: Kiwi traveler booked AirBNB villa for US$80 a night, only to find a dilapidated building

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Kiwi journey author Bree Robertson thought she booked an idyllic trip dwelling in Bali through AirBnB final month to have fun her and her accomplice’s anniversary. Little did they know, the villa that they booked for US$80 an evening was, in actual fact, a dilapidated constructing.

Talking to Coconuts Bali to inform her story, Bree, who’s at the moment staying in Canggu, mentioned she booked the two-storey villa positioned on the jap a part of the island for the night time of July 16.

“I had chosen it as a result of it seemed stunning [on the AirBnB listing], it had nice evaluations,” mentioned Bree.

That very same day, Bree, who based the journey weblog Atypical Journey, mentioned that it took her and her accomplice two hours on a motorcycle to get to the villa from Canggu. Sadly, the placement that was offered through AirBnB was inaccurate, and it took them nearly one other half an hour to lastly find the constructing.

“On the itemizing, it mentioned there could be somebody there 24/7. I knocked on the door, however there was no reply so I walked across the again which was after I realized the place was clearly deserted,” she added.

To say that Bree was perplexed when actuality sinked in could be an understatement, as she advised us that each one she might do was simply snicker about the entire state of affairs. On TikTok, she uploaded a clip depicting the dilapidated constructing and its smashed home windows, drained swimming pool, and overgrown vegetation. The clip received 163,100 likes and 1031 feedback per this text’s publication.

“I didn’t suppose a lot of it after I posted it to be trustworthy. I believed it would get a couple of thousand views and that may be it. I by no means anticipated this response,” she mentioned.

Within the clip’s feedback, Bree mentioned that as a result of AirBnB afforded the host an hour to substantiate her villa reserving, she “assumed it was nonetheless open” so she and her accomplice traveled to the positioning with out establishing contact with the host.

Fortunately, AirBnB did give her a full refund after she defined to them what occurred. “It was a easy course of,” Bree quipped.

There was no bitterness in anyway from the New Zealander’s tone as she advised her story to us. Along with nonetheless recommending Bali to everybody, Bree shared that she hoped her misadventure this time would function a lesson for many who are in search of a spot to remain.

“Be sure to have contact with the host earlier than you go,” she mentioned.

AirBnB mentioned in a press release that they have been “disenchanted” with the incident and the villa itemizing has been faraway from their platform.

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