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
Bencidormi
Owned by Paola and Francesco of Il Ghiro next door, they bought what was an old pension and completely gutted it out and redid it. It's 7 rooms, 6 with private ensuite bathroom and 1 that has a private, dedicated bathroom outside the room. There is also a little kitchen area, ideal for keeping breakfast items or things to make simple picnic lunches. There's also a computer for guest use and WiFi throughout. The overall vibe is really good -- it's clean and new and minimalist, but without the "cold" feeling that often goes with minimalism. In fact, they've done a very good job of matching old materials with new, youthful color schemes. So there are white, hardwood floors and exposed beam ceilings painted white, with bold, colorful walls and simple furniture. Not swanky or pretentious, but not boring and soulless either.

The owners are helpful, professional, family-friendly and very involved.

The location is near Via Faenza, an area that is close enough to the train station Santa Maria Novella that it's easy to get in and out of the city, but also close enough to the sights in the center that you can walk everywhere. The streets are narrow and the feeling is of 'old Florence' but it's also a neighborhood known for hostels, inexpensive pensions and budget travelers, so it's well-serviced. You'll find stuff open and inexpensive things to eat here.
Details
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • air-conditioning
  • electric heating
  • use of kitchen
  • American coffee machine
  • electric kettle in common area
  • toaster
  • cable/satellite TV
  • computer with free high-speed Internet access
  • WiFi
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • hair dryer
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • safety box (upon request)
Reviews
anonymous on 26. Nov 2012:


Bencidormi was clean, bright and very well-located for an easy walk to all the sights. Paola and Roberto were very friendly and helpful and I felt immediately at home.
Not much! Maybe they could provide breakfast in bed. :-)
Cross-Pollinate is easy to use and an excellent service for booking great places to stay. It's user-friendly and the owners go to great lengths to check out the places offered on the site so you know you're getting the best deal and places that will be clean and where the operators are responsive to guests. I highly recommend it!
anonymous on 12. Sep 2012:
The location was perfect. The rooms really clean and very comfortable. Also we found the kitchenette very convenient and the pc to go online. I highly suggest it
Ratings
average score
5.0 / 5.0
Price/Value
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Cleanliness
5.0
Accuracy of listing
5.0
Location
5.0
Helpfulness of Cross-Pollinate
5.0
Property details
Property details: guesthouse (owner does not live on premises), 7 guestrooms, 6 with private (ensuite) bath and 1 with private bath outside the room
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, Visa, Mastercard, Maestro card, CartaSi
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
FREE cancellation up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed types: 1 king (180 cm) or 2 singles
Policies : non-smoking, city tourist tax €1 per person per night (not included in price), check-out time is 10:30 am, room will be ready by 12:30 pm for check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out
Spoken Language(s):
Rates and Availability
Location
 Bencidormi
A
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
B
Duomo
C
Uffizi
D
Boboli Gardens
E
Ponte Vecchio
F
Piazza della Signoria
G
Galleria dell’Accademia
H
Pitti Palace
I
Piazza Santo Spirito
J
Mercato Centrale