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
The Codols Flat
The Codols Flat is located in the Barrio Gotico, very close to La Rambla and walkable to the beach, the port, and anywhere in the Old City. There are tons of great restaurants, cafes, and night spots in the area.

The apartment is spacious and bright, with a large living room and two bedrooms. One bedroom has a double bed, a large desk, and a dresser. The other bedroom has a set of bunk beds and a wardrobes. In the living room there's a sofa which can fold out into a sofabed, a TV with DVD player, and even a piano - just in case any pianists are staying who want to practice! The kitchenette is in the living room and it's equipped with a stove, mini-fridge, sink, microwave, and pots/pans/dishes/utensils for cooking and eating. There's a table large enough to seat 6 people. The living room wall is decorated with portraits by Mark, the owner, who paints in his spare time. The bathroom is renovated with all modern fixtures.

It's located on a narrow street that, while it's not overly busy, noise does reverberate up, so light sleepers may want to consider bringing a pair of earplugs. The apartment has air-conditioning (in the living room only), WiFi, and washing machine.
  • air-conditioning in living room only
  • double glazed windows
  • WiFi
  • 3rd floor
  • with elevator
  • fan
  • independent heating
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • washing machine
  • American coffee machine
  • tea kettle
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • CD player
  • TV
  • DVD player with selection of movies
  • full kitchen
  • mini-safe
Loren Carter on Sep 2014:

Good location. large rooms.
Stove needs replacing. Air conditioning could be better. sound deadening could be better( I don't how you can fix the outside noise)
I will use them again
Kevin Langill on Jul 2014:

My family of 4 was on a last minute trip to Europe this summer and we were making lodging decisions with only a couple of days notice. We looked through Cross Pollinate and found a reasonably priced flat in or near the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. We needed a quick response from the owner since it was only a day from our arrival. The owner was quick to respond, met us at the flat (even though we arrived pretty late in the day due to our flight being delayed), and welcomed us. The unit itself is a good size for a family of 4 and had everything we needed. Refrigerator, stove, washer, comfortable beds, working tv, AC, and an elevator. The shower was great too! The location is an easy walk to different Squares, La Rambla, food, espresso, groceries, and the ocean. I would stay here again.
Quick turnaround, good responses, accurate information and choices that I did not see using bigger sites. Thanks!
Tory Costello Cowan on Jun 2014:

We absolutely loved our stay at the Codols Flat! The location was perfect - it was very quiet the three nights we were there, it's a quick walk to a Metro stop, the waterfront, a couple of sweet plazas where we enjoyed sitting for a meal and people watching. The owner was there to greet us, the apartment was extremely clean, very well equipped, all the amenities worked and we were very comfortable. The owner was very giving of his time; he recommended sites to see, restaurants (which were great!) and left us with a lovely bottle of wine! What's not to love?! I'll definitely be back to The Codols Flat.
Nothing to do with the apartment, but I do agree - the lobby is a bit musty smelling. The flip side is that the lobby windows and door are always closed and locked to guarantee our safety...so I will happily put up with a little musty air!
We booked an extensive trip with Cross-Pollinate and they were fantastic! We had to change our dates (which had a ripple effect on our multiple apartment reservations) and they handled all our requests quickly and without hassle. Super cool! I've been recommending them every time I hear someone planning a trip! Bravo!
Tim Laughlin on Jun 2014:

This flat smells like a sewer, as well as the building.
This is a grossly miss represented flat
Admin on 03. Jul 2014:
I'm very sorry this guest was so disappointed. Our staff has seen the flat and we've worked with the owner for many years. We hope the other reviews that paint a positive picture are more informative than this review.
Rosemary on May 2014:

The location of the apartment was wonderful. Although the street is small, it is withing walking distance to many great restaurants, the metro, and Las Ramblas. I know others have commented about the noise from the bar downstairs but it really didn't bother me at all. Mark, the owner was very helpful and was always prompt in responding to any emails I sent. It was just my husband and I that stayed in the apartment so we had plenty of room to spread out. The apartment would be fine for four people but it might get a little too cozy with five or six. It was wonderful to be able to have a kitchen to prepare a little quick something to eat.
I really can't think of anything too important. Maybe a list with the locations of grocery stores in the area.
This was my first time using Cross-Pollinate and it was a hassle free experience. My only regret is I wish you were in more cities - you guys are great!
Anonymous on Dec 2013:

Great central location. Apt perfect for our family of five and very good value. Owner very helpful before and after arrival w/ suggestions.
Bedrooms face noisy street; earplugs somewhat helpful unless you are a light sleeper. Of course, we were there over the holidays- perhaps less partying way into the night at other times.
very easy to book, accurate discription of property.
on Nov 2013:

Mark was a great host. He was organized and responsible, sending us detailed information on how to get to the flat, and meeting us at our convenience upon our arrival. He was extremely responsive and came over on our second day to show us how to use TV and washing machine. Location is wonderful and extremely convenient. Apartment is quite spacious.
Some of the appliances and furniture could be updated. As Mark warned us, the stove was a bit tricky to use but we did manage to get it to work. On our last night we tried to use the microwave, which looked relatively new, but could not figure out how to get it to work. We didn't call him because it was already kind of late. I echo the previous comments about the noise late at night from people leaving the Red Rocket (nice and funky bar, just not when trying to sleep). It was winter when we were there but I imagine it would be even noisier with the windows open.
Very helpful!
Jane on Oct 2013:

The apartment is in a lovely street (carrer) in an area full of character which is convenient to La Rambla and public transport as well as many restaurants and cafes. We enjoyed Placa Geore Orwell which was our local placa (square).
No improvements are necessary within the apartment.Prospective tenants however should be aware that there is a late night bar below the apartment. It did not have loud music but there is some crowd noise which adds to the local experience but could affect sleep.
Cross-Pollinate was fantastic and I will definitely look there first when researching again.
L Mariscal on Jul 2013:

The comfort, cleanliness, and location. We highly enjoyed the privacy and ambiance of the flat. The owner was very helpful and friendly and provided valuable information on not just the flat but about the city upon our arrival. It had all comfort and necessities needed. The location can't be beat. We were walking distance from metro, restaurants, the harbor, columbus monument, Las Ramblas, and trendy restaurants. we were also 10-15 min short walking distance to the Picasso Museum, The Barcelona Catedral, park de la Ciutadella. Using the metro and bus is super easy and user friendly. We took the metro to go to Montjuic. We also used the bus to go to Parc Guell and FC Barcelona Stadium. Price and location can't be beat.
Great experience using Cross-Polinate. Very efficient, accurate information and fast response.
Janice on Apr 2013:

Good location, close to metro stop, stores and restaurants, free wifi. Apartment was clean and comfortable Owner pleasant, helpful and easy to work with.
unpleasant smell in entry way and elevator of apartment building. needed ear plugs to sleep because the apartment is located above a busy, noisy bar.
I would use Cross-Pollinate again. Everything worked as advertised.
John on Apr 2013:

The location was perfect. Short walk to Las Rambla. Several bakeries/restaurants/grocery stores nearby for breakfast. Easy metro access. The apartment is perfect for a family.
Could use some new pillows. The current ones have are quite flat. There is a bar below next door on the street level. It is quite noisy late on Friday and Saturday. Be forewarned and bring some ear plugs, so a night of bar noise doesn\'t affect your next day of touring.
Cross-Pollinate was great and we will definitely use their services again. They helped resolve questions about a deposit (ended not being required, thanks). Check in was super easy and we definitely recommend their service.
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4.7 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 6 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm) or 1 double & 1 single
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 11 am, must call owner upon arrival for check-in, non-smoking
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 The Codols Flat