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An Airbnb guest has shared his shock online after being greeted by a lounge upon arriving at a ‘spacious one-bedroom condo’.

The place had a lighted sign in the front window, as well as a bucket and sink for a shower and light switches hanging from the wall.

Eryk Sawicki landed in Copenhagen after a 12-hour journey where “everything that could go wrong went wrong,” he explained in a video with more than 120,000 views.

“I had to tape this because there’s a lot to unpack,” he said before touring the location.

“When I walked in, through this beautiful door here, you can see there’s a Buddha and a TV screen pointing out, and I thought ‘hmmm that’s kinda interesting’ but it was pitch black and I couldn’t, “I can’t see a thing,” Sawicki explained in the video, which can be seen here.

The only light switch initially visible turned on the lights in the window and outside the apartment-living-room-in-one.

Upon realizing there was a large curtain, Sawicki pulled it back to reveal that “there is actually a massage parlor”, showing a massage table set up in a parlor environment. The room, he explained, also smelled of cosmetics.

After agreeing that the space was a workplace used as an Airbnb on the side for a little extra cash, he checked out the bathroom. Sawicki had been warned by the host that the bathroom had no drain, but that she had left a bucket for her to shower in.

He assumed it would be a wet room style bathroom, but was disappointed to find that the bucket was meant to stand and catch the water, which came from an apple shower head attached to the sink faucet.

Although surprising when renting an Airbnb, such cramped bathrooms with makeshift showers are said to be common in Denmark, where apartments used to have communal showers in one bathroom.

Over the years, requests for private showers grew, but small bathrooms couldn’t meet them. Instead, homeowners have installed small showers in bathrooms, often right next to toilets. However, one without a drain and using a bucket instead is apparently not that common.

When asked how to turn on the lights in the apartment, the host warned Sawicki that the switch was “a little tricky though”.

“I’m looking back and this switch is hanging on the wall,” he said, pointing to the switch with visible wires.

Sawicki confirmed in a review that the place had a bedroom that was “actually quite comfortable and cozy”.

Viewers were equally perplexed and amused by the room Sawicki rented, awash with comments of advice.

“GO! Get a hotel room,” one TikTok viewer advised.

“I should pay you to stay there,” another joked.

Newsweek contacted Sawicki and Airbnb for comment.

Wacky Airbnbs are far from uncommon, as hosts online have repeatedly shown.

In December, an Airbnb guest expected to wake up to a view of the New York skyline, but was instead greeted by diners at a restaurant. Her bedroom window appeared to connect to a restaurant, meaning she could see diners sitting nearby having a meal.

“How is this legal?” she asked in a video. In another clip, she confirmed the restaurant had one-way glass, so they couldn’t see her in her room.