World’s worst Airbnb leaves Aussies stunned

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There are a lot of horrible Airbnbs (and guesthouses) hosts in the world. From the tales of the hosts of the Icelandic guest house (allegedly) hold guests hostage to the owner of Australia’s best Airbnb accused (allegedly) threaten a man who left a negative review we don’t run out of stories to show how Airbnbs isn’t always amazing (although in many cases they can certainly be).

But the latest story to grace our screens isn’t about the host. This is the Airbnb itself. And it’s literally a stench. What is it exactly? It is an Airbnb in which the toilet is located in the same room as the bed. In fact, it’s barely three meters.

Perhaps the most surprising thing is that aside from the weird location of the restrooms, it actually looks like a pretty nice Airbnb. That being said, the guest who posted the photo to Twitter on Sunday – Reuters journalist Byron Kaye – was (it seems) unimpressed.

In typical Reuters style (although this is his personal Twitter account), he seems, contrary to most reviews from aggrieved Airbnb guests, to stick to the facts, simply writing, “I just drive five hours for an Airbnb with a toilet in the room. ”

Mr. Kaye did not say where the Airbnb was located. He reports a lot of Australian news for Reuters however and Tweets about many Australian eventsand is based in Sydney, so we believe it is somewhere in Australia.

DMARGE contacted Airbnb and asked if having a toilet in the room meets Airbnb standards in Australia. We were told that Airbnb would look into this and get back to us. At the time of publication, we have not yet received a response.

Airbnb also commented on the post, writing, “Hi, Byron. We would like to take a closer look at this, can you DM us the email address associated with your Airbnb account? We will wait for your response.

As for the commenters of the My Kaye Tweet, many were certain that this was unacceptable. One wrote: “An innovative approach by a scam Airbnb owner driven by greed. I’m surprised there aren’t a few double berths in the room to maximize revenue? »

Another wrote: ‘I’m not sure this would meet building regulations in Australia.

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This commenter was not alone, with another writing: “Unlikely to be BCA (Building Code of Australia) compliant. After you leave, you might consider reporting it.

Others were a bit more facetious (feeky?), with comments like “It’s cool that the owners can keep an eye on you, make sure you’re okay and pass you another roll of toilet paper if you don’t.” they see you’re out of paper. and “Well, your room is covered in fecal particles, if one of the previous guests left the lid open when flushing the toilet”.

“Five hours is outrageous. I wouldn’t drive more than three hours for an Airbnb with an in-room toilet.”

Another wrote: “Did you ASK for the toilet NOT to be in the room?!”

It didn’t stop there. Twitter commentators had a field day, writing digital poetry such as: “I’d turn this wardrobe into a fake wall – and leave it as a statement”, “Probably fine if you’re a very peeing little one,” and “Nothing says romance like the aural pleasure of listening to your loved ones poop.”

“On the contrary, if you open one of these wardrobe doors, privacy is assured.”

The image has also inspired some Australians to recount some of their intimate toilet encounters abroad, with Prague and London as examples on several occasions.

“Aha! I lived in a flat in Swaffham, UK in the 90s with a shower in the kitchen,” one said.

“Sorry, but I’ve seen this in more than one French hotel,” said another.

“The technical term is ‘shithouse’.”

One wrote: “I stayed in a dormitory-style post-war complex near Prague years ago. The showers had lounge doors from the waist down. Talk about disconcerting.

Others asked if Mr Kaye had seen pictures of the room before he booked it, asking: ‘Would you have taken it if you knew?’ and asking, “Surely this would have been mentioned in the reviews”, as well as asking if it’s really that different from a bathroom.

“I feel like people claim that’s not exactly what a bathroom is. Sure, there’s usually a door, but really.

Other theories included: “It looks like a section of flooring was replaced and the wall was left unpainted from the removal of the bulkhead, possibly for that huge flue” and “They probably spent all their money outbidding the locals who wanted to do something outrageous like…use the place as their home.

“Airbnb, looks quaint to visitors but is an absolute blight in our regional communities.”

Some Twitter users, however, looked on the bright side. One wrote: ‘If it’s an attic room, as an aging man is actually grateful, I didn’t have to come down several times during the night.’

Another said that while it stank, it could have been worse (or, at least, more dangerous): “I stayed in one in Tasmania that had a hot tub sunk into the floor…right next to the bed. Let’s say I was VERY careful waking up in the middle of the night.

One to ponder next time you’re on the can…

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