Airbnb guest window opened straight to New York restaurant, video shows go viral

Airbnb has confirmed the company is investigating the hotel (not pictured) after a young woman discovered her room shared a window with a Japanese restaurant. (Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Talk about a convenient location to nearby restaurants and bars!

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A young woman visiting New York recently discovered that her hotel room – which she had booked through Airbnb – literally shared a window with a Japanese restaurant, allowing her to peek at customers while they ate.

The woman, who identified herself as Desiree Baker, first shared the bizarre experience on TikTok earlier this week, noting the discrepancy between the actual room and the online listing, which reportedly indicated a bedroom facing the city.

“I’m rolling up the blinds – there are no buildings,” she tells her TikTok followers. “We are in a restaurant. Let me show you.”

As seen in the clip, Baker lifts the shadow and nervously peeks at a couple having dinner on the opposite side of the glass. Diners, however, cannot see Baker because of reflective coating on the other side, she later discovers.

“I would have screamed the first time opening the blinds,” one viewer wrote in response to the video.

“I HOPE YOU ARE JOKING[?]asked another commenter.

“Omg I would be LIVID!!!!” added another user.

Baker also demonstrated in the following clip that she was able to open the restaurant window, and then used this ability. when returning a few cocktail glasses which she had brought back to her room.

“HOW IS THIS LEGAL,” she captioned a video, which has since been viewed more than 9 million times on TikTok. “You literally can’t make this up.”

After her stay, Baker tagged both the hotel and the restaurant on TikTok. Like NYC eater noted, the restaurant appears to have been built on a outdoor terrace with a retractable roof, indicating that Baker’s bedroom window may have once overlooked an outdoor space.

Baker, meanwhile, claimed she was contacted by Airbnb after seeing her viral video on TikTok. She said they gave her a credit for a future stay, which she “agreed” with.

An Airbnb representative also confirmed to Nexstar that they were working to “support the guest” and that the hotel operator – Cassa Studios – was under investigation by the company.

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