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Airbnb owner reopens viral lounge tents for London tourists – and hikes their prices

Airbnb owner reopens viral lounge tents for London tourists – and hikes their prices

An Airbnb ad offering the chance to stay in a tent inside a London apartment which was initially removed from the website following public outrage has been reopened – and the price has risen to £80 per night.

The unusual stay went viral in January after footage of the residence in London’s popular Chinatown surfaced online, shocking viewers with the state of London’s rental market before being hastily removed.

At the time, Airbnb cost £68 per night per tent, but The independent can now reveal the property has been relisted for sale and the host has increased the price by up to £80 a night.

Room without a view: Airbnb tents in central London (Jam Press/Airbnb)Room without a view: Airbnb tents in central London (Jam Press/Airbnb)

Room without a view: Airbnb tents in central London (Jam Press/Airbnb)

This means a month’s stay in a tent will cost holidaymakers a staggering £2,240, or around £2,632 including service charges.

In the new listing, the host gave a more realistic idea of ​​what visitors can expect, after calling the tents “romantic” the first time around.

They point out that the area is noisy and customers should bring earplugs.

The host also explains that while there is a security camera on the property, there are no cameras inside the tents themselves.

The new listing reads: “As our accommodation is close to (the) busiest shopping street, the tent is not (quiet) at night.

“Regarding the security arrangement, there are two monitoring systems (devices) to help protect guests’ property. One is at the top of the front window and the other is at the top of the rear window.

“There is (no) surveillance system inside the tent.

“We provide you with the mattress, bedding and towels. As we are near a busy street, our accommodation is not quiet on weekends. So please bring earplugs with you, it’s the best way.

“The price is fair for a tent.”

Additionally, although each tent costs £80, guests will also have to fork out an extra £14 in Airbnb service fees.

That means the total price per tent is now £94 – but that could well be a bargain for the right person.

The Airbnb is located in the heart of Chinatown (Google)The Airbnb is located in the heart of Chinatown (Google)

The Airbnb is located in the heart of Chinatown (Google)

When the property was first listed and rented, it received a mixed response.

“The apartment is very well located and easily accessible, (the host) is responsive and responds very quickly,” read one review.

“On the other hand, we had to use a different bathroom every day, even once it was not clean at all (dirt, cigarettes on the floor, clutter, etc.).

“Also, the toilets in the common areas are not clean, and the sink is not clean either.

“Finally, we suffered noise for 2 nights from people in the next room coming and going all night without bothering to be discreet for us.

“For 1 or 2 nights we recommend because it’s pretty decent, but nothing more. »

The property has an office for anyone who wants to work (Jam Press/Airbnb)The property has an office for anyone who wants to work (Jam Press/Airbnb)

The property has an office for anyone who wants to work (Jam Press/Airbnb)

Airbnb had an average rating of 4.45 stars the first time around, and its second listing has a five-star rating so far.

It reads: “Very nice housekeeper, the place (is) very well located, you are outside and you are already in one of the places to know Chinatown and they were always attentive when we arrived.” (sic)

The list sparked a wave of memes and jokes about staying in this place when it first went viral.

One Twitter user (X) joked about the possibility of an affair in the tents.

A second added: “The fact that a tent in a room with two other tents in it is on Airbnb for £68 a night in London is… I don’t even have words to describe it.”

“I can’t decide if it’s great or horrible. Or both,” wrote a third.

Although it took until January for Airbnb to go viral, photos of the unusual accommodation have been circulating on social networks since 2023.

There were three tents in the original listing, but the host appears to have reduced the size of the second listing, placing only two tents in the living room, which could explain the higher price.

An Airbnb spokesperson said The independent: “Following an investigation, this host is removed from the platform in accordance with our policies, and listings are no longer available for booking.”