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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
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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
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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
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Passeig de Gràcia Suite 34
The Passeig de Gràcia apartments are seven apartments all located in the same building, owned by the same person. Manel has four "suite apartments" that are basically identical, as well as three other slightly different apartments, the Passeig de Gràcia Residence, the Passeig de Gràcia Terrace, and the Passeig de Gràcia Penthouse.

The four suite apartments (11, 14, 24, and 34) are all 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartments that can sleep up to 4 people. In each, the bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and in the living room there is a queen-sized fold-out sofabed. They are beautifully renovated with parquet flooring and brand-new bathrooms and kitchens -- so they both ARE and LOOK sparkling clean! The furniture and decorations are identical or very similar in all four of the apartments, with modern furniture and a tasteful 'minimalist' style.

The suites are equipped with pretty much all the modern amenities you could think of to make your stay comfortable: air-conditioning, WiFi, double-glazed windows (so it stays quiet inside), flatscreen TV with DVD player, CD player, mini-safe, iron, hair dryer, and washer/dryer. Even the kitchen is decked out with everything you could need to make basic meals, like microwave, toaster, electric kettle, American coffee machine, and a dishwasher. For families traveling with small children, the owner also offers the use of a crib and a highchair for free (upon request).

Suite 34 is located on the 4th floor of the building (with a modern elevator). The building, which is rather small, has Manel's seven "Passeig de Gràcia" vacation apartments, as well as a few other apartments which are still residential. Manel's office, where he works all day handling reservations and managing the apartments, is on the first floor of the building, which has a beautiful, fairy tale-like Modernist façade.

It's located right on the Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona's most important streets, close to Gaudí's famous Casa Milà (locally called 'La Pedrera', which means 'the stone quarry'), a UNESCO World Heritage site -- a trip up to walk around the maze-like rooftop and see the 'stone warriors' up close is a must (it will remind you of an MC Escher painting)! It's also close to the metro (just 2 blocks from the Diagonal stop), making it very easy to get around the rest of the city from there.
  • 4th floor
  • with elevator
  • double glazed windows
  • independent heating
  • full kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • DVD/CD player
  • CD player
  • flatscreen TV
  • WiFi
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • iron
  • hair dryer
  • linen and towels provided
  • mini-safe
  • washing machine/dryer
  • free highchair available upon request
  • air-conditioning
SLL on Jul 2013:

Great location, with metro station nearby. Having a kitchen and a living room are nice.
The mattress on the bed is very hard. It is due for a replacement. The owner/staff was not clear on the instruction on how to meet with up. Also did not respond to email about questions during our visit.
Very helpful staff.
anonymous on Aug 2012:

Location, comfort, thoughtful amenities, everything provided, quiet (4th fl), convienient to tourist office, buses, metro, A/C, free wi-fi.
Couldn't believe we found this lovely apartment last-minute. We couldn't have found anything more perfect if we'd book six months in advance.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 4 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, Maestro card
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, linens and towels changed once a week, arrivals from 9pm-midnight: €20 supplement; arrivals after midnight additional €6/hr, city tourist tax €2.48 per person per night ages 16 and up (not included in price), damage deposit of €300 euro made by credit card authorization or cash on arrival
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 Passeig de Gràcia Suite 34