People on social media are saying a woman was catfished after a viral video showed her NYC Airbnb window opening to a seating area of a restaurant.

The woman, who has identified herself as Desiree Baker, took to TikTok to explain how the room she received wasn’t exactly what was listed.

According to Baker, she booked a room on Airbnb in a home described as “overlooking the city” in Manhattan. What she really got was a room at a Japanese restaurant, and the only view was of people eating their food.

“I roll up the shades — there are no buildings,” she explained to her TikTok followers. “We’re in a restaurant. Let me show you.”

There’s been some mixed reaction from the more than 14,000 comments she received under the video captioned, “HOW IS THIS LEGAL?”

Some people are livid for Baker.


HOW IS THIS LEGAL you literally can not make this up. I can open the window and touch their table

♬ Quirky – Oleg Kirilkov

“I would email Airbnb for [a] FULL refund. That was 100% false advertised,” one TikTok user stated.

“Stayed at the same Airbnb in New York, sis. Def catfished,” another mentioned.

Others thought the room was actually convenient.

“Order take out from the restaurant and eat it at the window with them,” someone advised.

“Girl, go in the restaurant after they close and make yourself a drink,” another TikTok user recommended.

Following the video, Baker said Airbnb is offering a credit toward a future stay after her viral video, which she says she’s fine with.

A representative for Airbnb told Nexstar that they are working to “support the guest,” and that the hotel’s operator — Cassa Studios — is under investigation.

Meanwhile, the NYC Airbnb host, says that guests with terrace-facing rooms are notified in advance.

“As is the case in much of the city, we have to deal with the constraints of a building with an unusual floor plan,” Cassa Studios hotel manager Yulia Letenko told PIX 11. “Only six out of our 86 rooms are terrace-facing, and our policy is to place guests in those rooms only when no others are available or upon request.

“These rooms are offered at a discounted price, guests are notified in advance about the restaurant, and we allow guests who do stay in those rooms to move as soon as another room becomes available. Many of the guests who stay in our terrace-facing rooms appreciate having a discounted option available near popular tourist destinations.”