Living Like a Local With Wimdu in Amsterdam

Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by in Europe Travel, Netherlands, Reviews

Fresh flowers on the kitchen table - a nice touch.

When Wimdu offered to host me during my trip to Amsterdam, I was beyond excited - I’m a big fan of apartment rentals when I travel for extended periods of time, so this partnership couldn’t come at a better time. After 2 weeks in hotels, I was ready to be “home”, if only for a few nights.

Wimdu review in Amsterdam: The Location


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The apartment was located outside the city center, an easy 15 minute tram ride south (stop Johan Huizingalaan) and also very close to the airport. I’m often told I sleep like the dead, so the proximity wasn’t a problem for me but I could see it being an issue for the light sleepers of this world.

The immediate surroundings of the apartment were great, in a residential zone. But the area close to the shops felt a bit run-down and as a solo female traveler, I was always eager to get to the apartment and not hang around there. But that could be me being paranoid - that’s not unheard of.

All in all, the location is great if you don’t mind spending a bit of time in the public transit to cut on the costs, and see what it’s like to live like a true local.

Wimdu review in Amsterdam: The Apartment

The modern living room

The fully-equipped kitchen.

The comfortable bedroom

The apartment is located on the top-floor of a residential house owned by Mathilde, a lovely lady that’s been very helpful with my stay. She provided a list of tips to get around in the city, as well as maps and pamphlets.

As such, the flat was spotless, large, modern and tastefully decorated. It was really impeccable, and I couldn’t have wished for a better option. The bed was comfortable, the wifi was fast and reliable, the kitchen and bathroom were fully equipped and the cable TV made for a nice entertainment option when I had had enough with work.

The welcoming committee was on the fluffy side, and regularly came up to my room for some cuddles. Not that I minded at all.

Pet me.

Wimdu review in Amsterdam: My Verdict

I had a very nice experience at Mathilde’s flat, and with Wimdu. The transaction was swift and efficient, and my stay went without a hitch. The location was a bit further than I’d expected, but it really wasn’t a dealbreaker - far from it. I really enjoyed being able to have a few nice home-cooked meals, a few petting sessions, doing laundry and getting some work done while feeling at home.

Wimdu offers similar apartments all around the world - if you too are looking for a different, cozier travel experience, make sure to check out their selection.

Disclaimer: My stay was hosted by Wimdu. As always, all opinions are my own (but I may have been biased by the cat - I’m that much of a cat person).

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10 Responses to “Living Like a Local With Wimdu in Amsterdam”

  1. Andrea

    22. Jan, 2013

    Wow, it looks like a great apartment. I’ll have to look into it for my trip in May!

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  2. Matthew

    22. Jan, 2013

    That’s exactly where I stayed earlier last year! I really loved it. It was spacious, light, and I didn’t think it was a sketchy area. But I’m a big guy so may be that helped me a bit!

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  3. Caroline

    22. Jan, 2013

    I’ve never booked an apartment before but this looks tempting. I don’t like it when it looks like you’re just in someone’s home, you know? But this looks good!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Feb, 2013

      Yes, I felt right at my home, even though I had to walk through the owner’s hallway.

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  4. Patricio

    22. Jan, 2013

    I really prefer hotels - don’t like the intimacy of being at someone’s place, no matter how clean/profesionnal.

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  5. Nick Rutten

    22. Jan, 2013

    That looks like a great place, I’d prefer that to a hostelbed every time.

    I’m from Amsterdam and that neighborhood is considered a little sketchy. That said, I’ve lived in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods of Amsterdam (Osdorp) and I never experienced any troubles at all. Even the sketchy areas are pretty safe in the Netherlands :) I wouldn’t worry twice about it.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Feb, 2013

      Yes - much better than a hostel, no doubt about that.

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