You've been working really hard lately. You get up at the crack of dawn each morning, sit through a long commute for a job you don't love, only to get home so exhausted that you barely have enough energy to eat peanut butter straight out of the jar for dinner. Don't you think it's time for a vacation?
Why not give Airbnb a shot? For those out of the loop, the popular hospitality service lets homeowners rent out their houses and apartments to travelers looking for a more authentic experience than they might get staying in a hotel.
Sounds great, right? Before you book anything, you might want to browse these horrifying stories from Reddit users who have been both Airbnb guests and hosts.
It's a good idea to wait until after lunch, though.
Especially for #13.
1. "My one and only Airbnb stay was at a nice condo in Long Beach, CA right on the beach."caffeinedreamz
2. "We arrived at our Airbnb in Austin to find that the master bedroom had been quite literally blocked off by the pool table."beefwich
3. "My first experience with Airbnb was when the host cancelled on us at 1am before our 6am flight. I just happened to check my email from the airport and was on with support within 10 minutes."Scops
4. "I sent the guy a message before my flight saying I looked it up on Google Maps and it didn't look like a residence but didn't get a response."sdfsaasa
5. "We arrived after 20 hours of travel to a completely moldy apartment in Paris that gave us instant headaches."asherfergusson
6. "My parents just this week discovered hidden cameras in their Airbnb spread throughout the house.""Even worse, when they discovered them and covered them up, within an hour they got an angry call from the host demanding they uncover them so they could continue watching my parents. So not only did they have cameras, they were actively monitoring them, which is such an insane invasion of privacy." —DebatableAwesome
7. "I have a service dog & became friends with another lady who went through the same program as me for her mobility service dog."
via: Getty"When she got married this past year she tried to go through an Airbnb 'host' in GA. We live 700 miles away from the wedding’s location, so it’s not right around the corner & easy to rearrange plans on short notice. Everything was fine with the arrangements until 2 days before she was supposed to leave. The host suddenly changed their minds on allowing her service dog to come with her, even though that violates federal law and Airbnb’s own 'policy.' The lady told my friend she didn’t care if my friend was handicapped & that the dog assists with walking, maintaining balance, & retrieving items, there was no way they were letting a 'filthy dog' in their room because it could break things, potty in their floor, and they’d never be able to advertise it as 'pet-free' again. Even after being informed of federal rights that service dog handlers have, and Airbnb’s 'policy' on service dogs, they refused to make it right. Utterly disgusting behavior." —heartofbronzexxviiii
8. "My in laws used to air bnb their house while they were traveling."
via: Getty"Once, the people staying there left the deck doors and windows open all night (despite the instructions being very clear that this should not be done) and a bird got into the house and in its stupid attempt to escape bloodied itself all over the main floor and died in the living room. The people staying there decided not to mention anything and just left it like that. Two days later they get back and see the mess. What the fuck people!?" —maumacd
9. "I used to work customer service for Airbnb. One night at around 4am, I got a call from a guest saying that the place they rented was burning down."
via: Getty"Twenty minutes later, I got a call from a host saying that a guest had burned their place down. It wasn't really my job to figure out who was at fault, or even what actually happened, but one thing was certain. That place did burn down." —bayek
10. "My host lied about having wifi and a king-sized bed.""Then, I was woken up by her sneaking into the apartment in the middle of the night and snooping in my bag. I had to call the police... That was fun." — ppihfmsl
11. "It was some guy's art studio.""The walls were paper thin. so I heard the host yelling at possible art dealers or whatever all night while trying to sleep on a cot which had one dirty pillow on it (also for some reason it had a single rose on it)." —TheRelevantElephants
12. "Host lied and tried to get my friends and I to pay a $250 cleaning fee, even though we did everything he asked before we left.""I declined the payment, reported him to AirBnB, and never contacted him after that. We rented his house for spring break (we're in college) and did not throw any parties or trash the place, and cleaned it pretty well before we left. I have a feeling he does that every time he rents to college students and just pockets the extra cash because most groups are probably afraid of getting in trouble." —Pattewad
13. "My boyfriend got an AirBnB and it was the couples bedroom.""They slept on the couch and we had to pass by them to get to the room. I felt so uncomfortable with that." —[account deleted]
14. "My group rented the second floor of a house with access to the first floor where the owner lived.""She was part of a Great Dane rescue organization and had three of those huge dogs. One was old with huge tumors growing all over its body and two of them were young and aggressive. We would try to go out and sit in the yard and they would charge at you and only pull up at the last second. She was all like "Oh, they're so sweet," but honestly they were a little terrifying. On our last day there, the old one died and when I went downstairs to say goodbye to the lady, she was sitting on the floor sobbing. I was like 'Sorry about your dog, gotta go!' My friends stayed later and ended up having to help her bury it." —[account deleted]
15. "Staying in New Orleans in July with no AC probably tops my list.""There were roaches everywhere as well. The worst thing we found was some super faulty wiring. One day it rained and water was leaking out of the electrical socket. Staying at this place totally ruined New Orleans for me." —iwinagain
16. "Was woken up at 3 AM to loud bangs and screaming.""Someone yelled that the host was 'on speed and assaulting them, and to please call the police.' Police came and settled the dispute. We never left our room because of how scared we were. The next day we cancelled our stay and checked in to a hotel, only to have to host message us and ask if we left because the shower was broken...? Uh, no lady, the whole being woken up to a drug binge/assault thing would be it." —wooboostin
17. "Scorpions everywhere at an AirBnB in Mexico." —unashamed_desire"Hey man, scorpions occasionally need some rest and relaxation at a local AirBnB too." —Industry18
18. "I got an AirBnB that was listed as close to transportation.""Translation: directly under the flight path for an international airport. There was no A/C and the 'queen' mattress creaked and had a dip in the middle, so my boyfriend and I ended up smashed together in the hot June night. By 5 AM the flights started up and we had to close the window because of the noise. I think I got three hours of sleep. I called AirBnB in tears and was able to get my money refunded. We ended up going to a hotel." —kgilr7
19. "Arriving late at 2 AM, we had been emailed the code to unlock the door. It didn't work.""Maybe we punched it wrong? Nope. After 30 minutes of trying different things, called the owner, who didn't answer. Woke up my sister and went to their place, slept on the floor while my girlfriend slept on the couch. The next day we went and tried again. It didn't work. The owner insisted he gave us the right code, but was not available to come and try it himself, so we just cancelled the whole thing and I slept on the floor again the second night. First and last time I'm using AirBnB." —NO_FIX_AUTOCORRECT
20. "We found two different hidden cameras with feeds going into the wall.""One in the bedroom facing the bed/closet, one in the bathroom vent facing the mirror. I cut the cords and took the cameras with me as evidence and reported it to the police. They were unable/unwilling to do anything since it was his property, he had the right to record anything. They were unsure of the legal grey area and made an intimidating visit to him. We no longer use AirBnB and I always check for cameras in hotels now." —azvigilante
21. "Worst was a cheap place for a family reunion in Chicago.""Found some lady's basement. It sounds bad but looked okay. I just needed a bed and a shower. What could go wrong? Open sewer pipes. They must have removed a toilet to make some extra room, but didn't cap the pipes, just threw a literal grate on it. I can't imagine being broke/psychotic enough to rent a literal sh*thole." —NomadicShitPoster
22. "Adorable beach cottage in a rural island town.""Went to check the mattress and it was covered with hundreds of brown pin-sized stains — bedbugs. Owner SWORE it was age stains. Uh, no. No hotels anywhere nearby and a torrential storm outside. Slept on towels with my bags in the car. Got away unscathed." —SisterStereo
23. "The place was gorgeous, clean, in a great location.""The host was kind, friendly, courteous. The price was fair, and it was accurately described in the listing. It was definitely the worst AirBnB I've ever stayed at. It's also the only AirBnB I've stayed at, so it's also the best." —TVxStrange
24. "I go to school at Emory University.""Some dude in a freshman residential hall rented his single out on AirBnB for a while until the RA caught him. He’d give them his room key and student ID and then go sleep in the lounge." —wisconsin_cheese_
25. "My dad stayed in a place that turned out to be a halfway house/boarding house for released criminals.""The company that owns the boarding house advertised it as a 'cozy inner city studio.' The place looked decent in photos and was cheap so he booked it last minute. He said it was nothing like the photos, obviously filthy dirty, the windows didn't lock, and there was screaming going on all night. He got there at 8 PM so he stayed one night and left the next morning for a hotel. AirBnB investigated, he got a full refund and I imagine that the house is no longer advertised." —zara300
26. "I stay in a SHARED room (notice the emphasis on shared) because it's cheap and I don't mind sharing a room.""Last night my roommates turned out to be a couple. I don't know what these people thought a 'shared room' was but they were very pissed at finding this out, as was I. But they made it way more awkward than it had to be. They would 'whisper' about me and the guy would suggest his wife/girlfriend leave the room every time he does as if I were a creep. I'm a 22-year-old who looks 18 and they were in their 30s. Heard the guy say he went through my stuff to 'get a feel for me to make sure I'm not a psycho.' Thank god they were only here for one night and I hope my 6 AM alarm annoyed them more than they did me." —IsolationDrills
27. "Someone had the bright idea of placing a masked mannequin in the doorway, facing the door.""Never failed to creep me out every time I opened the door, especially at night since the lighting was quite dim. The rest of the flat was filled with antiques and had very poor lighting, which made me feel like I was in a Resident Evil game or something." —DatAdra
28. "The host was out of town on the day we were arriving, so he said he'd hide the key in the garden.""We assumed that the key would be somewhere near the door, or hidden under a rock or something. But no, the host had buried the key in a random spot in the garden, and it took over an hour of searching and digging with help from random passerby to find the damned thing." —shinkouhyou
29. "My family and I stayed in an AirBnB in Bushwick, New York last Christmas.""We’ve stayed in lots of AirBnBs but never ones with fake cops trying to break in. They were super aggressive and started using racial slurs after we refused to let them in. They looked uniformed but it was really dark and we couldn’t see well. They kept saying, “you didn’t do anything wrong we just need to talk to you." lol sounds legit. We were pretty shaken considering my sister’s pretty young and I ended up calling 911 to double check nobody had been dispatched to our area at the time. Was a pretty memorable Christmas indeed!" —Acm9
30. "The AirBnB was in a great location for a great price. The only problem? The bathroom.""See, using the word 'bathroom' was a bit of a stretch. Because it wasn't a room at all. It was literally the corner of the single room of the apartment, with one of those partitions people change clothes behind to cordon it off. Our solution was to blast Animaniacs at high volume whenever one of us had to go. If I wasn't 100% comfortable with my best friend before that trip, I certainly was afterwards." —MetalGilSolid
31. "We couldn't party on the deck or have the curtains open at night because of the turtles.""It still went okay, but half the point of being directly on the beach wasn't available because we came at the wrong time. I understand completely and it's totally justified but I wanted to drunkenly run around the beach and swim in the shark infested ocean at night." —ActualWhiterabbit "Those turtles probably saved you from a drunken shark attack." —hateyoukindly
32. "The room I booked was a flat in a repurposed warehouse downtown that seemed pretty trendy.""However, what the description failed to mention was that the room shared a wall with a sex club. That night a string of swingers lined up outside my window and I had the pleasure of listening to their festivities all night long." —Larry-a-la-King
33. "Stayed in a room rented out by a very artsy couple.""They painted and made pottery in a downstairs room they had converted into studio. Great couple and great accommodation, but they kept "house rabbits" — something I had never come across. But as an animal lover, this was no problem for me. The problem happened one morning when I shuffled to the kitchen while still half asleep. I didn't see the rabbit, stood on it, and it let out a high pitch squeal. I had broken its foot. Things were a bit awkward for the next couple of days, but the vet bills were covered by their house insurance." —SickPuppy01
34. "The host collected creepy dolls.""They were everywhere! Staring at me." —andreainternet
35. "I used to work Customer Service for AirBnB.""One night at around 4 AM, I got a call from a guest saying that the place they rented was burning down. Twenty minutes later, I got a call from a host saying that a guest had burned their place down. It wasn't really my job to figure out who was at fault, or even what actually happened, but one thing was certain. That place did burn down." —DOS13
36. "A friend of my brother's was traveling, couch surfing, AirBnB-ing and the like.""She stayed with some guy for a night. He was kinda creepy so she wanted to leave ASAP. Long story short, a woman stayed with that same guy shortly after my brother's friend, and he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer." —ZurtleTheTurtle
37. "Lived in a condo in California for a while, but due to a vocational change I had to lease it out via AirBnB to afford the mortgage repayments.""Long story short, I came back into money and asked my tenant to leave within three weeks. When I tried to re-enter my place the day after he was meant to be gone, he hadn't moved. By the limited view I had of the place he hadn't bothered to pack up at all. The worst part is, now I have to take him to court to get him out which may take over a year" —Lachshmock
38. "My girlfriend and I stayed in an AirBnB for a night that had the cutest kitty in it.""We pretty much spent the whole night playing with it and it even slept with us. When I went to return the keys I told the owner how much we loved her kitten. She looked puzzled. Turns out the cat was a stray. She said it must have wandered in an open window." —WandaSykesOfficial
39. "My friend rents her place and she has three cats. It's mentioned on her profile.""When she rents, she rents the ground floor and her cats always stay down the basement even when there aren't renters. Anyway, this family comes to rent and complains that there are cats and that the father is allergic and they need a refund. She says no way. She mentions that there are cats in her profile and if they chose to pick her house despite that that's their problem. They threatened to sue her. Nothing came of it, but I just can't understand if they had someone so allergic that just being in the house with the cats was causing issues, why the hell did they even try to rent her house?" —ephony5
40. "I am a host and had a girl stay with me for about a week. Our house is a duplex, Airbnb downstairs and we live upstairs. We have pricing that varies dependent on the amount of guests who are staying, and she paid for just herself. Well, she also snuck in her boyfriend and her 'housekeeper' with her to stay. No big deal we let it go."manduboo
41. "So I was room mate with a guy who rents out the third room at Airbnb and we had quite a bunch of cool people living there like two professional snowboarders, backpackers, couples."rubaduck
42. "I stayed at an apartment in Garden Grove, California for six days.""My room had a serious ant infestation, which my host tried to resolve by applying some strong-smelling stuff to the floor. It did not stop the ants very much but it gave me a hell of a nose bleed. I was also forced to adapt a vegetarian diet all the time I was staying there (fair enough, if the host was staying with me, I wouldn't have had a problem, but she was hardly there apart from when I arrived and when i left). But being frog-marched to the nearest grocery store to stock up on vegetables that I was expected to eat was OTT. My 'treat' was a small pack of turkey bacon strips and a Hershey's chocolate bar (which I hated). I wasn't even allowed to admire the COLOURS of their junk food without being snapped at (I'm from the UK, and I saw donuts with coloured frosting I didn't even know was possible). Also, I bought my nephews some Oreo-brand snacks to bring home to them while I was there...oh, if looks could kill." —solace-in-misery
43. "I used to host Airbnb at my house when I was out of town for business in order to make some money on the side."DANK_MEME_LORD
44. "My first guest was a middle-aged woman who was attending a Robbie Williams concert in the neighbor city."LarsTheWise
45. "The worst guest we ever had was a very large guy."ionwesker
46. "When I checked out I got a very angry email from the host saying that I left behind one hair scrunchie (hanging on the closet knob) and an empty beer bottle container."
via: Getty"Oh, and I left the bathroom light on. Never mind the fact that we cleaned everything up before leaving. That host was extremely pissed off about the above three things and said she would not give our security deposit back. Luckily I had taken various photos showing how much of a dump the place was and sent the pictures to her saying that her ad was deceptive. That worked — I got my security deposit back." —my_final_answer
47. "One of my client's neighbors rented out their condo on Airbnb for a weekend."OccasionallyWelsh
48. "They had a wedding without telling us."
via: Getty"The place was trashed. They left a hot iron on the kitchen table and left a burn mark. There was pizza face down and smashed into the carpet of the kids room. Garbage in the pool. Trash all over the yard. Never again." —mostlyemptyspace