Feeling Local and at Home in Girona, in a Wimdu Apartment
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Feeling Local and at Home in Girona, in a Wimdu Apartment

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Feeling Local and at Home in Girona, in a Wimdu Apartment

In the last years, lodging in apartments has become more and more popular among travellers and I was not immune to short-term apartment rental‘s appeal either.

Girona Colorful Houses Along the River

Apartments are an excellent solution for solo travellers, families and group of friends, often cheaper than hotels and definitely more comfortable than hostels.

By staying in an apartment  you can feel more at home, mingle easier with locals and cut costs by cooking your own meals. True, you don’t have the services you would get from staying at a hotel (daily room service, reception desk and possibly other amenities), but to me there’s nothing like laying on the couch with a good book or my laptop and preparing a good Italian coffee for breakfast in the morning.

[pullquote]Short-term apartment rentals are getting more and more popular. And for a good reason[/pullquote]

Last time I went to Girona, a beautiful medieval town full of charm, I stayed at a Wimdu apartment with a few other bloggers friends. We were all there for TBEX Europe, a major bloggers Conference and the kind of event that is both exciting and exhausting. Staying at a place where we could also relax after a long and intense day, have a chat as well as being able to do some work was important, and the Wimdu apartment in Calle Bellaire, right on the edge of Girona old town (literally a few steps from what is officially considered the ‘old city’ on the map), proved to be a very good solution.

girona wimdu apartment

With three bedrooms and a large sitting room, our apartment guaranteed us privacy as well as the opportunity to spend some time together in the living room.

[pullquote]Over 150,000 apartments, bed & breakfast and holiday homes worldwide. With Wimdu, it’s hard not to find something fitting one’s needs[/pullquote]

At our arrival, check-in was very smooth and easy and in a matter of minutes we were in our apartment, simply furnished, but with all main amenities. The building is rather old and maybe not the most welcoming, but the apartment was cosy in its simplicity.

As we were starving, we went for a quick bite and a cerveza at a café nearby, our first occasion to mingle with locals. Yes, because being the apartment just at the end of the old town, we were almost the only ‘strangers’ in the area.

A few steps from the old town and the river, and a pleasant 15 minutes walk from the Congress Centre, the location of our apartment was just perfect.

Girona Old Town

The only little  flaws with the apartment were the internet connection (free wi-fi is something I consider a real plus, but unfortunately it was rather slow and unable to cope with the amount of connections generated by a bunch of travel bloggers always connected),  the lack of a cupboard or a drawer  where we could lock our stuff  (basically, apart from the entrance door, there was not a single key in the entire apartment), and a few more clothes hangers would have been useful as well.

These are minor things, though, considering that the value for money is very good. The rental for the apartment – where 4 people can stay very comfortably – starts from Euro 57 per night, meaning less than 15 Euro per person per night, which is a great bargain.

It was my first experience with Wimdu and I’d be curious to stay in a few other places to get a better idea. So far, the first experiment was a pleasant one and as Wimdu collects worldwide more than 150,000 apartments, B&Bs and holiday homes, I guess I’d have plenty of choice for future short-term apartment rentals, somewhere in the world.

Have you ever stayed at a Wimdu apartment? How was your experience?

Note:  My stay in Girona was kindly offered by Wimdu so that I can have a first taste of how they work. The opinions and enjoyment, however, are as usual all mine.

 

More reading: Guess What? Hostels Are Not Always the Cheapest Option

 

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Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.
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5 Comments
  • Michelle
    Posted at 09:21h, 30 June Reply

    I’ve started staying in apartments much more than in hotels when I travel as, like you say, they’re usually more comfortable. For me, as I tend to travel alone, they’re not usually cheaper than hotels but, if I plan on staying a couple of weeks or more, an apartment just makes more sense. Haven’t tried Wimdu though yet. But sounds like I definitely need to check them out for my next trip to Europe later in the summer. Thanks 🙂

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 10:50h, 30 June Reply

      I’m mostly a solo traveler as well, Michelle, and while I agree with you that overall an apartment may not be cheaper than a hotel, a big plus is that you have a place on your own, can cook your own food avoiding to spend a lot of money in restaurants and cafes. I know that after a while, for as much as I like trying local food I need to eat simpler things, like a good salad 🙂

  • Rosie
    Posted at 04:47h, 01 May Reply

    One of my friends says that renting an apartment is the way to go when you travel. It does give you that homey type feeling which is much more comfortable than a hotel. I didn’t realize how many apartments/flats, etc. were actually available to visitors until she showed me a website that lists them all over the world.

  • Simon
    Posted at 20:11h, 30 January Reply

    How true, Heather. Girona is simply lovely and a city everyone should include when visiting Costa Brava or as an extension from Barcelona.

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 22:10h, 28 January Reply

    Those painted houses and view of the cathedral take me back – what a lovely and undiscovered city Girona is

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