These AirBnB Reviews Were So Bad We Wouldn’t Stay There if They Paid Us

Shannon Quinn - January 21, 2023
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Accidental Halfway House

In case you are unaware, a halfway house is a place for people with a history of substance abuse. Many of them have criminal backgrounds. Most of the time, they have just been released from prison, and they need a place to stay that will help them transition into the real world. Somehow, a bedroom in one of these places was put up for rent on AirBnB! A user called -Multif0rms- wrote that he showed up to the residence, and realized it was a halfway house. It was filled with members of the Aryan Brotherhood- a gang known to be racist. Since he was Mexican, he was immediately uncomfortable and left as quickly as possible. Maybe a resident of the house decided to put the room online to bring in some extra income. It was probably against the rules of the facility, but they tried to get away with it anyway.

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Ask And You Shall Receive (Thanks To A Hidden Camera)

Earlier on this list, we mentioned how some hosts will put hidden cameras in their homes. While she can’t prove it, this is what 15sunflowers suspected was happening at her AirBnB in Helsinki. When she and her fiance got there and settled, they were chatting about things we thought were missing in the apartment. She specifically remembers saying that she wished there was another towel hook in the bathroom, since there was only one. The next day, she went out with her fiance all day. When they got back that night ,there was another towel hook in the bathroom. Was it possible that she didn’t notice it before? Or was the host eavesdropping, and decided to surprise them with a second towel hook?

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Sketchy Accommodations in Rome

Rome, Italy is famous for its historic tourist attractions like the Colosseum and Pantheon. But unfortunately, it is also fairly well known that it’s a hotbed of crime. Pick pockets target tourists all the time. So if you look even remotely foreign, you’re almost guaranteed to have someone try to mug you. This story from a deleted user is even creepier than that, though. “Stayed at an AirBnB in Rome. The door had 5 deadbolt locks on it, and the windows were barred. Found out why. Randomly through the day, people would try to open the door and look through the windows. Multiple times we would turn around and see people peeking through cracks between the curtains. We weren’t even there a lot. Usually a quick meal or drop stuff off then back out to see the sites. Really nice place though.”

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Hidden Drugs

This next story from a user called KingCarnivore is short and sweet. He said, “The remote for the TV wasn’t really working and I opened up the battery compartment to see if the batteries were in there correctly; there was a bag of meth in there.” Wow! You would think that the host would have known that their guest would need a working remote while they stayed at their house, and they would have found the meth. Laws vary from state to state, but in my home of New Jersey, you can be sentenced to three to five years in jail, as well as be forced to pay $35,000 in fines if you’re charged with possession of meth.

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The Host Was in a UFO Cult

One incredibly interesting story from a user called yourlocalnewtdealer landed him in the home of a UFO cult follower. It all started when he got an AirBnB in the middle of Kansas. To sleep on the couch was just $12 a night. When he arrived, it was the middle of the night, so he had to quietly slip into the house and lay down on the couch. But the entire house was filled with creepy artifacts, including a tapestry with the name of an organization on it. After searching on Google, he figured out that it was a cult that believed in UFOs. Because of this, he found it difficult to fall asleep. Sure enough, the next morning, his host almost immediately launched into a conversation about aliens. He left soon after having breakfast, along with a ton of pamphlets she gave him with information about joining her cult.

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This Person Wasn’t Sure Why They Began to Hallucinate… Turns Out There Was Real Danger

A Redditor called beanersalad shared the story that they went to an AirBnB where several people were staying. But they had their own private room with a mini-fridge. Since it was during the pandemic, they were self-isolating in this space. That’s when things got weird. They became short of breath, had vertigo, and forgot that they had drawn in their sketchbook. Then, paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions began to set in, and they were questioning their reality. To some, this might sound like the beginning of a psychotic break. But it turns out that they were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning! Thankfully, they were still able to call the gas company. They left, and eventually got a refund for their stay, considering that the gas leak almost killed them.

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This AirBnB Was a Literal Biohazard

In the original post, you can read just some of the details of what was going on in this horror show of an AirBnB. But the original poster‘s title summarizes the situation pretty well. The AirBnB host had vials of live viruses, biohazard bags, syringes, and empty hidden camera boxes scattered around the living room and in the fridge. Apparently, they were just “props” for her video for her invention. If you’re interested in reading the entire text conversation, it’s very long. The AirBnB host clearly has something mentally wrong with her. It’s good that the guest got out quickly before things got weird.

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