Woman books Airbnb in Bali and finds it’s an abandoned villa: ‘I guess it’s yours now’
A woman booked an Airbnb in Bali, only to find the advert she was planning to stay in was actually an abandoned villa.
New Zealand-born Bree Robertson quit her nine-to-five job in June. Since then, she has been living on the Indonesian island and documenting her travels under the TikTok username @atypical_adventure.
Last week, Robertson shared on TikTok that she had booked an Airbnb listing in east Bali as a “romantic getaway” for her and her partner. The accommodation cost $80 a night and had good reviews, according to Robertson. The listing on Airbnb’s website also said the host had a one-hour response time, leading her to believe the rental was still active.
Robertson posted a video of the abandoned building on TikTok on July 16, and it quickly gained over three million views on the app. In the short clip, the villa looks completely desolate with overgrown brush and broken windows.
“When you book an Airbnb in Bali and it’s an abandoned building,” Robertson said in TikTok. “Completely overgrown, no one home, windows broken”.
The viral video has raised many questions from other TikTok users wondering how an active Airbnb listing could turn out to be abandoned. Robertson clarified in the comments section that she “assumes it’s still open” because the website says the host has a one-hour response time.
The listing also included photos of the villa before it was abandoned. “It was sad to see because it was definitely the place in the pictures, just in bad shape!” Robertson commented. Luckily, Robertson reported the abandoned property to Airbnb’s support team and thankfully received a refund.
“Guess it’s up to you now,” one TikTok user joked.
“Move in, fix it and live there,” someone else said.
“It’s such a shame it looks like a wonderful place if it’s still working,” a third person wrote. “Many places in Bali have closed due to the pandemic. I hope airbnb will update their listing.”
Others offered Robertson tips for booking rentals in the future, such as requesting a live video of the current listing status and checking for recent reviews no more than a year old.
In an interview with Things, Robertson explained that the Airbnb listing was “super misleading” due to the host’s response time shown on the website. However, an Airbnb spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that “the listing is no longer on the platform.”
“So many people have come forward saying ‘this happened to me,'” Robertson said. “It kind of opened my eyes.”
The Independent contacted Bree Robertson and Airbnb for comment.