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The Short Version: On Wimdu.com, couples can find the vacation rental of their dreams. This online marketplace lists over 350,000 apartments, beach houses, and other holiday homes available worldwide. All you have to do is input where you want to go — London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York City, etc. — and when you want to go. Once you click “Search,” Wimdu will direct you to inexpensive and gorgeous accommodations where you can get away from it all. Since 2008, over 2.5 million people have used Wimdu to plan a budget-friendly vacation at an intimate villa, a spacious flat, and other private accommodations. Wimdu has properties in more than 150 countries, so you can travel the world without booking a crowded hotel or hostel. Whether you’re looking for a place on the beach, in the country, or in the city, you can search Wimdu’s property listings to find your ideal getaway.
In the summer of 2013, Robert Soyka went on a family vacation in Dubrovnik, Croatia. He wanted to spend some quality time with his family — including his parents — at the Mediterranean Sea, but he didn’t want to spend a fortune. So he used Wimdu, a website where people post listings for vacation rentals in 150 countries, to find a cozy beachside villa within their budget.
The three-bedroom house cost them 70 euros a night, and, Robert told us, it was worth every cent. “It was a large apartment with a wonderful view,” he said. “The beach was just 8 to 10 minutes away on foot.” The family had such a great time on their trip that his parents decided to stay an extra day there.
Since then, Robert has gone on many inexpensive and enjoyable vacations thanks to Wimdu’s simple booking tools. He now works for the company as its Public Relations Manager, and he couldn’t be more enthusiastic about its property listings.
“You can often find really incredible and inexpensive apartments that you’d never think you could afford,” he said. “All you have to do is search Wimdu to get a great deal on your travels.”
Founded in March 2011, Wimdu started as the passion project of two close friends, Arne Blackwenn and Hinrich Dreiling, who felt dissatisfied by expensive and impersonal hotels. They wanted to give people access to more intimate vacation rentals around the world. The website caught on in Europe and gradually expanded its reach worldwide. By June 2011, Wimdu had grown into the second largest community marketplace for private spaces.
To date, Wimdu has helped its members enjoy over 10 million nights of relaxation and intimacy at vacation rentals in over 150 countries. It has become a popular resource for travelers who want to add a personal touch to their travels. According to the website, “This new and authentic way of traveling is here to stay. Come join us!”
Anyone planning a romantic getaway should take a look at what Wimdu has to offer. You could find a chic studio apartment in Paris or a beach house on Bali. The website lists more than 350,000 properties in more than 150 countries, so you have plenty of options, particularly in Europe. Robert told us a majority of Wimdu’s vacation rentals are in Europe, but it is growing its offerings in the US, the Caribbean, Asia, and South America.
Wimdu offers travelers authentic and affordable rental options in cities around the world. Whether you want to go surfing in Sydney or touring in Tokyo, you can find hundreds of available apartments, houses, and private rooms in top tourist destinations. The best part is you won’t have to worry about hotel staff intruding on your romantic weekend. When you stay at a vacation rental, you can keep your privacy and have all the comforts of home at your disposal.
You can cook a romantic breakfast in the kitchen in the morning and snuggle up on the couch at night without interruption. You have the space to enjoy your time with your significant other. You don’t have to jockey with people at a shared bathroom in a hostel or at breakfast buffet in a hotel. As Robert said, “There’s nothing romantic about standing in a queue for coffee.”
Over the years, Wimdu has helped its members enjoy over 10 million nights in vacation rentals around the world. Many vacationers have written positive reviews about their experiences in various apartments and houses, so you can get a sense of what your stay will be like.
“We are on our second honeymoon,” wrote Jason and Sarah, who traveled around Europe together. “We found accommodations with Wimdu — as we wanted a local and more personal experience where we would get to meet other people. We have only positive things to say.”
During their travels, Jason and Sarah stayed with Ahman and Bruce, who gave them a 10-star review as guests. “We shared many hours chatting, which was fun and easy,” said Ahman. “They are personable, clean, and tidy as well as very respectful. Everything you could ask for from a guest. I would welcome them back in a second!”
“I’m glad I discovered Wimdu. This way, I found a very nice room in a well-located apartment in Munich.” — Anca in a TrustPilot review of Wimdu
Many travelers write reviews saying their vacation homes were everything they hoped for — and more. “We were very comfortable in the apartment,” Jordi wrote about a flat in Rome. “Very centrally and conveniently located for walking everywhere.”
“We had a great time,” said Monika in a 2015 review of a Parisian barge. “It is a cozy place, and you can feel that the people who live there are happy people.”
Wimdu’s goal is to help people have an enjoyable vacation without spending a fortune. So far, it seems like they’ve been largely successful. In the coming years, the team hopes to expand their offerings abroad and give people more diverse travel options in countries around the world.
Robert was blown away by his experience staying at a villa in Croatia, and he credits Wimdu with enabling him to have a luxurious vacation with his family without going outside his budget. The villa fit his family’s needs, and he enjoyed the personable aspects of staying at someone’s home. His host even made homemade cake for them — twice.
It’s no wonder over 2.5 million users have turned to Wimdu to help make their vacations more special. When you exchange keys with someone on this site, you can have a quiet and memorable stay at a vacation rental and avoid the hassle of crowded hotels and hostels. Couples can save money on their romantic getaways by joining Wimdu’s growing network of international travelers.
“You can find a very inexpensive apartment, especially if you travel in the off-season,” Robert told us. “It’s great for couples planning to have a nice weekend in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin because it’s more private than a hotel. It’s kind of like home.”