Unbelievably friendly and warm staff who gladly gave expert travel advice and recommendations that only a Roman would normally be privy to. - Loic Diels
I LOVE this website and will gladly recommend it to anyone headed this way. Nothing disappointed us! - Mary-Iris Taylor
I have been using Cross-Pollinate for about 10 years now. The service is consistently great and I can always find just the kind of apartment we like, at the right price. - Hirani Himona
A really great idea - with a network of hand picked little rooms/guesthouses. If only we could have this in more city destinations! - Zoe Buck
I love Cross-Pollinate and every time we go to a new city I look to see whether they have some accommodations over there. - Arantza Aldea
The two places I have stayed at from Cross-Pollinate have been among the best across Europe. Highly recommended. - Nicholas Burn
Thanks a lot to Cross-Pollinate for the opportunity to experience a city as an insider! We really enjoyed our stay in Rome and Venice and look forward to more. - Tatiana Marchenko
Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
This was our only stay with a C-P apartment and we were very pleased with the entire process. Will look to use them again on our next Europe trip! - Anthony Giglio
Great web site and quick response from the team a CP made the whole experience easy and hassle free. I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and I'm sure they will make use of their excellent service. - Shane Pickles
Cross-Pollinate was extremely helpful! They found us a place to stay in our price range when many other places of business couldn't help us. - Sarah Seminutin
Cross-Pollinate was very easy to use, and it is so much better to stay in places like these than big corporate hotels; you get a much better feel for the place. - Kaspar Deane
Very straight forward. Well done. Definitely would use it again. Love these type of alternatives to hotels! - John White
Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and easy to use. We used Cross-Pollinate to book a room in Florence (the second leg of our trip), which was everything I thought it would be. We have recommended Cross-Pollinate to our friends. - Barbara Carlin
Cross-Pollinate are great - the descriptions are accurate and they are very responsive to questions. - Dominique Bayne
Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more websites. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness, etc. was second to none. - Caroline Collis

what is Cross-Pollinate

Cross-Pollinate is a handful of people who travel around and find cool places to stay.  We inspect them, review them, and make sure the owners are ok to work with, so we can be accountable for our recommendations.  We work almost exclusively with non-hotels - spare rooms, private apartments, small B&Bs - places where you can get a more authentic experience of what it's like to live in that city.  

We are travel experts (with our own hotel in Rome), who know and love the cities we operate in, know the properties we list, and know their owners. We don't like searching through thousands of properties and hundreds of reviews.  We prefer to provide a curated list and a qualified, personal recommendation.

our story

It begins in 1999 when - as a newly married couple - we flew by the seat of our pants to Rome and opened a hostel/hotel called "The Beehive". It was a risky endeavor, done without even a shoestring (we had a Swiss army knife and a handful of credit cards though). The first night we had 5 guests and have been full since.

Riding this wave of success, in 2000 we started Cross-Pollinate, one of the first online accommodation websites in Rome that specialized in alternative, unconventional accommodations. Over the years we've grown and expanded, but we keep true to the initial plan - to only work with places we feel we can truly recommend.

our travel philosophy

When we travel we want to experience the uniqueness of a place, even if that means straying from our
comfort zone. We seek out private homes, B&Bs, and self-catering apartments owned and run by both
locals and expats that represent what life is really like in that city. We find that this results in a richer
and more authentic experience of the way others live, and helps us understand ourselves,
and the world, better.