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
Zoo Rooms
Zoo Rooms is a brand-new boutique B&B that just opened in June 2012. Steve, the Irish owner, has been brewing the idea for quite a while though... he's lived in Barcelona for several years running other B&Bs (a couple of which are also on our website), but he's long wanted to create his own place from scratch and had the name "Zoo Rooms" in the back of his mind for years. He finally got the chance to open his place this year, after major renovations which completely modernized the apartment. When I visited, it was still at the beginning stages of renovations, and Steve's friend Sara, a Portuguese artist, was standing on a table working on the animal-filled mural that now decorates the entire main wall of the living room area.

The guesthouse has 7 rooms, all with private ensuite bathroom. There's a large double room with a terrace view, a large double with balcony, a triple, and a "suite room" with balcony that sleeps 4 people. All the rooms are different but with modern, stylish decor -- and there are super cool lamps all over the B&B that look like jellyfish, designed by another friend of Steve's.

One of the highlights of the guesthouse is definitely its huge terrace! It's decked out with hammocks and lounge chairs for those who want to put their feet up and relax. They even organize weekly BBQs during the summer months, with an array of Argentinian and Galician meats, fresh fish, and grilled vegetarian dishes.

The guesthouse offers free WiFi, air-conditioning, a self-service breakfast, among other things. Guests are welcome to use the shared kitchen to cook meals.

L'Eixample is a great area to stay in, as it's outside of the craziness of the Old City / Ramblas areas, yet still really central and easy to get around from. Barcelona has a fabulous metro system and you'll have no problem getting to wherever you need to go from the area. You can walk to Gaudí's masterpieces La Pedrera and Casa Battló, which are a few blocks away. You've also got a wide range of restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops to choose from within walking distanze of Zoo Rooms.
  • private terrace
  • linen and towels provided
  • 2nd floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • independent heating
  • use of kitchen
  • self-service tea & coffee in common area
  • WiFi
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • computer with free Internet in common area
  • DVD/CD player
  • CD player
  • mini-safe
  • communal terrace
  • washing machine
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o. (€ 10.00)
Lindsay on Sep 2016:

Good location, good value. Very nice hammock/patio area to relax after a day exploring Barcelona
I really like the website, I have had good experiences with the website.
Cheryl Koerwitz on May 2016:

Location, spirit of rooms, lovely terrace, great kitchen & wonderful staff. Anna, Steve & Eva were so great in helping us with all our questions-could answer anything we asked & even got us a wonderful cab driver when we left. We stayed a second time because we enjoyed it so much. Would come back again if traveling in Barcelona & hope to again.
Really nothing but I would always like inside rooms-much more quite.
Very good experience-would definitely use again-thanks.
Connie Andrigo on Apr 2016:

Use of kitchen facilities and fridge. Access to terrace Small safe in the room. Good wifi
Door lock to number 5 is temperamental. Door should be replaced ....for security and aesthetics.
Sheena on May 2013:

I liked the location, though it is a little out of downtown, so may not suit everyone. I had no problem walking everywhere from here, and liked the quieter neighbourhood. Loved the terrace and the overall decor. Very comfortable room.
Love Cross-Pollinate!! This is the third time I have used it, and always had great success. I am very happy to see it expanding to other cities.
average score
4.4 / 5.0
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Booking details
Booking details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 7 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 double (140 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: must call owner upon arrival for check-in, smoking permitted on terrace only, room will be ready by 12 pm for check-in, check-out time is 11 am, luggage can be left after check-out, luggage can be held before check-in
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Rates and Availability
 Zoo Rooms
Sagrada Familia
Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
La Pedrera (Casa Mila)
Picasso Museum
Casa Batlló
Parc Güell
Castell de Montjuïc
Barcelona Cathedral
Las Ramblas
Arc de Triomf
Boqueria market
Sants Estacio