The Platform in Profile
Wimdu, is a fast growing online platform for private accommodation of all kinds, and is radically changing the way we travel. The goal: forego crowded hotels for individual private accommodation. Wimdu offers range from a room in a shared apartment to a New York penthouse. Wimdu brings together travelers with hosts from all over the world. In doing so, Wimdu creates a unique opportunity for face to face interaction between guests, hosts, and beyond. In line with the company’s motto – Travel like a local – Wimdu promises an entirely different travel experience. Whether it is a private holiday or a business trip, for those who prefer customized accommodation over generic hotel stays, at www.wimdu.com they will find a wide spectrum of unique accommodation options from across the globe.
“Travel like a local”
Wimdu’s online platform makes it possible for anyone to rent out their room, apartment, house, or other living space to travelers from different parts of the world. Wimdu assumes the responsibility for managing the online booking and payment. The advantages for all parties are obvious: the hosts profit from the extra income and offer their traveling guests valuable insider tips, and in turn, travelers gain unique impressions and develop interesting perspectives on/about their host’s city or hometown. This is how travelers can truly explore and discover cities across various countries like a local. “We are defining a completely new way to travel with our rapidly growing community,” explains Wimdu founder Arne Bleckwenn. “Accordingly, we want to offer suitable accommodation for even the most unique requests – whether it is a sailboat in Seattle, an affordable room in a shared Munich apartment, or a tree house in France.”
Transparent and Safe
Transparency and security are highly valued at www.wimdu.com. For these reasons, Wimdu retains the rent and transfers the money to the host only 24 hours after the arrival of the guest (s). Additionally, the host may also require an additional security deposit upon arrival of the guest(s).
Local presence Worldwide
Wimdu, the online marketplace for private accommodation, brings together travelers and hosts from all over the world. The portal is accessible in sixteen different languages and is active across five continents. 50,000 accommodation options across 100 countries are already available, and at present the number of private accommodation offerings for rent is doubling each month. The platform offers not only the opportunity to list and search for accommodation, but also an array of travel-related information like city guides and tips for trips. As part of the Wimdu community users from around the globe can exchange information and develop contacts through video channels, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Wimdu which was founded by entrepreneurs Arne Bleckwenn and Hinrich Dreiling, and financed by Rocket Internet and Kinnevik has its headquarters in Berlin. Rocket Internet’s success with projects like Zalando and Citydeal provides Wimdu with a nice tailwind in the travel industry.